With panels of documentary specialist guests from all over the world, Conecta boosts economy and country image

• 12 virtual panels about current issues for developing and finalizing documentary projects are part of CONECTA’s sixth edition.

• Open to all audiences, these panels will be streamed on the Chilean Documentary Corporation’s Facebook and Youtube channels. Besides, each will have Chilean sign-language interpreters and an option to activate simultaneous translation for non-Spanish speaking guests.

Conecta, the country’s largest documentary industry event, is a space to promote documentary cinema’s culture and spectacle. It’s a call out for some of the most important distribution and project finalizing referents to be exhibited and take part in different festivals and TV channels. As a space, it allows each project’s team and those interested in documentary cinema to be directly involved with first-level national and international exponents.

Some of the varied activities Conecta offers are virtual panels, also known as webinars. In this opportunity, CONECTA has developed a two-panel-a-day itinerary, morning and afternoon.


On Thursday, December 2nd, at 10:00 AM, the panel Movies That Matter and One World: organizations that promote the link between cinema and Human Rights, very much in tune with Chile’s current times, two years after its political and social Outburst- will take place. Maarten Stolz, senior programmer at Movies that Matter, and Tomáš Poštulka, One World programmer, Sebastián Moreno, outstanding documentary director and filmmaker, also known for directing important Chilean movies like La ciudad de los fotografos (2006), and Sergio Larraín, the Eternal Moment (2021), will be moderating the panel.

On that same day at 3:00 PM, the panel Accessible cinema: how to promote the use of inclusive tools in today’s audiovisual industry, right in line with to the Teleton happening this week in Chile – will take place. Among some of the participants are Ximena Quiroz from Pupa Studio, Paula Talloni and Soledad Silva from Almada Media, Viviana Corvalán, director of the documentary Último año, Mackito Matisen and Camila Serrano from Asociación CreA. This space will be moderated by the renowned documentary filmmaker Alejandro Hidalgo, who collaborated to produce the documentary Resonancia, portraying the story of a group of deaf and blind people taking part in a theater play.

As a reminder, all of these panels can be viewed at the Chilean Documentary Corporation’s Facebook and Youtube channels and will have a Chilean sign-language interpreter. To access simultaneous translation for English-speaking guests, viewers will have to register at the event’s website: https://chileconecta.cl/en/activities/.

On Friday, December 3rd, at 3:00 PM, the panel LAVtv: a new space that promotes environmental protection through real stories, will take place. Participating at the event will be LAVtv, a new streaming platform focused on sustainability issues to be launched in 2022, next to Fundacion Verde Chile, Plastic Oceans Chile, Fundacion Patagonia Colab, Brazilian Film Critics Association (Abraccine), and Creative Economies CORFO.

Next week, starting from Monday, December 6th, four remaining panels about relevant issues will be presented, raising expectations for its organizers. To start the week, the Immersing ourselves in new media: National Film Board, promoters of new narratives, research and audiovisual production, will be taking place. Participating at the panel will be the Canadian executive producer of NFB, Louis-Richard Tremblay, renowned for embodying the meeting point between documentary and technology. This panel will not be moderated but will have simultaneous translation and Chilean sign-language interpretation.

But that is not all for Monday, as just as the week before, there will be an afternoon panel, at 3:00 PM. Links and discussion spaces between science, creativity and the audiovisual world, is the name of the webinar in which the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers executive director, Paul Lewis, will take part. Gaston Chedufau, Las Minas Starmedia, will moderate the panel.

Finally, on Tuesday, December 7th, the closing day of the event, two panels will be streamed: Boutique distribution in Latin America: an option for auteur documentaries through two experiences, AM panel, in which Maria Vera, Portuguese Kino Rebelde’s distributor and sales agent, and Paulina Portela, director and reach manager for Compañía de Cine de Argentina. A panel of women, moderated by Claudia Rodriguez, CEO for the Colombian Preciosa Media, a company dedicated to distribution, alliances, and funding for co-productions, as well as media consulting.

Lastly, on the afternoon slot, the Is culture a right? Thoughts on the role of the arts in the new Constitution panel will be streamed. Isabel Bravo, a representative for the Culture in Emergency Intersectorial Coordinator (CICE) and for the Chilean Musicians Federation, Daniela Raviola from the Chilean Independent Producers Association (API), and Constanza Schönhaut, lawyer and district 11 constitutional representative. The panel will be moderated by Pablo Insunza, filmmaker and Chilean Documentary Filmmakers Association’s (ADOC) director.