The sixth edition of Conecta Fiction & Entertainment concluded in Toledo, where a large group of global fiction and entertainment professionals gathered for four days to promote co-production between America and Europe. The press conference where the balance of the event was presented was attended by the Director General of Tourism, Trade, and Crafts of the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha, Ana Isabel Fernández, and the Director of Conecta Fiction & Entertainment, Géraldine Gonard.
Fernández highlighted the opportunity for Castilla-La Mancha to become the world epicenter of the audiovisual and entertainment industry with the celebration of the sixth edition of Conecta F&E, which has also become a space for business and the exchange of experiences full of activities. "We have had the opportunity to hold work meetings with around thirty of the main international production companies to continue positioning our region as a top-level audiovisual scenario," she stated.
Gonard gave the central figures for the edition held in Toledo. With a total of 728 accredited professionals from 31 countries on both continents, the sixth edition was the largest of those organized to date. In terms of participation by country, Gonard mentioned that 70% of the participants were Spanish, and the presence of European and American participants was very balanced, with the United States, France, Argentina, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Portugal being the countries with the most significant number of representatives.
As for the profile of the participants, Gonard pointed out that most participants were producers, scriptwriters, distributors, TV channels, platforms, talent, and institutions, as well as national and regional audiovisual support organizations, both Spanish and from other countries. Nearly 4,000 face-to-face meetings were held at the Palacio de Congresos El Greco. Participants were offered 17 panels, ten keynotes, five pitching sessions, and 21 activities, including workshops and talks. Of these, 18 were part of the particular program dedicated to Spain as a focus country. The new ConectaMeet agenda service exceeded 225 scheduled appointments. In addition, seven cocktail parties were offered by various sponsors, which have become ideal moments to make new professional connections, and a session open to the public of the city of Toledo in which the premiere screening of the original Disney series "Santa Evita" took place with the presence of the technical and artistic cast. The series will be launched worldwide on 26 July on Disney+.
Finally, during the press conference, the countries that will be the protagonists of the event's next edition were announced. Returning to the classic Conecta formula, a European and an American country have been chosen as Focus Countries: Mexico and Poland, with their respective industries, content, and talent. Both countries were represented during this meeting by Jaime Vigna Gómez, deputy director of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Spain, and Joanna Gdowska Bomfim, project coordinator of the Polish Institute of Culture.