Buenos Aires, Argentina-based distribution company Telefilms is celebrating its 50th year anniversary. In anticipation of the event, VideoAge spoke to president Tomas Darcyl about what the company is doing to commemorate the milestone, its mission through half a decade in the business and how it came to be founded.
VideoAge International: What does Telefilms have planned for its 50th Anniversary celebration? Anything special for the L.A. Screenings?
Tomas Darcyl: Telefilms will take the opportunity to celebrate its 50th Anniversary during our L.A. Screenings, on May 21st. During the Screenings, we will share a special cocktail with our clients and friends, and of course, present all of our new releases for 2011 and the next year. It’s a gift for us having their presence, and we are very proud and excited to show them all of our new products.
VideoAge International: What is the exact day or month of the anniversary?
Tomas Darcyl: We are celebrating our 50th anniversary during the entire year, there is not a unique day. The company was created in 1961 in a yearlong process.
VideoAge International: Can you tell me the story of how the company was founded?
Tomas Darcyl: The company was founded by [my father] Leon Darcyl, a visionary man who eyed the Latin America TV market before many others did. He shared his passion for the business with [me], and now as the president of the company I consider Telefilms to be a part of my own existence. Telefilms is made up of a team of young, dynamic and highly motivated people, with a rich know-how on the Latin America region and all its players.
VideoAge International: What has been the company’s ongoing goal or mission?
Tomas Darcyl: The goal of the company has become reality: being the most important distributor of independent films and content in Latin America.