Imagine bustling streets of Buenos Aires, a lively group of people gathered at a café, and the vibrant energy of the city pulsating through every street and winding corner. This is Argentina, a country that has gifted the world with some of the most creative minds in advertising, film, and design.
Home of Creative Minds
Argentinian creators have been making waves in the communications industry for decades. The past 30 years have seen Argentina bag more Cannes Lions awards than any other Latin American country. In the Film category alone, they've outshone the entire region combined!
But what is it about Argentina that cultivates such an abundance of talent in the industry? Is there something in the waters of the River Plate that enables its creative protégés to achieve international recognition?
1. Argentina the Melting Pot
We believe that Argentina's cultural makeup plays a significant role in its success. Successive waves of immigrationhave transformed the country into a cultural melting pot of nationalities, including Italian, Spanish, German, Polish, Armenian, Turkish, British, French, and Irish. You name it, they’ve got it.
2. A Turbulent History
Argentina's history has been a roller coaster ride, marked by the hardships of the first settlers, violent government changes, dictatorships, and cyclical economic crises. Through this tumultuous journey, Argentinians have exhibited remarkable resilience and adaptability, traits that could very well contribute to their creative prowess.
Argentinians are known for their knack for finding simple, practical, and cost-effective solutions. Why complicate things? They’ve got enough to deal with.
3. Government Incentives
Another factor that could be contributing to the country's creative success is thegovernment's investment in promoting cultural and creative education. Institutions like the ENERC, the Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Impulso Cultural, Centro Cultural San Martin, Gaumont, and INCAA have all played a part in creating a thriving cinematic ecosystem in Argentina. Despite its imperfections, this financial support has driven film schools' growth, increased production pace, and fostered development and diversity in the film industry.
4. A Nation of Visual Thinkers
A key aspect of Argentinian advertising that allows it to cross international borders is its visually led nature. Their ability to think outside the box and come up with fresh ideas has earned them a reputation for excellence in the global creative community. This is evident from the fact that some of the biggest names in the industry, from WPP to Publicis, are hiring Argentinian creatives.
The secret behind the success of Argentinian creators could be a mix of their diverse cultural background, financial encouragement, and innate resilience. But here’s one tip: if you're looking to collaborate with creative minds or commission a project, look south. You're likely to find yourself amongst the most talented, human, and committed professionals you'll ever meet. And guess what? At Mediaverse, Argentine blood runs through half of the team. Take a look at some of our work and let’s connect!