Magazine article Variety

Brazil: Rio Region Is More Friendly to Films

Magazine article Variety

Brazil: Rio Region Is More Friendly to Films

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RIO DE JANEIRO

In stark contrast to its generous incentives for local production, Brazil offers little to foreign producers angling to shoot pics here. Most regional film commissions limit themselves to logistic support.

Sole exceptions are the Rio Film Commission (RFC), backed by the city and state of Rio de Janeiro, and RioFilme, a municipal film financing company. Together, they have funded four international productions.

RFC recently announced grants for pics and TV productions from abroad and other Brazilian states. It will distribute 1 million reals ($581,000) for two to four productions, paying the Rio state-based service company or co-producer. International producers tapping the funds must find a local partner.

The pics or series must also shoot partially in Rio, with 25% of crew and artistic elements being local.

First-round 2010 RFC grant recipients were doc The Race," teaming the U.K.'s Very Much So and Terra Vermelha Filmes and EPP, plus Gustavo Upsztein's romantic comedy "A Night in Rio," from EH Filmes and U. …

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