Magazine article Screen International

Lazio Targets International Films with Co-Production Fund

Magazine article Screen International

Lazio Targets International Films with Co-Production Fund

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Fund earmarks [Euro]10m in grants.

Roma Lazio Film Commission head Luciano Sovena and governor of Lazio region Nicola Zingaretti, have announced the first results of the 2016 Lazio Cinema International Call.

Grants of $11.2m ([Euro]10m) divided in two calls will be presented to Italian productions equipped with an international coproduction partner.

"The first of the two calls announced last year, now closed, has seen 18 co-productions admitted for evaluation," Zingaretti said. "That is already a dramatic improvement from the previous year which counted 16 co-productions in total."

Promotion of the territory is critical to the region. Sovena said any mention of the location earns a bonus grant. "If the movie explicitly tells the audience where the story is set, either with a line of dialogue or a line of text, they can get 5% more in financing. …

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