Coproduction and Grants
Portugal is a Party in 9 bilateral film coproduction treaties (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe). A film coproduction treaty with Israel has been signed recently and negotiations with China and India are under way.
Besides, Portugal is a Party in the Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Coproduction and in the Iberoamerican Coproduction Agreement.
This means that coproducing with Portuguese partners is opening doors to possible coproductions with more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
The ICA manages more than twenty grant (subsidy) schemes, including: development (film and TV); production (film and TV), distribution, exhibition, festivals, film literacy, promotion, etc. Film production support includes feature and short films, documentaries, animation, minority coproductions and coproductions with Portuguese speaking countries. See full yearly plan with amounts here.
90% or more of the available amount for film production is granted on a selective basis, including a specific support programme for first/second films by new directors.
Yearly budget (2018) for the subsidy schemes: nearly €19 million.