Portuguese cinema was represented by the Portuguese Cinema and Audiovisual Institute (ICA) with a booth at the European Film Market during the 69th Berlinale.
The 2019 edition of the Berlinale was also another opportunity to present the Portuguese Cash Rebate Incentive through the Tourism and Cinema Support Fund and to introduce the preliminary results of the first year of the incentive, that came into force in 2018.
With a total of 25 applications from countries like USA, UK, India, Brazil, France, Germany and Spain, 18 have already been approved, representing a global investment in Portugal of over 25 million euros.
The presentation was done by ICA’s VP, Maria Mineiro, and the Berlin representative of the Portuguese Tourism Board, João Castro, with the participation of the Portuguese Minister of Culture, Graça Fonseca, and the Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho.
The 69th edition of the Berlinale took place between 7th and 17th of February 2019.
The Portuguese Cash Rebate Incentive was presented at FOCUS, in London, between 4th and 5th December 2018.
Besides all the information and one-to-one meetings available at the PICPORTUGAL booth, the incentive was jointly presented to participants by the Portuguese Film Institute’s VP, Maria Mineiro, the London representative of the Portuguese Tourism Board, António Padeira, and the Portuguese Secretary of State of Tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho.
Over 2700 professionals attended FOCUS in 2018 representing all sectors of the creative screen industries and over 70 countries, with more than 240 exhibiting companies.
The 2019 FOCUS, the meeting place for the international production community, takes place on the 3rd and 4th December, at the Business Design Centre in London.
The Portuguese Film Institute (ICA) and the USA representative of the Portuguese Tourism Board participated in the 39th American Film Maket’s (AFM) LocationEXPO that took place at Santa Monica, Los Angeles, between the 3rd and 6th November 2018.
Besides the Portuguese booth at the LocationEXPO floor, information about the Portuguese cash rebate incentives was presented at a cocktail reception that was attended by over 40 participants.
The 2018 AFM was attended by over 7500 film professionals and executives and 400 exhibitors, of which over 60 were film commissions, government agencies and production service companies that participated in LocationEXPO.
The 2019 American Film Market will take place from november 6th to 13th, at Santa Monica, Los Angeles.
The Regulation of the film and TV production cash rebate system funded by a Fund for Tourism and Cinema was published on the 28th of September 2018.
This incentive, which is part of the Fund for Tourism and Cinema, created by Decree-Law No. 45/2018, June 19, is one of the most competitive in Europe by setting a maximum time limit of 20 working days for the assessment of applications and by allowing a cash rebate (repayment) of up to 30% of expenditure on projects with high economic and/or cultural impact. This instrument will be managed by Turismo de Portugal and ICA (National Film Institute).
Regulation available here
Portuguese Council of Ministers has approved the support found for Tourism, Cinema and Audiovisual.
The Fund, with an amount of 50 million euros of capital, and that includes 10 million euros, in 2018, to support and encourage the cinematographic and audiovisual production and capture of international filming for Portugal, was approved on the 23rd of March, 2018, in Council of Ministers.
To read the full artcle, in portuguese, please click here.
On Hollywood Reporter: Portugal Launches New Rebate Program to Attract Film and TV Shoots
3:14 PM PST 2/26/2018 by Gregg Kilday
A new fund will offer 25 percent cash rebates.
In an effort to attract film and television production, Portugal is introducing a new incentive program, offering substantial rebates of 25 percent of the cost of production up to €4 million, or nearly $5 million, per project.
In Variety: Portugal Courts Hollywood With New Incentive
In a bid to boost its film business and draw production from the U.S., Portugal has joined the bandwagon of European countries offering financial incentives to filmmakers.
The country’s new program, just announced, will offers up to 4 million euros ($4.93 million) per project for film and television production.
From the LA Times: Portugal launches new film, TV rebates in bid to lure Hollywood.
With its grand castles and churches, picturesque cityscapes and long coastline, Portugal boasts the kind of scenery of that would make a Hollywood location scout salivate. But the country hasn't historically drawn major productions the way France, Britain and even Hungary have.
The Portuguese government is trying to change that.
From Diário de Notícias (DN): Portugal wants to enter the script of great productions of Hollywood
Turismo de Portugal and the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual will offer a new incentive system that includes reimbursements of 25% to 30% of production expenses.
The first portuguese-german film producers meeting happened in Lisbon, between 19 and 21 October 2017, where more than 30 producers presented and discussed co-production opportunities between Portugal and Germany, for their film projects.
ICA’s 2017 first semester results show an increase in both revenue and audience. National production supported by ICA grows 58% compared to 2016.
In the first half of 2017, there was an increase in gross revenue and in the number of spectators in cinemas in Portugal, of 16.8% and 15.7%, respectively, compared to the same period of the previous year. The most watched film in the first six months of 2017 was Fast & Furious 8, with 786,707 spectators.
The IV Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival has finished on the 26Th of May, in Sesimbra, Portugal, it rewards films and audiovisual works that effectively promote tourism in its various forms. The emphasis is on the implementation of best practices in the tourism sector, in line with the values of social responsibility and sustainable development. The festival accepts audiovisual productions in 4 genres: advertising, dissemination/promotion, documentary and timelapse. Organizers particularly hope to encourage young people to produce travel films.
Welcome to Portugal shooting destination!
A big Bollywood production is theses days in Portugal, we had some news and photos from Arrábida Film Commission, thru their Facebook page.
Please check it out here:
The Portuguese Film and Audiovisual Institute (ICA) and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) signed in Cannes a new three-year agreement concerning the Portuguese-French co-production fund launched in 2014.
Cultural investment allows obtaining a Residence Permit for Investment (ARI /Golden Visa).
The general rules governing the granting of Residence Permit for Investment (ARI / Golden Visa), in force from 8 October 2012, enable third country nationals to obtain a temporary residence permit to conduct business activities with visa waiver to enter national territory.
The specific rules applicable for the issuance, by GEPAC, of the declaration attesting the effective transfer of capital for the purposes of ARI in the field of Culture, have now been established. The Portuguese Office of Strategy, Planning and Cultural Assessment (GEPAC) is responsible for the certification of such investments.