Practical guide on public support for co-productions with Italy, promotion and export of film and audiovisual works.
Opportunities for Italians professionals.
Opportunities for International professionals.
Opportunities for all.
The next step is for the Italian co-producer to start the procedure to have the co-production recognized by DGCA. This procedure is part and parcel of the process for recognizing the Italian nationality.
The types of supports for Italian producers of eligible works can be divided as follows:
Selective contributions to feature films which are made as minority co-production/international partnership (MiC Call for Proposals)
Contributions to feature films made as international co-production/partnership where the Italian company has a minority share compared to the one of the foreign producer. The available financial resources are divided into two sessions of 2,500,000 Euros each. The maximum allocation per project is 300,000 Euros.
To be eligible for the contributions to the production stage, the Italian co-producer must start the procedure for the recognition of Italian nationality at least one day before the beginning of the shooting.
Since 2019 there is a call specifically dedicated to minority co-productions with a budget of 5 million Euros and structured in two annual calls. The maximum allocation is calculated on 60% of eligible costs (maximum 300,000 Euros per project) 80% of which must be spent in Italy. In this case, to have access to the call, it is necessary to have already obtained the recognition of Italian nationality.
In the Decrees implementing the law no. 220/2016 on cinema and audiovisual works, specific incentives are introduced in Italy for the first time for internationally co-produced works. In some support schemes co-produced works achieve additional rewards:
To access the contributions for the development stage, the procedure for the recognition of Italian nationality must not have been started.
There are several support lines in place:
In the experts’ evaluation is taken into account the objective of encouraging the implementation of works in co-production.
Fondi Internazionalizzazione – Funds for movie producers, coproduction markets and training (cinema).
Contribution to Italian independent movie producers for the participation in the main co-production markets and work in progress with Italian projects or project with an Italian majority share or for attending education and training courses, workshops and labs for the development of feature films.
Supports to participate in Co-production markets and work-in-progress :
max 1,500 Euros for European Market:
max 2,500 Euros for non European Market
80% of incurred costs covered
Cumulative contributions for different events up to 5000 Euros per project.
Movies produced by foreign production companies without Italian nationality can access tax credit for foreign works (cinema, tv, web).
The share is 40% of expenses incurred in Italy. The credit is requested by the Italian executive producer who then turns it over to the foreign production company as a reduction of the expenses incurred.
You can find everything on www.italyformovies.it
Film Distribution Fund – Fund aimed at co-financing P&A expenses, incurred in by foreign independent distributors for the theatrical release of recent Italian movies on the foreign distribution territory. Maximum allocation is 30,000 Euros per title/Country. Three yearly sessions are provided for 400,000 Euros each. The contribution is paid directly to the foreign distributor it has been allocated to. As of 2020 the fund is active all over the world and comes also before the support to the film Vod release, in case the theatrical release is temporarily impossible because of the Covid pandemic.
Fund for film producers for promotion in international festivals
The fund is intended for Italian independent film producers to participate with selected feature films in the main international festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, IDFA and to participate in other festival following the international premiere. The contribution guarantees the coverage of expenses incurred in up to 80% of eligible costs, with upper limits diversified according to the different events and it is destined to films produced by Italian companies mainly for theatrical exploitation.
Fund for audiovisual producers for the international promotion of movies to participate in festivals, markets and coproduction events.
Fund intended for Italian independent producers of audiovisual movies, the production of which is either full Italian or mostly Italian, for participation in Festivals with selected feature films and for participation in markets and coproduction events with selected projects. The contribution guarantees the coverage of expenses incurred in up to 80% of eligible costs, with upper limits which are different according to the different events.
Fund ICE Agenzia – Italian Trade Agency
Ice Agenzia (Italian Trade Agency) supports the presence of Italian companies in the main international audiovisual markets by setting up stands and meeting spaces, promoting networking events in agreement with the proposing trade associations.
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