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Buenos Aires offers 20% rebate scheme for international productions

Buenos Aires offers 20% rebate scheme for international productions

Written by Joe Jackson on May 24, 2022. Posted in Incentive News

The City of Buenos Aires is offering a 20% cash rebate scheme for international shoots. The incentive is available for production expenditure in the country’s capital city. This scheme is capped at USD600,000 per title, and requires a minimum spend of USD680,000 as well as at least four days shooting in Buenos Aires. It is predicted that the incentives will support around 8,000 jobs across the audiovisual, gastronomic and hospitality industries.

New film studio will be built in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla region

New film studio will be built in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla region

Written by The Location Guide on May 23, 2022. Posted in General Interest

A major new film studio is being built in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla region. The complex will offer two soundstages (both 24,000 sq ft) alongside a backlot, production offices, catering spaces, film clusters and other support facilities. Following the successful filming of action movie Kandahar with Gerard Butler and Apple TV+’s Iraq war drama Cherry, the region’s filmmakers are keen to use state-of-the-art facilities to attract more international co-productions. It is anticipated that the studio will open by February 2023.

British Film Commission and the Italian Film Commissions sign Memorandum of Understanding at Cannes’s 75th Anniversary

British Film Commission and the Italian Film Commissions sign Memorandum of Understanding at Cannes’s 75th Anniversary

Written by Joe Jackson on May 20, 2022. Posted in Awards and Festivals

The British Film Commission (BFC) and the Italian Film Commissions (IFC) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The UK and Italy are both recognised as leading production centres for film and high-end TV production, and this agreement is designed to enhance collaboration between their respective screen industries. The MoU was signed today at The Italian Pavilion, Le Majestic Hotel 10, Cannes.

30% foreign production incentive revealed at Cannes 2022's Indian Pavilion

30% foreign production incentive revealed at Cannes 2022's Indian Pavilion

Written by Joe Jackson on May 20, 2022. Posted in Incentive News

India has unveiled a new incentive scheme for international productions. Up to 30% of qualifying expenditure (capped at USD260,000) can be reimbursed by the federal government. A 5% boost (capped at USD65,000) will be granted if 15% or more of a production’s workforce are from India. Anurag Thakur – the country’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) – revealed the news at Cannes Film Festival’s newly-inaugurated Indian Pavilion.

Gunnersbury Park Museum transforms into Victorian hospital for The Essex Serpent

Gunnersbury Park Museum transforms into Victorian hospital for The Essex Serpent

Written by Joe Jackson on May 19, 2022. Posted in On Location

Gunnersbury Park Museum plays a Victorian hospital in new mini-series The Essex Serpent. Based on the award-winning novel by Essex author Sarah Perry, the show stars Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes. The Essex Serpent premiered on Apple TV this week, and London-based location specialists FilmFixer helped transform the museum during the shoot.

São Paulo's latest incentive scheme offers 30% cash rebate and USD8 million production fund

São Paulo's latest incentive scheme offers 30% cash rebate and USD8 million production fund

Written by Joe Jackson on May 19, 2022. Posted in Incentive News

Spcine – São Paulo’s state-owned film and audiovisual company – has unveiled the second edition of its cash rebate programme. The latest instalment offers a 30% cash rebate for filmmakers working in São Paulo. A fund worth USD8 million will support national and international productions who choose to shoot in the city, offering four times the amount of 2021's production funding. This pioneering initiative is a joint venture between the City and State Governments.

Film USA reveals debut pavilion schedule for Cannes Film Festival 2022

Film USA reveals debut pavilion schedule for Cannes Film Festival 2022

Written by Joe Jackson on May 18, 2022. Posted in Awards and Festivals

Film USA has released its pavilion schedule for Cannes Film Festival 2022. A range of events and special talks have been organised to help attendees understand the breadth and depth of America's filmmaking scene. There are several opportunities to learn from industry specialists and interact with members of the international production community, including the FOCUS London and makers & shakers Awards mixer.  This is Film USA's first time at the festival.

USD350 million film studio will be developed in Ghana

USD350 million film studio will be developed in Ghana

Written by Joe Jackson on May 18, 2022. Posted in General Interest

A major new film studio and production house is being built in Ghana. The construction will be located across approximately 321 acres, creating one of the first major studios of its kind in Africa. Entrepreneur Nana Dakrabo I – also known as Michael B. Pratt – is leading the development of this state-of-the-art facility. He will partner with musician and producer Koby Maxwell, actor Michael Blackson and Washington DC’s WEG Studios, aiming to invigorate Ghanaian media production.

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