Film commissions


A call for applications for the co-financing of audio-visual works to be produced in the region has been published on the Sicilia Film Commission website, by the assessore al Turismo, sport e spettacolo della Regione Siciliana (councillor for tourism, sport and entertainment of the Region of Sicilia). The incentive is managed by the Ufficio speciale per il Cinema e l’Audiovisivo (Special Office for Cinema and Audiovisual) and the Sicilia Film Commission as part of the Sensi Contemporanei project and is financed with resources from the Patto per la Sicilia – Fsc 2014-2020.

The incentive is aimed at national, European and worldwide production companies offering co-financing for feature length films for theatrical release and TV, TV series (including documentaries), documentaries and short films for up to 50% of the eligible expenses.

 The total budget of €1,525,000, which can be further augmented, is divided as follows:

  • €1,075,000 for feature-length drama films for TV or cinema release and TV drama series;
  • €400,000 for documentaries and TV documentary series;
  • €50,000 for short films.

The maximum amount available for co-financing is:

  • €200,000 for feature-length drama films for TV or cinema release and TV drama series;
  • €40,000 for documentaries and TV documentary series;
  • €15,000 for short films.

The investment in the region must be equal to at least 100% of the amount granted. Applications may be made for projects, which must enhance the uniqueness of the Sicilian territory, that are in preparation or began principal photography no earlier than 1 January 2019.

The application form will be available on the dedicated page of the website of the Assessorato Turismo, Sport, Spettacolo della Regione Siciliana – Ufficio Speciale per il Cinema e l’Audiovisivo / Sicilia Film Commission within one week.

The deadline for applications is 6 August 2019.

All Lights India International Film Festival

The 05th All Lights India International Film Festival (ALIIFF) will be happening again at Kochi, Kerala, India and will be scheduled for the 01st to 5th December 2019.  The festival is a showcase of multi-genre films from all over the world.

Entries are invited in the following categories:


International Competition for Feature Film
International Competition for Debut Directors Films
Competition for Indian Movies

Out of Competition:

Celebrate Malayalam Cinema (Strictly for Malayalam language films only || Zero Entry Fee)
Films produced between 1st January 2018 and 30th August 2019 is eligible for applying.
Regular deadline begins on 01 June 2019 and ends on August 31st 2019.

More information:

European Women’s Audiovisual Network – EWA

The Swedish Film Institute is launching a €300,000 script initiative to support female Swedish screenwriters to develop bigger-budget feature films budgeted over €3m.

The 18-month initiative will be run in two phases: up to 10 chosen participants will receive backing to research potential projects before four to six screenwriters are matched with a dramaturge. There will also be meetings with mentors and other industry professionals, skills development and networking. In total, each project could be backed with €33,000. Applications open on June 4.

The move is in response to findings from the Swedish Film Institute’s late 2018 gender equality report The Money Issue. The report found the share of female screenwriters in Sweden is less than 30% and in addition they don’t get access to the bigger budgets. Out of eight bigger budget Swedish films in 2018 there was only one female screenwriter. Also, the SFI’s commissioners receives fewer applications from female writers than from male writers.

”We have a lack of female voices and we need to change the numbers,” said Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute.

“This initiative will provide professional female screenwriters with muscles in the form of a professional network, and spark the desire to make big budget films and develop a project for the market to compete about.”

Borgonzoni: Cinecittà, Italian pride in the world

Italian directors Alice Rohrwarcher and Jonas Carpignano (both jury members in Cannes) attended the event at the Italian Pavilion in Cannes for the presentation of the Cinecittà film studios. Besides them Jane Campion, who shot The Portrait of a Lady in Italy and still remembers fondly her time in our country. The event was meant to take stock of what has changed since the studios got back under the control of Istituto Luce Cinecittà one and half year ago. These changes register the actual revival of a brand which is a passport and pride for Italy in the world, as MiBAC undersecretary Lucia Borgonzoni underlines. “Cinecittà is a flagship for our country. It’s a brand that doesn’t need presentation as everybody knows it abroad. Still, we must love it more, valorize it, and don’t take it for granted.”. Borgonzoni also highlighted how the relaunch of Cinecittà should pass through operative interventions that look at the future, in order to make it “an independent site able to work autonomously, without being at the mercy of this or that government.”

Roberto Cicutto, President and Managing Director of Luce Cinecittà, listed the important international productions that have been hosted in Cinecittà in the past year: from Fernando Meirelle’s The Pope starring Anthony Hopkins, to the series Catch 22 with George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Ellen Kuras, to Michael Bay’s Six Underground and Paolo Sorrentino’s The New Pope, just to mention a few. “We are pleased that Italian productions are coming back to Cinecittà. For too long, they thought that shooting in a studio was too expensive or complicated. At the moment we are working with Sergio Castellitto who is building a Parisian neighborhood in Theatre 5, while Donato Carrisi just wrapped the shooting of his upcoming film starring Dustin Hoffman and Toni Servillo. We are hosting a Netflix production too, directed by Francesca Comencini and Susanna Nicchiarelli.”

The studios also host big public and private events to the extent that they have been awarded as one of the best Italian locations at the Best Event Awards 2018. Among them, the second edition of the RomeVideoGameLab has just finished. The festival-workshop dedicated to the world of videogames is an initiative produced and promoted by Istituto Luce Cinecittà which firmly believes in the potential of videogames combined to the world of cultural heritage, knowledge, training and education. As Cicutto highlights, the so-called applied games are seen as an actual cultural and industrial enterprise.

The present relaunch of the studios goes through the awareness of its past. In the words of Cicutto: “We keep on defending our great past, but we must link Cinecittà to its future developments in order to be ready for the global market. Compared to the past, Cinecittà presents now a more complete and diversified offer, also thanks to the great development of TV series. We aim to complete shortly the industrial plan too as interventions for the construction of a new technologically advanced theatre are underway. We also plan to readapt the existing pool to allow underwater shooting.

This comprehensive plan also includes a marketing project in collaboration with leading trade magazine Variety aiming to provide information on what it means to shoot in Italy, what are the pros and concrete opportunities offered by Cinecittà. This is all part of a strategic plan that also include the launch of the studios new website, presented by Andrea Spagna, and Italy for Movies, the national website for location scouting and production incentives, that has now presented the demo of a new app to be officially unveiled at the upcoming Venice Film Festival. As Borgonzoni states: “When they presented this website, I immediately thought it was a very useful tool both for industry insiders – who need to know which are the assets available in our country – and the tourists – who are increasingly aware and willing to make new experiences.”

The legislative interventional aiming to attract more productions in Italy are a key point in this process of development of the audiovisual industry. Borgonzoni states: “If we want to attract both Italian and international productions, the tax credit is definitely an important tool. However, we must make the bureaucratic process easier for those who come to shoot in Italy. We must provide them with a clear fee list, make deals with local offices in order to get quick feedbacks especially when shooting is already underway, create cinema-friendly regions where it is easier to go and shoot a film. The Ministry aims to create a structure that could facilitate who choose Italy and Cinecittà to make film.”

Set of culture Award

Set of Culture is intended to promote Europe’s cultural heritage by publicising the locations found in the databases of the various European film commissions. The aim of the Set of Culture Award is to involve European citizens in raising awareness of and enhancing the profile of cultural heritage and locations linked to cinema and TV.

At the core of each film commission is a database of locations suitable for an endless range of stories, plots and scenarios – but each location itself also brings with it a storied past, its own cultural heritage, age-old traditions and artistic backgrounds.

Each film commission had the chance to put forward five locations from its respective region that best represent the spirit of the European Union because of their cultural heritage or the historical events that took place there, or for artistic reasons.

The locations have been divided into five categories:

  1. Castles
  2. Bridges
  3. Squares
  4. Archaeological sites
  5. Sites of European historical events

Citizens are encouraged to choose one location per category online. At the end of the voting process, one location in each category that best represents the essence of Europe will receive an award.

To participate in the vote, it is necessary to choose a location in each category:

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

The complete program of the 51st Directors’ Fortnight!


Film d’ouverture
- LE DAIM (Deerskin) de Quentin Dupieux (France) première mondiale

- ALICE ET LE MAIRE (Alice and the Mayor) de Nicolas Pariser (France) première mondiale

- AND THEN WE DANCED de Levan Akin (Suède · Sweden, Géorgie · Georgia) première mondiale

- ANG HUPA (The Halt) de Lav Diaz (Philippines, Chine · China) première mondiale

- CANCIÓN SIN NOMBRE (Song Without a Name) de Melina León (Pérou · Peru, Suisse · Switzerland) première mondiale

- GIVE ME LIBERTY de Kirill Mikhanovsky (États-Unis · USA) première internationale (première mondiale version définitive).

- HATSUKOI (First Love) de Takashi Miike (Japon · Japan, Royaume-Uni · United Kingdom) première mondiale

- HUO ZHE CHANG ZHE (To Live to Sing) de Johnny Ma (Chine · China, France) première mondiale

- KOIRAT EIVÄT KÄYTÄ HOUSUJA (Dogs Don’t Wear Pants) de Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää (Finlande · Finland, Lettonie · Latvia) première mondiale

- THE LIGHTHOUSE de Robert Eggers (Canada, États-Unis · USA) première mondiale

- LILLIAN de Andreas Horwath (Autriche · Austria) première mondiale

- GHOST TROPIC de Bas Devos (Belgique · Belgium) première mondiale

- OLEG de Juris Kursietis (Lettonie · Latvia, Belgique · Belgium, Lituanie · Lithuania, France) première mondiale

- ON VA TOUT PÉTER (Blow It to Bits) de Lech Kowalski (France) première mondiale

- THE ORPHANAGE de Shahrbanoo Sadat (Danemark · Denmark, Afghanistan, France) première mondiale

- LES PARTICULES de Blaise Harrison (Suisse · Switzerland, France) première mondiale

- PERDRIX d’Erwan Le Duc (France) première mondiale

- POR EL DINERO (For the Money) d’Alejo Moguillansky (Argentine · Argentina) première mondiale

- SEM SEU SANGUE (Sick Sick Sick) d’Alice Furtado (Brésil · Brazil, Pays-Bas · Netherlands, France) première mondiale

- TLAMESS d’Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisie · Tunisia, France) première mondiale

- UNE FILLE FACILE (An Easy Girl) de Rebecca Zlotowski (France) première mondiale

- WOUNDS de Babak Anvari (États-Unis · USA) première internationale

- ZOMBI CHILD de Bertrand Bonello (France) première mondiale

Film de clôture
- YVES de Benoît Forgeard (France) première mondiale


RED 11 (États-Unis · USA) première internationale

- THE STAGGERING GIRL de Luca Guadagnino (Italie · Italy) première mondiale


- DEUX SŒURS QUI NE SONT PAS SŒURS (Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters) de Beatrice Gibson (Royaume-Uni · United Kingdom, Allemagne · Germany, Canada, France) première mondiale

- LES EXTRAORDINAIRES MÉSAVENTURES DE LA JEUNE FILLE DE PIERRE (The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady) de Gabriel Abrantes (France, Portugal) première mondiale

- GRAND BOUQUET de Nao Yoshigai (Japon · Japan) première mondiale

- HÃY TỈNH THỨC VÀ SẴN SÀNG (Stay Awake, Be Ready) d’An Pham Thien (Vietnam, Corée du Sud · South Korea, États-Unis · USA) première mondiale

- JE TE TIENS de Sergio Caballero (Espagne · Spain) première mondiale

- MOVEMENTS de Dahee Jeong (Corée du Sud · South Korea) première mondiale

- OLLA d’Ariane Labed (France, Royaume-Uni · United Kingdom) première mondiale

- PIECE OF MEAT de Jerrold Chong & Huang Junxiang (Singapour · Singapore) première mondiale

- PLAISIR FANTÔME (Ghost Pleasure) de Morgan Simon (France) première mondiale.

- THAT WHICH IS TO COME IS JUST A PROMISE de Flatform (Italie · Italy, Pays-Bas · Netherlands, Nouvelle-Zélande · New Zealand) première mondiale


Aloft / Chalkroom / To the Moon
Trois installations VR / Three virtual reality installations by Laurie Anderson & Hsin-Chien Huang

MIA: Call for projects

MIA has opened the call for projects for its fifth edition, which will take place in Rome from October 16 to 20, 2019. Over the years, most of the projects presented at MIA have later taken off for success, being completed, distributed and well received by the audience, the industry and the festival circuit worldwide.

Established as a benchmark for the European and international players, the MIA Film Division has successfully led more than 50% of its selected projects to their completion. Among them:

The Mustang by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre starring Matthias Schoenaerts was presented in preview at Sundance Film Festival 2019.

The Vice of Hope by Edoardo De Angelis during Rome Film Fest 2018 got the Bnl Audience Award. Success at the David di Donatello Awards as well, where Marina Gonfalone won as Best Supporting Actress.

Sally Potter’s The Party participated in the 67th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, being awarded with the important Guild Film Prize.

After just two editions of the Drama Series Pitching Forum, the event has already successfully launched many projects, which have been greenlit and are now in production.

The Feed
The series was presented last year at Drama Series Pitching Forum, co-produced by all3media international and Studio Lambert and it has been bought by Amazon and Liberty Global. Presented in world preview at Canneseries 2019, the series has been written by Channing Powell, writer and producer of The Walking Dead and White Collar, and it is taken from the Nick Clark Windo’s homonym bestseller book. In the cast there are Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones) and the British actor David Thewlis, who got Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival 1993 for the movie Nacked and with a long career in cinema (Wonder Woman, Justice League, Avatar 2 e 3) and in television (Fargo, Big Mouth).

The series, produced by Rodeo Drive, was presented at the 2017 Drama Series Pitching Forum and will be co-produced with the Alliance between RAI, France TV and ZDF. The collaboration between the three broadcasters has as its main objective to co-produce and develop innovative and high-quality tv series, based on European culture and values ​​and which can be globally competitive and recover the younger and most sophisticated audience. Survivors will be a mystery series (12×50′), whose shooting should begin in the first months of 2020. Last year another series presented in 2016 at the Drama Series Pitching Forum by Aurora TV has already entered in the development slate of Alliance, Eternal City.

The pleasure principle
The series (10×52’) presented at the 2017 Drama Series Pitching Forum is co-produced by Apple Film Production with CANAL+Poland, Czech TV and Star Media. Beta Film has recently announced that it is taking part to the project and will distribute the series worldwide.

Among the projects selected by the MIA DOC Division, some have significantly emerged: Vibrato, Day For Night Productions (France), who won the Nat Geo Award 2019; Tintoretto – The First Movie Director, Kublai Film (Italy), which enjoyed great international success and was bought in several countries, and The Great Forgotten, Pepito Produzioni (Italy), which aired on Rai.

Further details will be announced during MIA 2019 and new projects greenlit will be unveiled.

TorinoFilmLab opens 2 funding

TorinoFilmLab opens 2 funding opportunities for production & distribution of international co-productions!

1 World Co-Production Fund Award (€ 50.000) to support the making of the film

The TFL World Co-Production Fund consists of a € 50.000 grant to support co-production between European producers and international co-producers. The fund wants to encourage directors developing their 3rd feature film project onward and will be awarded to a production company based in one of the countries participating in the Creative Europe-MEDIA Sub-programme to support the making of the film, which must be completed by May 30th, 2021.

Deadline to submit projects, which should be in advanced development stage (at least 25% of the budget confirmed) or in pre-production, is June 12th, 2019.

The TFL team will assess all the applications and shortlist 3 projects that will be invited to the TFL Meeting Event 2019 (Turin, Italy). On this occasion, the 3 projects will be presented to more than 200 European and international professionals (co-producers, distributors, sales agents and broadcasters) attending the forum, and will have the opportunity to find new partnerships during one-to-one meetings. They will also take advantage of a dedicated consultation run by an expert on international co-production.

In Turin, the 3 shorlisted projects will also be interviewed by the selection committee that will assign the TFL World Co-production Award to one of them, during the TFL Meeting Event Award Ceremony.

3 TFL Audience Design Fund Awards (€ 40.000 each) to promote the release in 3 territories

The TFL Audience Design Fund will grant 3 Awards of € 40.000 each to encourage the implementation of innovative audience development and outreach strategies at the moment of distribution. The applicant must be a producer or a sales agent established in one of the countries participating in the MEDIA sub-programme and the film must be released in 3 territories by May 30th, 2021.

Deadline to submit projects (in pre-production, production or post-production stage), is June 3rd, 2019.

The TFL Audience Design Fund includes a TFL Audience Design consultation with 2 TFL Alumni trained in the FeatureLab – audience design programme. The film team together with the experts will brainstorm to sketch out the key goals and points to address in the strategy outline. The consultants will present a 10-page Audience Design Strategy, which will highlight the actions to be prepared during the pre- to post-production and carried out up during the distribution, so as to later report the results to the Fund.

All the 3 selected projects will be presented to our audience of industry professionals in the TFL Catalogue 2019, distributed during the TFL Meeting Event in November 2019.

The TFL World Co-Production Fund as well as the TFL Audience Design Fund have been created thanks to the Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-Programme support to International Co-production Funds.



Online new website of Cinecittà Studios

“There is an intimacy to the Studio, whilst it still has the stage scale and the space for multiple productions. I think it also has the essence of Italian filmmaking. I have worked in Italy and with Italian crews for many years, and the thing that always strikes me is the level of quality. You have the best of so many departments here, whether it’s hair and makeup or costume, construction, painting or camera. ”
Jude Law

It’s online a new website (, with updated and detailed info on our stages, facilities and services.

19 stages for production, with approx. 400 offices, dressing rooms, hair and make-up spaces and storage rooms, plus a spacious backlot of over 100,000 square metres. Shooting at Cinecittà means knowing that there will always be the right space for every scene and that the entire production process will be organized efficiently, whether your production is a film, TV drama, TV entertainment, commercial, video clip or photo shoot. The stages range in size, from the smallest at an intimate 450 square metres to the iconic Teatro 5 at 3,000 square metres, named for Maestro Fellini. Our stages are sound proof and provided with lighting and temperature systems, trapdoors and overhead grids making it possible to create any and all types of scenic effects.

Submission for the 15th Zurich Film Festival

Film submissions for Zurich Film Festival 2019 are now open!

Films for the 15th Zurich Film Festival can be submitted via the platform Withoutabox. We are looking for cinematic discoveries from all over the World: Our competitions see first, second and third directorial works. In addition, we host an International Series Competition and we do also welcome submissions to our Non Competitive Sections.

Submissions categories

  • International Feature Film Competition
  • International Documentary Film Competition
  • Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria (Feature Films and Documentary Films)
  • Non Competition Features (Documentary Films and Fiction Films)
  • International Series Competition

Prize Money

The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25’000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition and CHF 20’000 in the Focus Competition. The Golden Eye for Best International Series is endowed with a CHF 10’000 cash prize.

Submission fee

  •  Early Bird until March 31, 2019: € 50
  •  From April 1 until June 30, 2019: € 75

Find information regarding film submissions and entry requirements on our website. For technical questions regarding the use of Withoutabox, please contact Withoutabox Support.