Film commissions

Italian Stories Day

The event, organised by SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers), Istituto Luce Cinecittà, APA (Association of Audiovisual Producers), and Italian Film Commissions, aims to reinforce the historically valuable combination of writing and audiovisual, of novel and cinema, in the most representative of the entertainment markets, the United States.

Selective contributions for writing of screenplays — Law n° 220/2016

Law n° 220 of 14 November 2016 “Disciplina del cinema e dell’audiovisivo” establishes the ‘Film and Audiovisual Fund’ aimed at funding works through tax credits, automatic contributions and selective contributions.

Selective contributions, which are governed by the Decree issued by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities on 31 July 2017, comprising ‘Implementing provisions for the selective contributions indicated in article 26 of Law no. 220 of 14 November 2016’, are granted by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities for the writing, development, production and national distribution of Italian film and audiovisual works.

The requests for contributions for writing of screenplays for film, television and web products can be presented in the three sessions indicated:

  • from 1 July to 26 July;
  • from 9 September to 30 September;
  • from 28 October to 22 November.

The funding available of €960,000 is divided up as follows:

  • feature films: €540,000, divided between the three sessions into €180,000 for each (a maximum of 9 projects will be granted funding at each session);
  • feature films for television and the web: €420,000, divided between the three sessions into €140,000 for each (a maximum of 7 projects will be granted funding at each session).
  • feature films: €540,000, divided between the three sessions into €180,000 for each (a maximum of 9 projects will be granted funding at each session);
  • feature films for television and the web: €420,000, divided between the three sessions into €140,000 for each (a maximum of 7 projects will be granted funding at each session).

76th Venice International Film Festival

The line-up of the 76th Venice International Film Festival has been announced during the press conference that took place at the Cinema Moderno in Rome on Thursday 25th July at 11:00 am.

The press conference was hosted by the President of the Biennale di Venezia Paolo Baratta and by the director of the Cinema department Alberto Barbera.

Venezia 76 Competition:

La vérité di Hirokazu Kore’eda
The Perfect Candidate di Haifaa Al-Mansour
About Endlessnes
s di Roy Andersson
Wasp Network di Olivier Assayas
No. 7 Cherry Lane di Yonfan
Marriage Story di Noah Baumbach
Guest of Honor di Atom Egoyan
Ad Astra di James Gray
A Herdade di Tiago Guedes
Gloria mundi di Robert Guédiguian
Waiting for the Barbarians di Ciro Guerra
Ema di Pablo Larrín
Saturday Fiction di Lou Ye
Martin Eden di Pietro Marcello
La mafia non è più quella di una volta di Franco Maresco
The Painted Bird di Václav Marhoul
Il sindaco del Rione Sanità di Mario Martone
Babyteeth di Shannon Murphy
Joker di Todd Phillips
J’Accuse di Roman Polanski
The Laundromat di Steven Soderberg

Line-up of the 76th Venice International Film Festival at link:

Netflix: 158.42 million dollars revenues just from Italy

English company Comparitech presents its analysis on Netflix subscribers, excellent results for revenues from the Italian market. The United States on the top, followed by Australia and the UK.

An analysis of Netflix‘s subscribers and revenues presents an interesting look at the streaming giant. In the research for the year 2018, subscribers to the SVoD service were 139 million for total revenues of 15.79 billion dollars, of which about half (7.6 billion) generated only by the United States. In the ranking by number of subscribers, in second and third place there are Australia and the UK with 11.26mln and 9.78mln. Italy occupies 16th place with 1.4 million subscribers for 13.2 million dollars in monthly revenues and 158.42 million dollars annually. Last place for Luxembourg, which has just over 52 thousand subscribers, with annual revenues of 5.9 million

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Through the Toscana Film Commission, as part of the Accordo di Programma Quadro Sensi Contemporanei – Toscana per il cinema, the Fondazione Sistema Toscana is supporting an incentive for the audio-visual sector of €350,000 with a call for applications from Italian, European and overseas productions and projects with Italian executive production.

Projects eligible to apply are: feature-length drama films for theatrical release, TV dramas and TV drama series running over 52 minutes long. The maximum contribution for each project is €100,000 to cover 50% of costs (80% for difficult films) provided that the amount spent in the territory is at least 150% of the grant received.

Each company may apply for the present call for applications with one project only.

Italian companies applying must have been listed in the Registro delle Imprese (Register of Companies) at least 24 months preceding the date of publication of the incentive and must be either the single producer of the project or co-producers with a majority stake. The European and overseas companies applying must have been established and listed on the national equivalent of the Registro delle Imprese at least 24 months before the date of publication of the incentive and must have the majority stake in the project being presented.

The deadline for applications is 6 July, equivalent to 20 days from the date of publication of the call for applications.


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: