British Film Commission and Italian Film Commissions sign Memorandum of Understanding

British Film Commission and Italian Film Commissions sign Memorandum of Understanding, strengthening collaboration between the UK and Italian screen industries

Today (20 May 2022) the British Film Commission (BFC) and the Italian Film Commissions (IFC) signined a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance collaboration between the UK and Italian screen industries, as well as to facilitate film and high-end television production between the two countries.

The UK and Italy are both recognised as leading global production centres for film and high-end TV production, and as the screen industries continue to boom globally, both countries continue to attract major productions through reliable tax incentives, world-class crew and infrastructure and a diverse range of unique locations.

Some of the world’s biggest film and high-end TV titles have been shot across both jurisdictions, with recent examples including Mission Impossible 7 (Paramount Pictures/Skydance Productions/Bad Robot), filmed across the UK, Italy as well as Norway, Indiana Jones 5 (Lucasfilm/Amblin/Paramount Pictures), which was filmed throughout the UK’s nations and regions and in Southern Italy, The Little Mermaid (Walt Disney Pictures), filmed in the UK and Sardinia, No Time To Die (Universal Pictures), Pinocchio (Disney+) and more.

The MoU will see the two film commissions encourage greater creative, commercial and cultural exchange between the UK and Italy whilst working together to actively foster opportunities to support inward investment for film and high-end television production in both territories. This agreement further highlights the film commissions’ commitment to delivering a frictionless and film-friendly service which supports productions working in both territories.

The agreement was signed today (20 May 2022) at The Italian Pavilion, Le Majestic Hotel 10, Cannes.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission, said: “We are thrilled to build upon our excellent relationship with the Italian Film Commissions through this friendship agreement. Globally, we’ve seen a huge increase in the amount of film and high-end TV production commissioned in recent years. It’s genuinely an extremely exciting time for the screen industries with opportunities for all growing. Strong collaborative European relationships such as the one between the UK and Italy are key to our shared success. There are already some brilliant examples of collaboration with high-profile productions being filmed between Italy and the UK, including Paramount Picture’s Mission Impossible 7, Disney+’s Pinocchio andUniversal’s No Time To Die. We look forward to working with our friends in Italy to foster even stronger ties between our two countries, exploring new ways of working together, creatively and commercially, in the future.”

Cristina Priarone, President of IFC Italian Film Commissions  

In this moment of high vitality worldwide, in the production, our IFC Association is keen in promoting partnership to foster international linking.

Building bridges with the UK is a key point on this issue, and the wise work of British Film Commission in the MoU framework paves the way to Italian producers and professionals to strengthen their relationships with the British AV industry, with the aim to open up to new chances and exchanges.