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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the Rio Film Commission do?

2. What is required of foreign producers in order to film in the city or state of Rio de Janeiro?

3. Are all audiovisual productions required to notify Ancine in advance of their filming in Brazil?

4. Are foreign producers required to make this notification in advance?

5. What actions may the local Brazilian producer take on behalf of the foreign producer?

6. What documents should the Brazilian producer submit to Ancine so as to attest its connection with the foreign production?

7. What programs and incentives are offered to film and video shoots in the city and state of Rio?

8. What percentage of a film's budget can be covered by any combination of programs and is it possible to go up to 100%?

9. Does the FRRFC offer any incentives?

10. I have heard a lot about the Brazilian Art. 3A funding mechanism. Can I access it in order to make my foreign TV Pilot?

11. Does Brazilian legislation specify geographic restrictions for the eligibility for incentives?

12. What are requirements in terms of the number of Brazilian actors, crew and technicians that must be used for co-productions?

13. Does Brazilian legislation (local, state or federal) impose any restrictions on script content?

14. Does the Rio Film Commission accept scripts submissions for its review or approval?

15. Does Film e Rio- Rio Film Commission issue letters of intent or recommendation?

16. Does the Rio Film Commission issue letters of intention or recommendation?

17. What passports or work visas do I need to film in Rio de Janeiro, city and state?

18. Can the FRRFC assist me in obtaining a Work Visa for filming in Brazil?

19. Can the FRRFC recommend local production services?

20. Can the RFC recommend local crew?

21. Which agency should be contacted regarding Brazilian Customs issues?

22. What agency should be contacted regarding Customs issues?

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the Rio Film Commission do?

Filme Rio-Rio Film Commission (FRRFC) is a one-stop-shopping film commission for all audiovisual production needs in the city of Rio de Janeiro and the several other municipalities within the state. Its services include help in obtaining permits, locations and police assistance. Beyond upgrading standard film commission services and infrastructure, the FRRFC has compiled a roster of technicians, production service providers and locations in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The FRRFC also endeavors towards finding ways to financially support productions that are shot in the city or the state of Rio de Janeiro, either partially or in full. For more information, click here. The FRRFC will offer local audiovisual professionals training and workshops, via a Technical Cooperation Agreement it has entered with Senai (Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial-The National Industrial Apprenticeship Service).

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2. What is required of foreign producers in order to film in the city or state of Rio de Janeiro?

In order to be able to shoot in Brazil, one needs to be associated with a local producer and registered with Ancine (National Film Agency). In order to be eligible for incentives offered by Filme Rio-Rio Film Commission (FRRFC) the local producer’s company has to be registered either in the city of Rio or within the state.

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3. Are all audiovisual productions required to notify Ancine in advance of their filming in Brazil?

With the exception of journalistic or news-gathering productions, all audiovisual productions must comply with this requirement.

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4. Are foreign producers required to make this notification in advance?

No. Foreign producers must establish a partnership with a Brazilian production company, who, in turn, must be registered with Ancine, and who will report to the national agency on the foreign producer’s behalf.

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5. What actions may the local Brazilian producer take on behalf of the foreign producer?

In addition to acting as a channel of communication with Ancine, the Brazilian company is responsible for ensuring compliance with local legislation and assisting with customs clearances, hiring local crew, handling equipment rentals, as well as providing other forms of assistance. The FRRFC also provides additional assistance in the city and the state of Rio de Janeiro.

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6. What documents should the Brazilian producer submit to Ancine so as to attest its connection with the foreign production?

Please consult Ancine´s website for more information on that: http://www.ancine.gov.br

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7. What programs and incentives are offered to film and video shoots in the city and state of Rio?

Several incentives for film production and location shooting in the city and state of Rio are available. Local Brazilian producers can access different programs, such as the Rio State Box Office Reward Program (Prêmio Adicional de Renda do Cinema do Estado do Rio de Janeiro), ICMS Turnover Tax Cultural Incentive (Lei Estadual de Incentivo à Cultura do Rio de Janeiro), the State Secretariat of Culture Public Bidding Program (Editais da SEC), the Rio Investment Fund 1 (Rio Funcine 1), Audiovisual Financial Credit Lines (Linhas de Financiamento), and Investe Rio Loans (Crédito Investe Rio).

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8. What percentage of a film's budget can be covered by any combination of programs and is it possible to go up to 100%?

Independently produced Brazilian films may combine funds from municipal, state and federal incentive programs. However, the use of federal funds requires that a minimum of 5% of the funds be brought in either by the producer or by a third party (é isso mesmo?). Foreign films shot on location in Brazil are not eligible for federal funds, which are available solely to films co-produced with Brazil. For more information on co-productions, please visit Ancine´s website: http://www.ancine.gov.br

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9. Does the FRRFC offer any incentives?

Yes. Each year the FRRFC opens a Public Bid geared towards providing financial support to audiovisual productions – both feature films and TV series, either fiction or documentaries – that are shot in part or fully within the state of Rio de Janeiro. All projects must be presented by a local, Ancine-registered production company that has been doing business in the state for at least a year. For more information, click here. In 2010, the FRRFC provided R$ 1 million in such funds. Four projects were selected, and each received R$ 250 thousand. It is expected that the total amount of these funds will be increased for 2011.

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10. I have heard a lot about the Brazilian Art. 3A funding mechanism. Can I access it in order to make my foreign TV Pilot?

Article 3A of the 8586/93 Law states that any Foreign Tax Payer might benefit from a 70% (seventy percent) rebate of their due tax, as long as they invest in the development of independently-produced Brazilian feature films and in the co-production of independent Brazilian cinematographic and videophonographic shorts, medium length films, features, documentaries, made-for TV-films and miniseries. So, the 3A Article can only be used for domestic productions or co-productions.

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11. Does Brazilian legislation specify geographic restrictions for the eligibility for incentives?

Federal programs do not impose any geographic or jurisdictional restrictions. Eligibility requirements for state and municipal programs vary, but normally establish that films must employ a minimum of local crew. A combination of different state incentives is possible, as long as they respect the percentage crew requirements for each.

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12. What are requirements in terms of the number of Brazilian actors, crew and technicians that must be used for co-productions?

In the case of international co-productions with countries with which Brazil already has international co-production agreements, specific requirements are contained in the respective agreements or treaties. In the case of co-productions with countries with which Brazil does not have such agreements, a minimum 2/3 of actors and crew/technicians that have resided in Brazil for more than 3 (three) years is required.

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13. Does Brazilian legislation (local, state or federal) impose any restrictions on script content?

There are no government restrictions at any level regarding script content.

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14. Does the Rio Film Commission accept scripts submissions for its review or approval?

No, the FRRFC does not accept unsolicited scripts. Only those previously approved that are sent by the producers.

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15. Does Film e Rio- Rio Film Commission issue letters of intent or recommendation?

Yes, the FRRFC may provide letters of intent or recommendation for projects of interest to the city and the state.

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16. Does the Rio Film Commission issue letters of intention or recommendation?

Yes, the Rio Film Commission may provide letters of intention or recommendation for projects of interest to the city and the state.

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17. What passports or work visas do I need to film in Rio de Janeiro, city and state?

Every cast and crew member who isn't a Brazilian resident or doesn't hold a Brazilian passport will need a work visa or a temporary visa to be able to film in Rio de Janeiro, city or state. However, location scouting will only require a tourist visa. For more information about visa issuance or types you should contact your local Brazilian Embassy or Consulate. You can find a list of Brazilian Embassies and Consulates here: http://www.brasil.gov.br/governo_federal/estrutura/emb_consul/embaixadas/

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18. Can the FRRFC assist me in obtaining a Work Visa for filming in Brazil?

In some cases the FRRFC will be able to facilitate the issuance of work visas for cast and crew assigned to projects approved for shooting on location in the city or state of Rio. Normally visas are issued by Brazilian Consulates and Embassies abroad. Once eligibility requirements are met, Ancine will issue an authorization letter to the Brazilian producer, which must be presented to the Consulate or Embassy in order for the visa request to be processed.

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19. Can the FRRFC recommend local production services?

Upon request, the FRRFC will provide a list of local production service providers based in the city and state of Rio. In the future, the list will be available on the FRRFC website.

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20. Can the RFC recommend local crew?

Upon request, the FRRFC will provide a list of local crew based in the city and state of Rio. In the future, the list will be available on the FRRFC website.

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21. Which agency should be contacted regarding Brazilian Customs issues?

The relevant Brazilian Government Agency for Customs matters is the Secretariat of the Federal Revenue of Brazil (Receita Federal do Brasil - http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br). You may also request assistance from the FRRFC. For further information on any of the above questions or for other additional information, please contact rfc@riofilmcommission.rj.gov.br..

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22. What agency should be contacted regarding Customs issues?

The relevant Brazilian Government Agency for Customs matters is the Secretariat of the Federal Revenue of Brazil (Receita Federal do Brasil - http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br). You may also request assistance from the RFC. For further information on any of the above questions or for other additional information please contact: rfc@cultura.rj.gov.br.

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