Production Guide

Why filming in Rio de Janeiro is a great choice?

1.The Rio Film Commission (RFC) team offers all necessary support for on-location filming of audiovisual productions in the City and State of Rio de Janeiro.

Logistics: The RFC is a one-stop-shop provides all relevant services, including assistance in obtaining permits, location scouting and police support. The RFC also maintains a database of production companies, technicians, audiovisual equipment and service providers, as well as statewide locations. It also may be of assistance in providing suggestions for financial support for productions that are shot in Rio – city or state – fully or in part.

Film permits: Requests for film permits should be made through RFC's Support Form, displayed in the right sidebar of this page.

Expedited permits for selected locations: The Rio Film Commission is pleased to offer expedited film permits for selected locations, subject to specific conditions. Thanks to standing agreements with iconic neighborhoods in various municipal districts of Rio de Janeiro, reduced film crews may receive film permits directly from local authorities in less than 5 working days. To qualify, producers must complete the on-line Support Form. For further information, contact

The RFC website lists all audiovisual productions shot in the state, as well as highlights of the commission’s work, and offers recommendations of a wide variety of locations in different areas of Rio de Janeiro.

2. Partnering with local producers
In order to film in Brazil, foreign producers are required by law to be associated with a local producer which is registered with Ancine (National Film Agency). The local producer will answer to Ancine 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 assistance.
If you are an international producer intrested in shooting in Brazil, please first check the conditions at Ancine´s website.

3. Brazil’s leading audiovisual production companies are based in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Due to Rio de Janeiro’s concentration of audiovisual production companies and activity, as well as its economic and cultural importance,its natural beauty and attractions, many productions seek specific locations here. The country’s largest BroadcastTV network is located in Rio. All necessary services and infrastructure for all types of productions, including f soundstages, equipment rental companies, post-production houses, animation studios and highly qualified professionals are accessible in the city and state of Rio. On the RFC website you will find information about production companies and professionals from all over the state that are registered with us.

4. The city is Brazil’s culture capital
Rio de Janeiro reverberates throughout the entire country. This is the birthplace of world-renowned musical genres such as samba, bossa nova and carioca funk . This is where some of the leading chapters in the history of Brazil’s film and television have been written, from the early days of film until today. Rio de Janeiro gave the country the famous “chanchada” comedies and is home of the pioneering studios Cinédia and Atlântida. The greatest names in Cinema Novo (the 1960’s film movement), such as Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Cacá Diegues and Glauber Rocha worked and live in the state. The top domestic film production companies are here too. Like the city’s trademark monument, the Christ the Redeemer statue, the RFC awaits you with open arms, to welcome your audiovisual production.

5. A world of locations
Rio de Janeiro, both city and state is known the wold over for its breathtaking natural landscapes and postcard views. It’s nickname of “Marvelous City” was an inevitable result of the enchantment provoked by its vast series of natural and architectural monuments such as the Christ Redeemer statue, the Sugarloaf mountain, Copacabana, Ipanema and other famous tourist spots. However, the interior of the state of Rio de Janeiro has many surprising locations to offer. Just a short distance from the capital there are picturesque mountains, historic towns and villages from the colonial and imperial periods, farms and century-old buildings, as well as a gorgeous coastline on the state’s easternmost border, running north to south.

Rio de Janeiro offers the ideal locations for your next project, regardless of the format: beaches, mountains, rivers, jungle, forests, farms and plantations, urban centers and other extraordinary locations
Given Rio de Janeiro’s diverse geography, the state has been divided in 12 regions:

- Northwestern Waters
This region’s 14 municipalities offer waterfalls, rivers, mountains, open ranges, rural tourism and sports activities, such as rappelling and rafting.
Main cities: Itaperuna and Natividade.

- Baixada Fluminense (Fluminense Lowlands)
This is a highly urban and industrial region and is part of Rio de Janeiro’s outskirts area, known as Greater Rio. Many of its residents work in the capital city. Densely populated, it also has green areas (including forest reserves) and older buildings (mansions, churches and railroads).
Main cities: Duque de Caxias, Japeri, Nova Iguaçu and Seropédica.

- Agulhas Negras (Black Needles)
This is a mountain region that borders the state of São Paulo. The Agulhas/Needles range offers a variety of ecotourism activities, including hiking and climbing. This is where the Itatiaia National Park, Brazil’s first ecological reserve, is located.
Main cities: Itatiaia, Penedo, Resende and Visconde de Mauá.

- Caminhos Coloniais (Colonial Roads)
History and nature mingle in the four municipalities of this rural region. Colonial constructions and farms remain intact, and there are rivers for rafting and locations suitable for rappelling and hang gliding. The region was of great importance during the Coffee Cycle period.
Main cities: Paraíba do Sul, Três Rios, Areal e São José do Vale do Rio Preto.

- Caminhos da Mata (Forest Roads)
Baroque constructions, historical farms and archeological sites coexist all together in this region. The Forest Roads municipalities offer plenty of waterfalls and, of course, forests.
Main cities: Itaboraí, Rio Bonito and São Gonçalo.

- Costa do Sol (Sun Coast)
This extensive coastal territory is also known as Região dos Lagos (Lakes Region). Its city beaches are famous for their clear water. This is a region that is much appreciated by surfers and tourists from the world over. The municipality of Cabo Frio has its own international airport.
Main cities: Armação dos Búzios, Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio.

- Caminhos da Serra (Mountain Roads)
This a region with lots of green areas (rivers and forests) that borders the state of Minas Gerais. Its cities are popular among hang gliders, mountain bikers and fans of canoeing as well as those who enjoy hiking and horseback riding.
Main cities: Bom Jardim, Carmo and Sumidouro.

- Costa Doce (Sweet Coast)
This region is bordered by mountains on one side and the sea on the other, and is situated north of Rio de Janeiro, on the border ofwith Espírito Santo State. Its cities have beaches, waterfalls and parks as well as colonial-period edifices. The city of Campos dos Goyztacazes is one of Brazil’s leading oil producers.
Main cities: Campos dos Goytacazes and São João da Barra.

- Costa Verde (Green Coast)
This coastal region in the southern part of the state is known for its large Atlantic Forest preserve, its paradisiacal beaches and islands and its mountain ranges next to the coastline. One of its landmarks is the historical city of Paraty , with many houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, which has served as locations for films such as Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables.”
Main cities: Angra dos Reis, Mangaratiba and Paraty.

- Serra Verde Imperial (Imperial Green Mountain)
Five cities perched on the mountains form this region, also known as the Mountain Region. Rivers, waterfalls, inns, a mild climate and history (especially in the imperial city of Petrópolis) are some of the Imperial Green Mountain region’s strengths.
Main cities: Nova Friburgo, Petrópolis and Teresópolis.

- Metropolitana (Metropolitan)
This area includes the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Nitérói, and boastsarchitectural diversity, beaches, some of the world’s leading tourist spots, the infrastructure that only a mega metropolis can offer – plus breath-taking nature. All of this can be found in the two neighboring cities.
Main cities: Niterói e Rio de Janeiro.

- Vale do Café (Coffee Valley)
This region is considered an open-air cultural and historical heritage site. It has farms that date from the Coffee Cycle period (1800/1930), with its perfectly preserved mansions, plantations and servants’ quarters. Many films, soap operas and documentaries have been made in the Coffee Valley.
Main cities: Barra do Piraí, Barra Mansa, Valença, Vassouras and Volta Redonda.