FAQ

  

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is required of foreign producers in order to film in the City or State of Rio de Janeiro?

2. Are foreign producers required to advise Ancine in advance of filming in Brazil?

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

4. What type of incentives does Rio offer to foreign producers?

5. Which countries have co-production treaties with Brazil?

6. What are the requirements in terms of cast, crew and technicians that must be used for co-productions?

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

8. Does the Rio Film Commission accept scripts for review or approval?

9. Does the Rio Film Commission issue recommendation letters or letters of support?

10. What type of visa is required to film in Rio de Janeiro?

11. Can the RFC assist me in obtaining a work visa for filming in Brazil?

12. Can the RFC recommend local production services companies?

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

Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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, all foreign audiovisual productions, with the exception of journalistic or news-gathering productions, must contract with a Brazilian production company or production service company registered with Ancine. (National Film Agency).

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2. Are foreign producers required to advise Ancine in advance of filming in Brazil?

No. The local producer will report to the National Agency on behalf of the foreign producer.

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3. 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 RFC also provides additional assistance in the City and State of Rio de Janeiro.

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4. What type of incentives does Rio offer to foreign producers?

At present, Rio does not offer any specific incentives to foreign producers. However, there are a number of federal, state and municipal tax incentives and grants available to Brazilian producers, which may be applied to co-productions with foreign producers. Consult Ancine and RioFilme for more information.

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5. Which countries have co-production treaties with Brazil?

At present Brazil maintains bilateral co-production agreements with Argentina, Canada, Chile, Spain, France, India, Italy, Portugal, and Venezuela. An agreement with the UK is pending ratification. There are also treaties with Ibero-America and Mercosul.

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6. What are the requirements in terms of cast, 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 treaties. In the case of co-productions with countries with which Brazil does not have such agreements, the requirement is a minimum 2/3 cast and crew and technicians must be brazilian or have resided in Brazil for more than 3 (three) years.

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7. 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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8. Does the Rio Film Commission accept scripts for review or approval?

No, the RFC does not accept unsolicited scripts.

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9. Does the Rio Film Commission issue recommendation letters or letters of support?

Yes, the RFC may provide such letters for projects of interest to the City or State.

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10. What type of visa is required to film in Rio de Janeiro?

Either a work visa or a temporary visa is required to film in Rio de Janeiro. However, location scouting only requires a tourist visa. For more information about visa regulations, contact your local Brazilian Embassy or Consulate.

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11. Can the RFC assist me in obtaining a work visa for filming in Brazil?

In some cases the RFC will be able to facilitate the issuance of 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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12. Can the RFC recommend local production services companies?

The Rio Film Commission maintains a database of production companies, technicians, audiovisual service providers and statewide locations, and stands ready to assist foreign producers in identifying an appropriate local production company or production service company that is compatible with the profile of any given audiovisual project.

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

The relevant Brazilian Government Agency for customs matters is the Secretariat of the Federal Internal Revenue Office

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