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Opportunity knocks at London-Rio+ Production Forum

Date posted: 28.09.2015

Representatives from the Brazilian film industry joined us at the Barbican last week for the London-Rio+ Production Forum, an event aimed at creating opportunities for London businesses to forge global partnerships with their South American peers.

Incentives and opportunities

The day highlighted what the UK film industry can offer, with information on Creative Sector Tax Reliefs and practical advice on making the most of London's world-class crews, facilities, locations and technical expertise. It also covered co-production opportunities and explained what UK producers can expect when shooting in Brazil.  

"It was a really in-depth look at the workings of the English film industry," said Matias Mariani, partner and producer for Primo Filmes, "which is something we have very little access to from abroad."

Making connections

Next, UK producers, distributors, sales companies and post-production executives met with film producers from Rio in a series of one-to-one sessions, with high levels of mutual interest expressed in the projects and expertise on offer.

UK Producer Anne Beresford said: "it's the bits between the lines that make the difference when you are making these connections and talking about new projects. You can't do it the same way on email or Skype - you have to be in conversation with a real human being, and that's when you find the right points of contact."

Sérgio Sá Leitão, partner and executive producer for Sentimental Filme agrees: "The forum was very productive, with important companies and a lot of different types... a large range of people to talk to meant we have a better chance of meeting with the right partner."

The day finished with a case study exploring Anglo-Brazilian co-production Trash, hosted by Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, in conversation with producer Kris Thykier and Head of Business Affairs at Universal Pictures Dr Alexander Jooss.

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