Italy offers many different incentives for feature film, TV drama, and series production. Commercial productions are not eligible.
The foreign production company must work through a local production company in order to access these opportunities.
General Tax Credit - Beginning in 2019 there is a tax credit on qualified local expenses of 25-30%. The maximum per project for cinema is 8 million Euros and 10 million Euros for TV drama and series.
The credit can compensate specific taxes (Ires, Irap, Irpef, Iva, NIC). The compensation does not need to be strictly related to a specific production. It can be a credit that the local company uses toward its taxes. To encourage investment in the film industry, there is also a tax credit of 40% for Italian companies outside the industry. Eligibility for both tax credits is subject to approval by the Cinema General Management.
FUS - The government provides direct funding for projects it determines a priority following a study of the script, writer, actors, Italian talent, historical & cultural interest, and more. The evaluation process requires that a project seeking this funding must apply at least one year in advance.
Regional funds/ Film Commission funds - Criteria determining eligible costs and the amount of assistance vary from region to region, but they can be on top of the General Tax Credit. Application at least one year in advance is necessary.
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The excellence of our country ranges from wine to food, from fashion to culture, from sport to cinema. Since the development of the Italian film industry in the early 1900s, Italian filmmakers and performers have experienced success, and have influenced film movements throughout the world. Italy boasts a rich cinematographic tradition from the Neorealism, with well-known directors such as Vittorio de Sica and Roberto Rossellini to more recent Nobel Prize winners like Roberto Benigni and Paolo Sorrentino. Even today we still host the oldest international film festival in the world, the Venice Festival.
Amidst it all, we are renowned for our Art Department and Costume Department as well as a surprising array of ethnic casting. The availability of bilingual, professional crew is a given. Likewise with technical equipment including Alexa and Epic, Russian Arm, camera car, helicopter, drones and many studios and stages constructions for still life and food, in both Rome and Milan.
In Italy, everywhere you look there is beauty. We have magnificent scenery: the snow-peaked Alps and the Dolomites in the north, the Apennines in the center,
gorgeous beaches, lakes such as Garda and Como, the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast so adored by naturalist painters, Medieval castles and villages with their vineyards strewn across unspoilt hills, fishing ports and so much more.
There also are the most inspiring cultural treasures in a land of wonderful people. No surprise that Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world. Every year millions of people come to see the countless beautiful towns each with their own history, architecture and works of art: Rome, Milan – host city for the 2015 Expo - Florence and Venice, as well as Torino, Genoa, Siena, Assisi, Naples, Capri, and Lecce just to mention a few.
We’re here to deliver it all for your shoots with the professionalism you’d expect at home. Relations and rapports will be woven by listening, working as a team, creating the "right mood" and, when possible, making suggestions. Every project is tailor-made for the available budget and production: from budgeting, scouting, and pre-production research, to casting and other creative decisions right through to wrap.