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Italy: Rival studios offer state of the art services

PRODUCTION INCENTIVES:

Eligible local pics can tap into government funding for up to 50% of their budgets. Eligibility is determined by a so-called reference system that looks at director and producer track records, with special provisions made for first works. These funds are not available to non-Italian films.

KEY FACILITIES:

Cinecitta Studios, Rome

Boasts the largest soundstage in Europe. Has on-site post facilities and recently acquired two satellite outposts, Rome’s Dino Studios and Cinecitta Umbria in Papigno, north of the Italian capital. Employs probably the world’s most skillful set-construction craftsmen.

www. cinecittastudios.com

Lumiq Studios, Turin

A state-of-the-art HD and 3-D animation studio, with “blue box” sets and a pool for underwater shooting. On-site post. Lumiq also invests in projects. Recently pacted with Spain’s Filmax to co-produce toon “Donkey Xote,” soon to shoot in Turin.

www.lumiqstudios.com

POST HOUSES:

Proxima

Located on the Cinecitta lot, but also with a Milan facility, Proxima is Italy’s leading post-production provider.

www.proximavfx.com

Marina Studios

Located in Carasco, Genoa, its specialties include high-tech digital intermediate technology.

www.marinastudios.com

FILM COMMISSIONS:

Lazio Film Commission (Rome and surrounding region), www.laziofilmcommissi on.it

Turin and Piedmont Film Commission, www.filmcommissiontorinopiemonte.it

Tuscany Film Commission: www.filmcommission.toscana.it

Campania Film Commission (Naples, Pompei, Caserta), www.filmcommissioncampania.org

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