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France, Brazil plan co-pro meet

CNC, Ancine combine on Cannes workshop

CANNES — French film board CNC and Brazil’s Ancine cinema agency have joined forces to launch a Franco-Brazilian co-production workshop.

Workshop takes place on May 13, during the Cannes festival, and will give French and Brazilian producers an opportunity to network with potential partners — broadcasters, distributors and sales companies — and fast-track project financing.

The CNC and Ancine are launching a call of projects. France-originated films must be submitted to the CNC before April 22. Julien Ezanno, CNC head of European and International Affairs, will oversee CNC’s partnership in the workshop.

This initiative follows a French-Brazilian co-production treaty inked during last year’s Cannes fest.

Event also builds on Brazil’s emergence as one of Latin America’s fastest-building film forces, in terms of local hits, investment support from entities such as Rio Filme, economic muscle when entering international co-productions, and the successful courting of big international shoots, such as “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” which part shot in the city of Rio and the nearby colonial coastal town of Paraty.

In Brazil, producers draw down up to Reais 7 million ($4.3 million) per project via a battery of tax breaks, plus up to $1.6 million in subsidies. That’s much more than producers can access in some major European territories by way of subsidy coin.

Also, Brazilian producers report a flood of expressions of interest from companies outside Brazil in linking up in the run-up to the 2014 soccer FIFA World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics.

Selected French-Brazilian projects will be presented in an English-lingo catalog, distributed in late April.

In other news, the CNC prexy Eric Garandeau announced at Mip TV the creation of Web COSIP, which allows web projects to benefit from the CNC’s automatic funding system.

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