Brazilian film congress aimed at unity

Government rethinking movie financing

RIO DE JANEIRO — With debate raging over government support for the local film biz, leading industryites are hoping to find a unified voice during the 3rd Brazilian Cinema Congress, which runs June 28-July 1.

Topping the agenda is the role of government, which is currently weighing changes to the tax-credit system that helps finance most Brazilian productions.

About 150 producers, distribs, exhibs, helmers and other pros will gather in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul state. The event is sponsored by the state government and the federal Ministry of Culture, and organized by Fundacine, a film association that brings together government reps with the private sector.

Participants will include audiovisual secretary Jose Alvaro Moyses, helmers Carlos Diegues and Nelson Pereira dos Santos, UIP VP for Latam and the Caribbean Jorge Peregrino and Columbia TriStar Intl. general manager for Brazil Rodrigo Saturnino Braga.

The film congress will produce a document outlining its views and proposals for the government’s review, said congress prexy Gustavo Dahl, himself a veteran helmer.

Dahl expects officials will take the filmmakers’ findings into consideration when crafting the tax-credit system reforms. The government may submit a reform bill to the legislature for a vote as early as August.

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