RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s local film commissions and related orgs have founded the Brazilian Assn. of Film Commissions (Abrafic).

Ana Cristina Costa e Silva, prexy of Brasil Central Film Commission, was elected president of Abrafic for two years.

It is already on the warpath, writing a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Relations demanding a government taskforce study measures to boost Brazil as a location and service provider for international productions.

In addition to Brasil Central, which encompasses the Federal District (Brasilia) and four states in the central region of the country, Abrafic will represent film commissions in the states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Amazonas, as well as FilmBrazil, a group created by ad agencies to stimulate commercial production.

The other founding members of Abrafic are film commissions in the states of Santa Catarina, Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Para, Ceara and Pernambuco and in the city of Sao Paulo.

Costa e Silva said Abrafic’s main goals are to stimulate the creation of other commissions and improve services offered by the existing ones.