RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has chosen Manoel Rangel as the new prexy of the Brazilian Cinema Agency (Ancine), which oversees tax incentives and industry regulations.

He replaced Gustavo Dahl, who has headed Ancine since it was set up five years ago.

Rangel was already a member of the Ancine board. His term expires May 2009.

Rangel is the former VP of the Independent Producers Assn. and has directed short pics, as well as being a film critic.

The Senate has also approved the presidential nomination of Leopoldo Nunes to Ancine’s board.

The board now has three members — Rangel, Nunes and Nilson Rodrigues — with one position vacant.

Nunes’ appointment removes the threat of Ancine being forced to halt operations, as measures need majority board approval of at least three votes.