The scoop: The quality of locations and crews, plus the vast country’s diversity in both terrain and people lure filmmakers. Although labor is relatively cheap, hardware rental is expensive, but a foreign production company can partner with a local one, which in turn can tap into the government’s production incentives. The local partner must have at least 40% equity in the pic. But for countries with audiovisual agreements with Brazil, the minimum pic equity requirement for the local production company is set in the agreement.
Bonus: The government-backed Cinema do Brasil program is aggressive in its outreach to potential partners. Program consultants can map out Brazilian partners for co-productions and production services, and also educate foreign producers about regs and local conditions. The government also backs a program for independent TV productions. Filmmaker Fernando Meirelles’ O2 Filmes is the largest production services company in Brazil.
Shot there: John Stockwell’s “Turistas”; Hector Babenco’s “The Past”; Paul Leduc’s “El Cobrador: In God We Trust”; Aurelio Grimaldi’s “Amore e storia”
Hot spot: Quanta is building a $7 million, state-of-the-art facility in Sao Paulo, designed to absorb the increasingly high demand of pic and TV programming by indie producers. The four-studio/one-stop-shop center is partially operating.