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Italy 2003 - Coproductions


Official co-productions can be undertaken with the countries with which Italy has stipulated coproduction agreements. There are 30. There are two main advantages to this system: films made for cinema list the nationality of each of the participating countries and they can thus benefit from financial support from the other participants.
Italy is a member of the European common production agreement for films for cinema which regulates coproductions between three or more countries.

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In recent years coproductions, especially between European countries, have grow in importance. After a record 2001, in 2002 the number of coproductions remained largely unchanged (34 in 2002 compared to 35 of 2001) and Italy continues to coproduce with France, the United Kingdom and Spain, but also with Australia, Switzerland and Tagikistan.

Numerous coproductions are based on an authentic bilateral agreement, underwritten by the respective governments and ratified by their parliaments (as is normal for all international agreements). Here it is possible that one partner benefits from incentives for production that are operational in their counterpart’s country, with clear advantages both for the film that is being produced (a fast-lane for permissions for locations and services etc.,) and for the subsequent circulation of the film in that country and also on the international market. The constant evolution of the productive and legislative sectors in the countries involved in this system requires existing coproduction agreements to be continuously updated in order to make the process as efficient as possible.

The Italian government is a great believer in and supporter of the common European house, as emphasised by Gianni Profita, who promised: “The forthcoming reform will focus strongly on Europe and on the exportability of the product in Europe also by means of the reference system mechanism.”
“Coproduction benefits all parties,” said Riccardo Tozzi, a film producer and API member (the association that organised a conference on coproduction with Agis during the recent EFA Awards in Rome), “not least as a way of ensuring the circulation of films in territories like Spain, Great Britain and especially France”.
After many years spent producing films for Fabrica, Marco Müller, is strongly in favour of a crossbred cinema that searches out unusual alliances “from the deserts of Nevada to the Anatolian mountains”.

The list of countries with which Italy has stipulated Coproduction Agreements

COUNTRY Implemented on Last modified Implemented on
ALGERIA 26.04.1989
by Italy
ARGENTINA 05.12.1952 09.12.1987 19.07.1990
AUSTRALIA 12.12.1996
AUSTRIA 01.07.1968
BELGIUM 15.10.1970
BRAZIL 04.07.1974
BULGARIA 29.07.1967
CANADA 04.7.1974 13.11.1997 Ratified
by Italy
CUBA 23.08.1999
EGYPT 28.12.1965
EX-YUGOSLAVIA 20.01.1968
FRANCE 01.04.1966 28.08.1997 01.07.1998
GERMANY 27.07.1966 23.09.1999 Procedures for
ISRAEL 23.09.1987
MAROCCO 04.06.1999
MEXICO 28.06.1974
NEW ZEALAND 30.07.1997
by Italy
PORTUGAL 19.09.1997
by Italy
25.11.1967 05.05.1998 02.05.2000
CZECH REP. 25.03.1968
SLOVAKIA 25.03.1968
ROMANIA 05.12.1967
SPAIN 05.11.1966 10.09.1997 03.06.1998
SWEDEN 24.07.1998
SWITZERLAND 23.12.1990
TUNISIA 29.10.1988
by Italy
HUNGARY 02.11.1984
VENEZUELA 28.08.1986

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