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Italy - The Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Fund

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The first Italian film fund


In 2003, the first Italian film fund was created. What happened is, Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission used the 2003 Regional Financial Law to create a proper regional film and TV fund. The budget, renewed every three years, consists in 350,000 per year to support productions shooting in the Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Grants vary depending on the time spent in the region : for a seven-week or more session, productions are given up to €120,000 ; for five weeks minimum, they receive €50,000 ; for three weeks, they get €20,000 ; and productions which stay at least a week are granted €5,000.

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‘The examples we followed to create this fund were Rotterdam, the Wallonie in Belgium, and the Isle of Man Film,’ president Federico Poillucci explains. ‘The results are very encouraging, especially on an economic point of view, for productions use and stimulate the local structures and staff.’ 2004 has been a good year indeed : 18 productions were made, all categories included (film, TV fiction, documentary, short-films, and videoclips) and required 399 working days —235 of which were actually spent shooting—, 8649 bookings at local hotels, 162 local professionals, over 3,000 walk-on parts, and most of all €4M spent in Friuli Venezia Giulia. In absolute value, the total economic benefit to the region amounts to nearly €7.5M.

Supported projects :
The first projects the fund has chosen to support this year are : a German fiction adapted from Veit Heinichen’s first novel (Morti sul Carso) and produced by the German leader in the TV industry, Trebitsch Film Production (120,000 euros), and 3 feature films which received 50,000 euros each — Voices in the Dark by Rodolfo Bisatti (The Society Pord.), Riparo by Marco Simon Puccioni (Intelfilm Srl), and Il giorno + bello by Massimo Cappelli (Nuvola Film).

In 2004, the regional fund supported Gorgomeesh (50,000 euros), an international co-production directed by Nara Hoppe (USA) starring Maya Sansa and Miki Manojlovic, Sound Track [+see also:
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(50,000 euros), written and directed by Francesca Marra, Tartarughe sul dorso (20,000 euros) by Stefano Pasetto, and the documentaries Monicelli e la Grande Guerra (5,000 euros) by Gloria D’Antoni and Monologhi del desiderio (5,000 euros) by Serafino Murri and Vincenzo Cerami. In terms of TV fiction, some money was granted to Un caso di coscienza 2 (120,000 euros) by Luigi Perelli for Rai Uno, and Ultimo rigore 2 (50,000 euros) by Sergio Martino.

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