MUMBAI: The UK and Brazilian Governments have signed
a co-production treaty.
terms were negotiated by BFI, a UK organisation for
film, and Ancine, the National Cinema Agency of Brazil.
The treaty was signed in Brasilia by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint.
treaty is expected to take two years to come into force.
and TV productions that qualify under the terms of the
treaty will be able to access the benefits of national
status in each country.
In Brazil these include tax incentives, all federal
public funds and access to favourable TV terms, while
in the UK qualifying productions will be able to access
the UK public film fund with a current allocation of
£18 million per year to invest in the development,
production and completion of feature films.
is set to increase to £24 million by 2017 when
the BFI launches its five year plan for film in October.
announcement follows a number of initiatives to foster
greater creative collaboration between the UK and Brazil.
The most recent example came at the Rio Content Market
in March 2012, where Pact and the ABPITV, the trade
bodies representing independent producers in the UK
and Brazil respectively, signed an agreement to promote
closer ties between the independent production sectors
in both countries.
cultural collaboration between the UK and Brazil will
come later in 2012 with the British Council Transform
event, a cultural programme of cross arts and transformative
arts activity spanning the four years between London
and Rio Olympic Games.
kicks off at the Rio International Film Festival in
October 2012 with a retrospective of the works of Brazilian
director, Alberto Cavalcanti, from the BFI National
Archive and a high profile screening of legendary British
director Alfred Hitchock's The Pleasure Garden at an
outdoor gala on the Copacabana Beach. The film has been
restored by the BFI as part of its Genius of Hitchcock
summer blockbuster project, and will be screened in
Brazil accompanied by live music performed by the Brazilian
Youth Orchestra from a score composed by British composer,
Daniel Patrick Cohen.