In the article he explains that film commissions (FC) continue to spread throughout Brazil. In 2008 there were 19 and now there are 25, nine of which are formally established and 16 are in development. Film Commissions provide support for audiovisual productions by offering free services, such as logistical support and facilitation of film permits for production of all formats of audiovisual content. They also promote cities or states as privileged destinations for on-location filming as well as economic development and job creation.

Solot illustrates this aspect with the US example, where “on-location filming of a major studio feature film generates, on average U$200,000 per day in economic activity and tax receipts, according to data from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)”, he says.

Solot also refers to the methodology used to measure the economic impact of on-location filming, the Economic Impact Study. “These studies are used to “validate” FC activities within an economic development strategy, and to demonstrate the important contribution a FC may provide to a city or state which seeks to consolidate a competitive position in the global audiovisual landscape. The conclusions the study provides may also be used to recommend public policy and creation of economic and fiscal incentives through appropriate legislation”, he says.

The full article is available in Portuguese, at Revista de Cinema and the English version is available on the LATC website, here.

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