Italy's Ministry of Culture sets aside 5 million euros for minority co-productions
Camillo De Marco (Cineuropa)
The General Directorate for Cinema and Audiovisual Works of
the Ministry of Culture in Italy yesterday published a call for proposals with a budget of
5 million euros to support the production of feature films made under a
co-production or minority partnership scheme. These are works in which the
participation of the Italian company is a minority, with respect to the
participation of the non-Italian company which owns the highest share of rights
of use and exploitation of the work. They must therefore be works created by
one or more Italian companies and one or more non-Italian companies based in a
country with which a film and audiovisual co-production agreement exists and is
in force, or (in the case of international partnership) in a country with which
such agreements do not exist.
The new 2016 Cinema Law in fact
provides that public intervention in support of cinema and audiovisual works
promotes international co-productions and the circulation and distribution of
Italian and European film and audiovisual productions in Italy and abroad.
The sum of 5 million euros is
divided into two evaluation sessions of 2.5 million euros each: the first from
10 May 2021 to 4 June 2021, and the second from 6 September 2021 to 1 October
By the date of the grant request and
under penalty of inadmissibility, the work must have obtained provisional
Italian nationality as a co-production or international partnership. Requests
must be submitted through the new DGCOL platform.
Currently in post-production, the new film by Leonardo Di Costanzo, titled The Inner Cage. Penned by Leonardo Di Costanzo, Bruno Oliviero and Valia Santella, the film stars Silvio Orlando and Toni Servillo
Between May and June, Gianni Amelio will start shooting his new film, Il signore delle formiche [lit. The Lord of Ants], inspired by the legal persecution and moral lynching of Aldo Braibanti.
The title is Casanova’s Return and will star Toni Servillo in the leading role. The new film by Gabriele Salvatores is adapted by the eponymous story by Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler, and is penned by the director with Umberto Contarello and Sara Mosetti.
The shooting of Pietro Marcello’s new film L’envol is scheduled for next August, and will take place in Normandy and Haut-de-France.