The data are revealed by the Lisbon Film Commission, as it is marking ten years of existence “in order to expedite authorizations and procedures involved in filming requests”, from Portuguese and foreign producers in the city. In a statement, the municipal structure reveals that the support given to cinematographic, audiovisual and photographic productions totaled more than 3.5 million euros in exemptions from payment of fees, spaces and municipal equipment. were more than 150 million euros, says the LFC. The Lisbon Film Commission was created in 2012 by the municipality to monitor that type of production, “from the beginning of its shooting until its premiere at film festivals or in a commercial room”. this structure, 2022 registers a growth trend in the number of filming and photo sessions in Lisbon, close to the values before the pandemic of COVID-19, “with an emphasis on international co-productions”. The most recent data indicate that in 2021 LFC received 551 requests for productions in the capital, while in 2020 – the year with the greatest impact of the pandemic – there were 423 requests. In 2019, 711 requests for filming and photo shoots were recorded. Last year, most requests were for advertising footage, for brands such as Volkswagen, Heineken, McDonald’s, Zara, Hermés, IKEA, Aldi, Iberdrola, Airbnb, among others. The most recent productions shot in Lisbon include some episodes of the fifth season of the Spanish series “La Casa de Papel” (2020), the Indian comedy “Jab Harry Met Sejal” (2017), by Imtiaz Ali, the film “The Promise ” (2016), by Terry George, and also the works “Everybody Likes Jeanne” (2022), by Céline Deveaux, and “Heart of Stone”, by Tom Harper, starring Gal Gadot, which will only debut in 2023. In Portugal there are at least ten ‘film commission’, structures that streamline and the presence of cinematographic and audiovisual productions, in particular foreign productions, and some work in close relationship with regional tourism entities and regional directorates of Culture. created by the Ministry of Culture to “promote synergies between the creative industries and tourism and give Portugal visibility as an international destination for film production”. ), with a system of incentives for cinema and audiovisual production and the capture of international footage for Portugal. This fund will be endowed with 14 million euros in 2023, two million more than this year, according to the State Budget proposal (EO).
Audiovisual filming in Lisbon generates a return of more than 150 million euros in a decade
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