The Portugal Film Commission and the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social held, on the 22nd of November, the seminar “Filming in Portugal”, addressed to undergraduate, master and post-graduate students of the areas related to cinema and audiovisual.
This seminar, by the Executive Director of the PFC, Sandra Neves, had as its main theme the licences and authorizations for filming in Portugal, highlighting the various governmental areas and entities involved, how the various procedures for authorizing filming are developed in different territories and jurisprudences, and the role of the PFC as mediator and facilitator between the various entities and the national and international producers.
The issue of financing promoted by the PFC within the scope of the Support Fund for Tourism and Film was also addressed, highlighting the role of the Cash Rebate and Scouting as drivers of interest for international production companies, along with all the other reasons for the attractiveness of Portugal as a filming destination.
This initiative gives shape to the PFC’s intention of making the process of Filming in Portugal known to future cinema and audiovisual professionals, recognizing the added value in dynamizing and empowering the market, both immediately, in terms of their academic career, and in the medium and long term in the effects that this knowledge may bring for streamlining the filming processes.
On the other hand, the establishment of partnerships with schools and universities connected to the industry may open new horizons for the reinforcement of both PFC and the schools’ mission, creating synergies that can strengthen the film and audiovisual industry and, consequently, the country in what it offers as a filming destination.
Thank you to Escola Superior de Comunicação Social for partnering and hosting this session, and we hope to continue to develop partnerships with schools and universities in this sector, throughout the country.