About Us

The Portugal Film Commission (PFC), created by Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 85/2019, published on 31 May, was established by the members of the Government responsible for the areas of Culture and Tourism (Secretary of State for Cinema, Audiovisual and Media and Secretary of State for Tourism).

PFC’s main objectives are:

  • Promoting synergies between the creative industries and tourism;
  • Providing visibility to Portugal as a destination and improving the tourist experience;
  • Affirming Portugal as an international filming destination;
  • Communicating with regional film commissions, the diplomatic network and industry association and companies.

These objectives are achieved in line with the law on incentives for capturing films and with cinematographic co-production agreements, removing bureaucratic obstacles , streamlining the process of filming in Portugal.

PFC is currently a member of the AFCI – Association of Film Commissioners International and EUFCN — European Film Commission Network.

Meet the team:

Film Commissioner – Manuel Claro

Currently: Film Commissioner in Portugal Film Commission Previously: Executive Coordinator of the Creative Europe Desk Portugal and responsible for the MEDIA sub-programme; Executive Coordinator at MEDIA Desk Portugal; Advisor to the Cultural Department of the City Council of Lisbon; Adviser to the Councillor for Culture of the City Council of Lisbon. Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Universidade Nova de Lisboa; Post-Graduation in Cultural Practices for Municipalities.

Executive Director – Sandra Neves

Currently: Executive Director at the Portugal Film Commission Previously: Project Officer at the Portugal Film Commission; Senior Technician in the Directorate of Investment Support and later in the Legal Department of Tourism of Portugal, I.P; Internship at the Portuguese Bar Association held and concluded. Degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon)

Project Officer – Filipa Magalhães

Project Officer at the Portugal Film Commission


Project Manager for the capture of major events in the department of territorial marketing and business in the Directorate of Sales Support in Tourism of Portugal;
Project Manager in the Department of Communication and Digital Marketing in Tourism of Portugal;

Event Manager, Account and Production Director in advertising agencies;
Production Director at the Oeiras International Theatre Show; Communication Advisor, Project Manager and Executive Production at the COP - Portuguese Olympic Committee;

Production Assistant at APORDOC - International Independent Film Festival - DOCLISBOA;

Production Assistant at Zero in Behaviour - IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival.

Degree in Law from UAL; Technical Course in Audiovisual Production and Marketing from RESTART.)