ABOUT THE RIO FILM COMMISSION
The Rio Film Commission (RFC) is the governmental office of Rio de Janeiro dedicated to the promotion of the City and State as preferred, film-friendly destinations for the seamless and most cost-effective production of national and international audiovisual content (film, television, documentaries, commercials and web), by the use of local services and facilities, as a means to contribute to economic development and job creation.
The RFC is a project of the Interstate Audiovisual Industry Union – SICAV (Sindicato Interestadual da Industria Audiovisual), and is sponsored by RioFilme, the municipal audiovisual content promotion and investment company of Rio de Janeiro. Through a cooperation agreement with the Rio de Janeiro State Secretary of Culture, the RFC scope of operations includes the entire state.
The Rio Film Commission Working Agenda aims include:
– To serve the film, television and digital media industries locally, nationally and internationally;
– To assist productions with finding potential filming locations, guide them through local and national regulations and legislation, consult with productions regarding financial aspects of their projects, and connect productions with crew, vendor services and film liaisons throughout the state;
– To standardize and streamline the permitting and authorization procedures by municipal and state authorities;
– To develop a system of selective automatic permits for productions with specific characteristics;
– To create awareness among Rio de Janeiro City and State government and private-sector entities about the need to maintain filming fees at realistic levels in order to preserve Rio’s international competitive edge;
– To promote the City and the State audiovisual sector in international markets and festivals;
– To propose new national and international cross-promotional agreements and partnerships to continue to attract producers to Rio, and to update and renew those that already exist.