Producers from Portugal and Germany met again in June during the Munich Film Festival. Topics of the event, which was organized by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) and Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, included the presentation of national and regional film funding – including the new Cash Rebate Incentive in Portugal –, information on production conditions and possibilities for joint cooperation, as well as previous successes of German-Portuguese co-productions. Following the first co-production meeting in Lisbon in 2017, the participants once again had an opportunity to network, deepen their knowledge of the markets in the partner countries and pitch new film projects for an international audience.

“The better we get to know each other, the more fruitful our future cooperation will be,” stressed FFA CEO Peter Dinges in his welcoming speech. “Together with Luis Chaby Vaz and his team, we would like to contribute to further increasing the opportunities and possibilities of film industry relations between Portugal and Germany.“

Following an amendment to the bilateral film co-production agreement from 2015, it has become easier for producers from Germany and Portugal to initiate joint cinema projects. The minimum participation in joint co-productions is flexible and now amounts to only 10 percent in special cases (previously: 70:30). Examples of successful German-Portuguese co-productions in recent years include the drama LOS PERROS by Marcela Said, which was co-produced on the German side with augenschein Filmproduktion and screened in the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes in 2017, and TABU by Miguel Gomes, which was co-produced by Komplizen Film and screened in Competition at the Berlinale 2012.

FFA CEO Peter Dinges with participants (© FFA)