The Regione Lazio has a lot of faith in audiovisuals because this is a driving sector that brings development to the whole region, a sector of great tradition and potential” Luciano Sovena, President of the Roma Lazio Film Commission, points out with satisfaction, clarifying that the strategy of the Regione Lazio’s support of cinema is divided into two directions:
“One line consists of the funds that support cinema, over € 20 million paid directly to productions through the Lazio Cinema International open call for international coproductions and the Regional Fund for Cinema and Audiovisuals for national products.
The actions of the Film Commission are at the center of the other line, with a series of initiatives involving promotion in the region as well as development with other countries which offer producers opportunities for realizing coproduction projects. The recent collaboration actions with institutions in countries like the Balkans, Bulgaria and Israel also move in this direction”.
An initial assessment of Lazio Cinema International, the public notice managed by Lazio Innova which supports international co-productions thanks to the activation of the POR FESR 2014-2020 European funds, registers the allocation of € 37 million in 4 years which activated in investment for almost € 180 million.
This has strengthened the competitiveness of theatrical production businesses in Lazio, attracted producers, directors and internationally famous actors to the region and, at the same time, given a boost to tourism by valorizing the region’s splendid natural, environmental and historical locations.
Of the € 22 million that the Regione Lazio has allocated for audiovisuals in 2019, 10 were destined for the Lazio Cinema International open call which will be refinanced with a similar sum in 2020 as well.
One of the films funded by the first window of the Lazio Cinema International Open Call is “Glass boy” by Samuele Rossi, produced by Solaria Film, Peacock Film, WildArtFilm and Rai Cinema, that was filmed in September in Rome and Bracciano.
In September Paramount also arrived in Rome to make a program for You Tube with the Pozzolis family and another two family influencers, set in the Baths of Caracalla; “Summertime”, the Netflix original series inspired by the novel by Federico Moccia “3MSC – Three meters above the sky”, was also filmed in Ravenna and Cesenatico, as well as the Italian-French coproduction (Panoramic Film, Alba Produzioni, Loin Derriere l’Oural) “Governance”, by Michael Zampino, supported by the Regione Lazio.
This summer Latina became the headquarters of Columbia University and Edison’s office which were recreated for the movie “Nikola Tesla, the man from the future” by Alessandro Parrello, produced by West 46th Films.
The Roman summer also witnessed a succession of sets for the new movies by Gabriele Muccino, “I migliori anni”, “La mia banda suona il pop” produced by Luca Barbareschi for Casanova Multimedia – Eliseo Cinema; the Rai Fiction-Publispei series “Io ti cercherò”, by Gianluca Maria Tavarelli and the set of the Spanish documentary about the Catalan philosopher Raimon Panikkar.
Terrence Malick also filmed in Lazio (“The Last Planet” set in the Reserve of Tor Caldara in Anzio), while the Grotta del Turco on Montagna Spaccata, Gaeta, hosted “Bloodmoon”, the spin-off of the TV series “Game of Thrones”.
A lot of international productions will soon be arriving in Lazio and taking advantage of the assistance of the Roma Lazio Film Commission.
Rome will be the protagonist of the main Christmas program on ZDF: the German broadcaster and Markus Lanz will realize their annual feature with a Christmas concert in the Basilica of St. Peter, the necropolis, the Campo Santo Teutonico, the churches of Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Maria in Aracoeli (Santo Bambino).
Filming took place at the end of September and will continue at the end of November and in December.
Rome has also been chosen as the set of “Ethnoex”, the Philippine TV channel Abs-Cbn’s entertainment show which will be filmed in November. Filming has also just come to an end on a Korean documentary set in Subiaco about the history and diffusion around Europe of writing with mobile characters. Produced by Aura Pictures Productions.