The island of Elba has been at the center of television production in Tuscany this summer: In September it hosted the set of the docu-drama “L’esilio dell’aquila”, about the time Napoleon Bonaparte spent in exile on the island, produced by Revolver of Rome in co-production with France and Poland.
The director and screenwriter is Elba’s Stefano Muti and it will be broadcast in Italy on RAI 5, in France by France 3, and in Poland by TVP 1.
Also returning to the Island of Elba is Commissario Bordelli (Filippo Timi), the famous protagonist of the novels by Pisan writer Marco Malvaldi: the second TV miniseries “I delitti del Barlume”, directed by Tuscany’s Roan Johnson and produced by Palomar for SKY, received support from the Toscana Film Commission through the Regional Government of Tuscany’s Cinema and Audiovisuals Fund, with a contribution of around 127,000 Euros.
The Fund which, this year, is dedicated only to second feature films or television dramas, can cover up to 10% of the production cost and cannot exceed 450,000 Euros per work.
The first series of “I delitti del Barlume”, also set on the Island of Elba was supported by the Incoming Fund, i.e. the fund that aims to reduce costs for services used inside the region of Tuscany, which can be accessed by all the projects that are not eligible for the Cinema and Audiovisuals Fund.
The criteria for accessing the Incoming Fund are the duration of filming in Tuscany, the use of artistic professional skills or technical skills and service companies resident or domiciled in Tuscany, the artistic quality of the story-line and its relevance to elements characterizing the historical and cultural identity of Tuscany, the presence of co-productions and/or Tuscan executive productions.
The maximum amount that can be distributed for feature-length dramas and TV dramas is 50,000 Euros.
In September, the second series of documentaries about food markets – “FOOD MARKETS – Profumi e sapori a kmØ”, produced by Turin’s Stefilm, was filmed in Florence (in the markets of San Lorenzo and Sant’Ambrogio and on some provincial farms). The series will be premiered on Rai5 and then repeated on Rai Uno. Florence, along with Orbetello, Pitigliano, and Casentino, will provide the locations for the fifth season of the popular US television program “Dolce Vita” (picture above), dedicated to cooking and presented by chef David Rocco, broadcast in Italy on Sky, National Geographic, and by the Food Network (Canada), the Cooking Channel (United States), and the National Geographic Channel (United States).
The famous TV travel format “Getaways”, produced by Ireland’s Waddelmedia, broadcast by the BBC, also made a trip to Tuscany over the summer, visiting the towns of Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano, Pisa and Montecatini Terme.