The Fund set up by the Regional Government of Tuscany will be for works with a cultural value and direct links with the territory’s identity. First and second works can access the Fund (feature length and shorts for the cinema and “assimilated audiovisual works” for television), as well as documentaries and screenplays: a maximum of six works per category can be funded each year, three for documentaries.
There are basically two types of funding: grants for screenplays, documentaries and first works; production quota participation (co-production), or the pre-purchasing of rights, for second works which are defined as being all films which are not debut works.
The screenplay funding is reserved for writers making their debut and the maximum contribution that can be financed is 15 thousand Euros.
Funding of up to 200 thousand Euros per production is available for first works, whereas for documentaries the ceiling is 50 thousand Euros.
The funding provided should not exceed 50% of the production cost (70% for documentaries), and is conditional upon expenditure in the territory equal to 100% of the amount of funding received, and at least 50% of the exterior shots being realized in Tuscany.
The same quota of exterior shots is required for second works for which the funding available can rise to 450 thousand Euros, on condition that at least 150% of the funding received from the regional government is spent in the territory.
The projects are selected by a special committee which meets three times a year. The committee is made up of two regional officials, a film critic and two Tuscan Festival directors.
The evaluation criteria will be based mainly on two requisites: the quality of the project and the actual valorization of the regional identity.
Other elements to be taken into consideration will be the prospects for the return of the investment in the case of venture capital agreements or the pre-purchasing of rights, the feasibility of the project and the economic effects on the region in terms of services, the use of local workers and professionals.