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Portugal Preps Tax Rebate Scheme

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Portugal is the latest country to announce a tax incentive scheme aimed at attracting major international productions.

The 2016 state budget authorizes a tax incentive scheme for film production in Portugal, in the form of a tax credit for film production expenditures incurred in Portugal, with eligible expenses of at least €1 million ($1.1 million).

The tax credit may be deducted from corporate income tax and will require the involvement of a line-producer based in Portugal.

“This is a long-awaited development, after many requests, both from national professionals and from the international filmmaking community, and should allow Portugal to improve its position in the global film locations market,” said Portugal’s minister of culture, Joao Soares.

Filomena Serras Pereira, president of the Portuguese film agency, Ica (Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual) explained that there is a major desire to regulate the new scheme by the end of March, given that the initiative has »

- Martin Dale

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Wild at Heart: A Week of Debut Films

7 January 2016 9:02 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Happy New Year! We're ushering in the first of January with the first films of some of our favorite filmmakers: a week of debut films!In the Us we're showing Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Todd Haynes' Poison, Stanley Kubrick's Fear and Desire, Alain Robbe-Grillet's L'immortelle, vulgar auteurism mascot Paul W.S. Anderson's Shopping, Wong Kar-wai's As Tears Go By, and Derek Jarman's Sebastiane. In the UK, the lineup features Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, Wong's As Tears Go By, Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies and videotape, Michelangelo Antonioni's Story of a Love Affair, Mike Leigh's Bleak Moments, Maurice Pialat's L'enfance nue, and Pedro Costa's O Sangue. »

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Cinema and the Class Struggle

5 January 2016 10:10 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Les Soviets plus l’électricitéFrance’s central place within film culture may have its ups and downs when it comes to adventurous film-making, but its reputation as a hub of international film viewing holds strong. Yet beyond the central role of Cannes in the yearly festival rigmarole, and references to the riches of the Paris film-going scene and to vaguely understood state subsidies, little attention is actually paid to the wider infrastructures of a film-going culture which, after all, provided more ticket sales for Uncle Boonmee than the rest of the world combined. To say this is not to trumpet French exceptionalism far and wide: Olaf Möller has spoken lovingly of the key role of film programming on West German television in the 1970s, and Italian critics would no doubt be able to provide similar insight into the workings of Rai 3 or the myriad smaller festivals which continue to »

- Nathan Letoré

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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

4 January 2016 6:41 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

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