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Portugal has been featured in many films over the decades, from 1960s James Bond films through to the upcoming Terry Gilliam film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. New industry incentives should ensure a lot more screen time in the years to come by encouraging more film and television production in Portugal.

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Portugal’s new incentive program will offer up to 4 million Euros per project, as a general rule, for film and television production. The base rebate for eligible expenses will be 25 percent although there are exceptions for cultural relevance or projects which would have a high impact on cinematography in Portugal, which could be scale to a 30 percent rebate. Also, film and TV production in low-density areas, or with actors or technicians with disabilities, would also qualify for 30 percent rebates.

The rebates take the form of upfront cash payments in installments.   The program is managed by the Portuguese Film and Audiovisual Institute (ICA) and is supported by a fund under the auspices of Portugal Tourism.

Portugal’s Secretary of State for Tourism has been meeting this month with major studios in Los Angeles.

“This is a very exciting time for Portugal,” Secretary Ana Mendes Godinho said. “We’re seeing tremendous interest in Portugal as a tourist destination and feel sure that the US film and TV industry will also fall in love with our sunny days, beautiful landscapes, architecture and culture.”

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