Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the most visited city in the southern hemisphere, is a treasure trove of picturesque locales and celebratory culture
Rio de Janeiro, popularly referred to as ‘Rio’, is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second-largest city in Brazil, and the third-largest metropolitan area in South America. Rio de Janeiro is a cultural hub in Brazil and is nicknamed ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’, which means ‘Marvellous City’.
It is arguably the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, the samba, Bossa Nova, and balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Rio, both the city and the state, is also known the world over for its breathtaking natural landscapes and picture-perfect views.
Some of the most famous landmarks, in addition to the beaches, include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain. Its architecture embraces churches and buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, blending with the world renowned designs of the 20th century.
Rio is influenced by the Portuguese, the English and the French in its culture and architecture. One of the most famous sights of Rio is the sinuous design of the Copacabana sidewalk bordering the beach of shining white sand, leading down to the gentle surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Rio offers ideal locations for your next project, regardless of format: beaches, mountains, rivers, jungle, forests, farms and plantations, urban centres and other extraordinary locations.
Rio has a tropical savanna climate that closely borders a tropical monsoon climate and is often characterised by long periods of rain from December to March. In inland areas of the city, temperatures above 40 °C are common during the summer, though rarely for
long periods, while maximum temperatures above 27 °C can occur
on a monthly basis.
Along the coast, the breeze, blowing alternately onshore and offshore, moderates the temperature. Due to its geographic situation, the city is often reached, especially during autumn and winter, by cold fronts advancing from Antarctica, causing frequent weather changes. The mountainous areas register greater rainfall since they constitute a barrier to the humid wind that comes from the Atlantic.
Production In Rio
To be able to shoot in Rio, one needs to be associated with a local producer, which is registered with Ancine (National Film Agency). To be eligible for incentives offered by Filme Rio-Rio Film Commission (FRRFC), the local producer’s company has to be registered either in the city of Rio or within the state. Foreign producers must establish a partnership with a Brazilian production company, who, in turn, must be registered with Ancine, and who will report to the national agency on the foreign producer’s behalf.
Each year, the FRRFC opens a public bid geared towards providing financial support to audiovisual productions – both feature films and TV series, either fiction or documentaries – that are shot in part or fully within the state of Rio de Janeiro.
At present, Rio does not offer any specific incentives to foreign producers. However, there are a number of federal, state and municipal tax incentives and grants available to Brazilian producers, which may be applied to co-productions with foreign producers. Several incentives for film production and location shooting in the city and state of Rio are available. Local Brazilian producers can access different programs, such as the Rio State Box Office Reward Program, ICMS Turnover Tax Cultural Incentive, the State Secretariat of Culture Public Bidding Program, the Rio Investment Fund 1, Audiovisual Financial Credit Lines and Investe Rio Loans, which help with production in Rio.
Independently, films produced through collaboration with Brazilian producers may combine funds from municipal, state and federal incentive programs. However, the use of federal funds requires that a minimum of 5 per cent of the funds be brought in either by the producer or by a third party.
Foreign films shot on location in Brazil are eligible for federal funds, which are available solely to films co-produced with Brazil. Article 3A of the 8586/93 Law states that any Foreign Tax Payer might benefit from a 70 per cent rebate of their due tax.
Every cast and crew member who isn’t a Brazilian resident or doesn’t hold a Brazilian passport will need a work visa or a temporary visa to be able to film in Rio de Janeiro, city or state. However, location scouting will only require a tourist visa.
In some cases, the FRRFC will be able to facilitate the issuance of work visas for cast and crew assigned to projects approved for shooting on location in the city or state of Rio. Normally visas are issued by Brazilian Consulates and Embassies abroad.