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Irresistible Italy

Italy is synonymous with fashion, style and, of course cuisine. In the midst of this high drama is a coastal gem, Liguria, that seduces filmmakers with old-world charm

Italy is not only home to the fashionable Rome, Milan, Venice and sun-drenched Florence. It has so much more to offer, with every region embracing something inimitable. The country is never out-of-style and Liguria, a coastal region in the north-western part of the country, is proof of this. Liguria is bordered by France to the west, Piedmont to the north, and Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany to the east. It lies on the Ligurian Sea.

Traverse through the beautifully festooned lanes and by-lanes, churches, museums, picturesque little towns and natural water edges. This region has plenty in its closet which has not been explored much to date. Liguria is the third smallest region and its capital is Genoa. It is popular among day-trippers, who come here to unwind at the beach and delve into the delectable local cuisine.

Liguria is also a filmmaker’s haven – the Italian Riviera (as Liguria’s commercially developed strip is called), has scattered beaches and architecture that competes for artistic value with its French counterpart. Beautifying the facades inside and out is trompe-l’oeil, an art technique which when captured appears overwhelming apart from three-dimensional. This region is generally less frenetic as it has a low profile compared to many other districts of the country.

Genoa is the capital of culture, with rich art, music, gastronomy and history at its best. The Piazza De Ferrari together with the royal palace and fortresses forms a pictorial backdrop for films. An ethnic mix of traditions and modern living titivates the entire city.

Savona, an important commune, is famous for sanctuaries, cathedrals and Rococo-style chapels, while Imperia, a coastal city, is striking due to the cultivation of flowers and olives. A juxtaposition of contemporary and old architecture makes Chiavari, a small town, stand out from the rest. Colourful buildings and houses scintillating at night are a picture perfect protagonists in any flick.

Picking the route vigilantly can allow filmmakers to capture the fascinating lifestyle of every neighbourhood. Dipped in history, this place is just the setting for period films featuring high drama. Also, the style is an apt window to the old times in epic films. What’s more, the financial aid provided by the government draws attention to this area and beckons producers to witness the grandeur of this place.


Feature films are eligible for financing through state funding. To apply for funding, the Italian Company (or European company with headquarters in Italy) must register with the Ministry of Culture – Cinema Department.

Registration is subject to the following criteria:

  • Quality of film produced
  • The business stability of the  production company
  • Ability to demonstrate the commercial  value of the production company itself
  • Support for Production
  • To apply for funding, production companies must submit the following documentation at least one day prior to start date of production:
  • Date of the start of production
  • Screenplay and synopsis
  • List of cast and crew
  • Budget and financial plan
  • Shooting schedule

A copy of the above documents will be sent to the SIAE (Italian Authors and Publishers Association) for registration at the Motion Picture Public Registry. To apply for funding, a film must be recognised as being of Italian nationality.


Feature films and shorts films co-produced with foreign countries can be recognised as Italian films. In the case of a co-production with a production company from a non-EU country, the share of participation cannot be less than 20 per cent of the budget and must be paid within 60 days of the opening of the film in cinemas in the country of the co-production. In the case of a country with a co-production agreement, the share of participation can be renegotiated with the authorisation of the Film Management Board.

In the case of a country with no co-production agreement with Italy, the profit-sharing between the Italian and foreign company must be authorised by the Film Management Board. The Italian production company must present the request for recognition of co-production at least 30 days prior to the start date of production.

With the support of ANICA (The Italian Producers Trade Union), Italy has drawn up co-production agreements with India.

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