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Boasting some of the tallest mountains in Europe, Aosta Valley presents an exclusive filming destination

Aosta Valley is the smallest region in Italy. In its northwest, it is located between France and Switzerland. At its core are majestic peaks and the region is mostly mountainous. Aosta Valley has the highest peaks in the Alps: Cervino, Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and the king of them all, Mont Blanc, which at 15,781 feet, is the highest mountain in Europe, the roof of the old Continent.

A traditional gateway including two of the most important Alpine passes, the historical and artistic heritage of the Aosta Valley tells the story of an ancient past. Surrounded by looming mountains and laced by unspoiled valleys, Aosta Valley is a small region known for the high quality of its services and offerings.

Morphologically, Aosta Valley is a mountainous region, with deep valleys separated by the continuously snowcapped peaks of some of the highest mountains in Europe (Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa).

Climate

Aosta Valley has an Alpine climate with cold winters and cool summers. During the winter months, the average daily temperature can easily reach zero degrees centigrade and can fall further during periods of intense cold. Fortunately, the variation in altitude between the mountains and sunny valleys which they surround and dominate, creates many different areas with pleasant micro-climates. Summers are fresh and windy but the rain level can be quite high. In the winter, snow falls over the entire region, and in the summer, rain falls in the valleys with snow continuing to fall on the mountain tops.

Audiovisual Production Development Fund

The fund’s main objective is to promote and enhance the value of Aosta Valley’s heritage of culture, environment, landscapes, tourism, history and tradition, through the production of films, audiovisual and multimedia works. For this purpose, it intends to provide incentives to draw the presence of national and international movie, television, audiovisual and multimedia productions to Aosta Valley, to contribute to the qualification of local professional resources and to stimulate and support local employment and professions.

Grant Applications

1. Grant applications must be submitted to the Film Commission Vallée d’Aoste Foundation within the first ten days of each month, along with a written presentation of the project, an expense estimate and a budget plan.

2. Along with the application, also submit two copies of:

a) The curriculum vitae of the applicant’s attorney or of the applying entity

b) The curriculum vitae of the producer, the director and the main actors

c) A brief presentation of the director’s previous works

d) A detailed estimate of the expenses that will be carried out in the autonomous region Aosta Valley, from which it should result that at least 150 per cent of the funds requested, will be spent by the beneficiary entity in the region, excluding the expenses related to permanent employment contracts and investment expenditures

e) A budget estimate of the entire initiative/production from which it should emerge that the project is sustainable, the total funds requested will not exceed 50 per cent of the overall industrial costs of the project (including all production expenditures, general expenditures, producer fee, and financial charges), and that, along with the other sources of funding foreseen, it will not exceed the total cost of the project

The evaluations pertaining to the applications admitted will be carried out within 50 days of the application deadline and will be subsequently communicated to the applicants in digital and written form. The management of the grants issued has a maximum duration of 18 months.

2. Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria, which will be given a percentile and a numeric value. The projects that will be awarded the grant, within the limits of the financial resources available on the fund’s budget, are those that will have earned a total of at least 60 points out of 100. The criteria are:

• The curriculum vitae of the applicant’s attorney or of the applying entity (maximum 20 per cent; 20 points)

• Cultural and artistic value of the project (max. 20 per cent – 20 points)

• References to the Aosta Valley in the project’s contents, with special regards to its strategic markets (max. 20 per cent – 20 points)

• Project’s compatibility with the Aosta Valley territory, in economic terms (including the use of local professionalisms), touristic and cultural (max. 20 per cent – 20 points)

• Distribution prospects (max. 20 per cent – 20 points)

Every month, the commission will prepare a report of each application submitted; a merit list will be made with the applications that were accepted to the evaluation phase; the grants will be awarded based on this classification.

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