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Since its launch in May 2016, the São Paulo Film Commission (Spcine) has assisted on over 2,700 productions: Features, shorts, TV and TV commercials. Those numbers put the metropolis alongside Mexico City as one of Latin America’s most utilized shooting destinations. It currently hosts more than 1,000 productions per year.
In industry terms the city is well equipped to handle major domestic and international productions, and has become a favorite for Netflix Originals including the Wachowskis’ “Sense8,” and Brazil’s “3%” and “Most Beautiful Thing.” The area boasts 3,000 audiovisual dedicated companies, 1,500 production companies and 70 companies devoted to film and TV sound, image, mixing and soundtrack work.
São - Paulo - Rates - Latin - America
São Paulo rates as one of Latin America’s most global communities as well, with huge populations of citizens from across the globe that have brought their architecture, food, music and art with them. The diversity of the city allows for São Paulo to be used as a stand-in for almost any big city in the world. The city also hosts the world’s largest street Carnaval and LGBT Pride parade, both of which have featured prominently in many major films and series.
Laís Bodanzky, Spcine president – and one of Brazil’s most prominent women film directors, who made 2017 Berlin competition player “Just Like Our Parents” – talked with Variety ahead of her trip to Cannes where she will promote the city and its industry to the industry throughout the world.
Projects - Spcine - Years
Can you talk about the major projects which have been backed by Spcine in its first three years?
Brazilian productions of international notoriety which have filmed in São Paulo include Netflix’s “3%,” one of the most watched non-English shows on the platform, and HBO’s “O Negócio,” released simultaneously in 50 countries. The recently launched Netflix Original “Most Beautiful Thing” – set in 1950’s Rio de Janeiro about...
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