A bevy of international productions is heading to Portugal, lured by its unique light, landscapes and a revamped 25-30% cash-rebate scheme.With a 30% rebate, Portugal competes with territories such as UK, Hungary and France, and may expand to their levels.Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” benefited from the incentives; upcoming productions include Ira Sachs’ “A Family Vacation,” shot in Sintra and produced by Saïd Ben Saïd and Luis Urbano. “The new scheme gives me greater chances to work with directors such as Ira Sachs, but for me, it’s important that the projects have an organic link with the locations,” pointed out Urbano.With its warm climate, beaches and long daylight hours, Portugal is positioning itself as the “California of Europe” — with a booming tourism industry, start-up culture and high-profile events such as the Web Summit.Last year, Portugal experimented with a 20-25% tax rebate scheme, a minimum of EUR 1 million (USD 1.1 million) production spend and supported four projects. The revamped scheme provides a cash rebate, a higher 30% maximum rate and lower minimum production spend.The 2017 World Travel Awards voted Portugal the world’s best destination, and filming of commercials is booming — with campaigns for Apple, Volkswagen, McDonald’s, El Corte Ingles and Yves Saint Laurent filming in the country.
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