The FSA is a federal fund and a landmark in the support of the audiovisual industry in Brazil, since it invests in all stages and activities associated with the audiovisual sector, such as project development, production, distribution/commercialization, exhibition and infrastructure. In the areas of both audiovisual production and distribution, this fund sets out lines of action involving TV content production.
The FSA’s resources come mainly from CONDECINE (“Contribution to the Development of a National Film Industry”), a tax applied:
- to the broadcasting, production, licensing and distribution of film and video works for commercial purposes;
- to service providers that distribute audiovisual content, such as telecommunications companies and pay-tv operators.
The funds received from the FSA are partially recoupable from the film’s net proceeds. The percentage of recoupment from each film project depends on various factors, including overall budget, total amount received and the percentage participation of the FSA in the film’s budget.
Currently the FSA has three programs, which are divided into lines:
a) PRODECINE: Dedicated to supporting the development of Brazilian films.
LINE 1: Feature film production
LINE 2: Feature film production (projects applied by a Brazilian distributor)
LINE 3: Exploitation of feature films
LINE 4: Supplementary aid to feature film production
LINE 5: Feature film projects combining an innovative narrative form and artistic relevance
LINE 6: Co-production with Latin-American countries
LINE 7: Co-production with Argentina
LINE 8: Co-production with Portugal
LINE 9: Co-production with Uruguay
LINE 10: Co-production with Chile
b) PRODAV: Dedicated to supporting the development of the Brazilian audiovisual sector.
LINE 1: Production of independent audiovisual content for television
LINE 2: Production of independent audiovisual content for television
(projects applied by Free-to-Air or Pay-TV programmers)
LINE 3: Development of portfolios of projects by groups of creative
LINE 4: Development of laboratories
LINE 5: Development of projects
LINE 6: Automatic financial support
LINE 7: Quality incentive program
LINE 8: Content production for public TVs
LINE 9: Videogames production
c) Cinema Perto de Você (“A Movie Theater Near You”): Dedicated to supporting the development of infrastructure.
LINE 1: Opening of new movie theaters
LINE 2: Opening of movie theaters in towns or cities with more than 20, 000 and less than 100,000 inhabitants, where no cinemas are available
LINE 3: Exemption of federal taxes due to import/acquisition of material/equipment for movie theaters
LINE 4: Box-office control system
LINE 5: Digitalization of movie theaters
Source: ANCINE / Superintendência de Desenvolvimento Econômico.