Filming in Brazil: Get the Facts

With Brazil playing host to both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics there is no shortage of opportunities available in the marketplace. All eyes are on Rio de Janeiro and we would not blame you for wanting to get in on the action. If you are thinking about film production in Brazil, or even visiting the country, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you pack your bags.
The National Film Agency in Brazil, ACINE, requires all non-journalistic filming to be pre-approved by them and contracted out (in an official partnership) with a local Brazilian camera crew. Andréa Bayer of ACINE explained that, “any foreign production should be communicated beforehand to ACINE by a Brazilian company, with a valid registry with us, that will be in charge of all video production in Brazil.” Stark Crew has an English-speaking camera crew in Brazil that is ready to take on your next project. (Fun fact: while many would assume that Spanish is spoken in Brazil the official language is Portuguese.)
Here at Stark Crew we happen to be experts in providing companies with local camera crews around the world, and Brazil is no exception. The importance of selecting a local reliable camera crew cannot be stressed enough as once they are contracted out they are given full responsibility of communicating with the National Film Agency and representing your project. It is important to make sure you fully understand the distribution of the responsibilities and select a Brazilian camera crew that you can trust to represent you to ACINE.
When applying for project approval you will need to provide the following.

  1. A copy of the contract between foreign production and the Brazilian video producer.
  2. A copy of the contract in Portuguese, if it is not originally written in Portuguese.
  3. In order to get a project approved you must provide a detailed synopsis of your plans including: dates for filming in Brazil, a complete budget, and a full description of the project itself.
  4. A copy of the passport for each of the foreign representatives entering the country.

Stark Crew is plenty experienced at working within foreign countries and more importantly working with local film commissions to ensure your project gets approved and your end product is of the highest quality. Given the requirements of partnering with local Brazilian camera crews to complete production why not work with someone you know you can trust. Stark Crew’s network of over 600 English-speaking video specialists around the world ensure quality crews and production no matter where you are. Contact us now!