FILMING IN BRAZIL? THAT'S OUR SPECIALTY

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For a very long time now Brazil has been a popular choice in destination for foreign film makers looking to produce an audiovisual project.  With its unique combination of urban and rural areas, including major cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and beautiful natural areas like the Amazon Rainforest and Lençóis National Park, Brazil is a highly sought after filming location.  And, since hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, it has only become a more popular choice. However, Brazil can be a difficult place to plan to shoot in due to some of its rules and regulations regarding audiovisual projects by foreign companies.

There are several rules and many different steps that must be abided by when deciding to embark on a new audiovisual project that involves filming in Brazil. Brazil Production Services is here to help with all of those tasks and steps that can also be long, complicated and easy to mess up.  Whether it is Ancine registration, obtaining business visas for all crew members, temporarily importing your equipment or something else, we have the experience needed. With a proven track record working as brazil fixers with several major clients, BPS is here to make filming in Brazil easy, and to make your next Brazilian production a success.  

Ancine Registration: One of the first steps you must perform when you want to film an audiovisual project in Brazil is to register your project with Ancine.  Ancine is the Brazilian government's regulatory agency. If your production is not journalistic, then it has to be registered with Ancine. However,  foreign producers cannot simply register the project through Ancine on their own, but rather they must partner with a Brazilian production company registered with Ancine (such as BPS), who will then register the project. Documents that must be submitted in order to be approved by Ancine include:

  • A copy of the contract signed by both the foreign and the Brazilian producer proving that you have entered an agreement and will be working together to co-produce the film/video project.
  • A copy of that contract translated into Portuguese so that Ancine reps can review it (if contract is not originally written in Portuguese)
  • A detailed initial schedule and plan of all locations you would like to shoot at with dates
  • A copy of all Brazil-bound foreign crew member's passport info pages and their function within the crew

Once all of this is submitted, as long as all the documentation is correct, this process should take no longer than five business days. After getting approved, if you wish to make any changes to the plans, such as crew or project date adjustments, the Brazilian production company must reach out to Ancine again on the foreign producer's behalf to inform them. The new process will take another five business days. For more information on Ancine, or to find the proper forms needed in order to register, click here.  During busy periods, Ancine processing times could easily double to 10 business days. 

Brazilian Business Visas: Much like Ancine registration, it is important to start the process of applying for Brazilian work visas as soon as possible. In order to temporarily work in Brazil, each member of your crew will have to obtain a Brazilian film permit; a passport alone just isn't enough for most countries (for a country by country list of Brazil visa requirements, click here).  As your partner, we at BPS can take care of all the paperwork needed for those visas. Additionally, if you are an American company, we will even make the trips to and from the consulate for you. Documents needed to submit along with an application for a business visa include:

  • Passport-size picture
  • Copy of passport ID page
  • Proof of address
  • USPS Money Order to the Brazilian Consulate

Once all of this is submitted it should take up to 12 business days before you receive your Brazilian work visas. While there are other steps to do after receiving your work visa and Ancine registration, the production would never even start without completing these two major steps. 

E-DBV Registration: Along with registering you and your project through the Brazilian government, you will also need to register any and all equipment you plan on bringing into the country.  When planning to film in Brazil, it is important to know that electronics are typically much more expensive to rent in Brazil than in the U.S or Europe.  For registration,  you can not simply fill out an ATA Carnet though.  Brazil is not a full signatory of the ATA Carnet system. Instead, you must fill out an E-DBV form (Brazilian customs form)  for any and all equipment you plan to import temporarily into the country for your shoot.  After completing all paperwork, you will need to know that there are other steps that must be taken upon arriving in Brazil, including going into the customs office at the airport and declaring all the goods you will be bringing in and getting an entry stamp. The process is the same in reverse for leaving, you simply go back to the customs area and declare the goods you will be bringing back with you and get your exit stamp.  While the process can be complicated, we at BPS are here to help.  We not only will help with the paperwork but can even arrange a customs expeditor to be waiting for you when you arrive at the airport if you would like, all you have to do is ask! For more information on E-DBV rules and regulations, click here.

Brazil Production Services is the one-stop shop for all your production needs when filming in Brazil. As experts on Brazil production, we are here to help in any way we can. We take the very long and complicated process of planning to film in Brazil and make it easy thanks to our extensive experience. If you are thinking it is time to enlist a Brazilian production company for your next major audiovisual project in Brazil we would love to help!


The Filming in Brazil series was created by BPS as expert Brazil fixers in order to educate foreign film companies considering filming in Brazil on the many steps that must be taken prior to their actual trip to Brazil.  In the videos, BPS CEO Thiago Da Costa gives an in-depth walk through of tasks like registering with Ancine, applying for a Brazil film permit or business visa and more.  If it seems long and complicated, that's because it is, unfortunately.  Luckily, BPS has a proven track record of ensuring smooth, successful productions for all of our  clients.  Reach out to us at any time for more information on how to get your next production in Brazil done.

When a foreign company decides they want to film in Brazil, they cannot simply show up and do it.  Unlike in most countries, all foreign productions that plan to shoot in Brazil must be registered with the Brazilian government's film agency. In this video, CEO Thiago Da Costa explains how to register with Ancine.

When considering filming in Brazil, you cannot just simply get a passport and go.  First, you must ensure that you, and your entire crew, have all the proper Brazil film permit documentation for working in Brazil. In this video, CEO Thiago Da Costa explains how to obtain a business visa for everyone involved in the production before going to shoot in Brazil.

Unlike most countries, in Brazil you cannot simply bring your equipment with you by using a standard ATA carnet, but rather you must fill out the proper paperwork to let the Brazilian government know exactly what you are bringing into the country. In this video, CEO Thiago Da Costa explains what must be done in order to bring your filming equipment safely and legally to Brazil through the use of an E-DBV form.  

When going to Brazil, there are a lot more things to consider outside of legal documentation and equipment importation.  In this video, CEO Thiago Da Costa goes through 10 helpful tips we've learned while being fixers in Brazil that all foreign companies should consider before heading to Brazil to ensure their production goes as well as they hope.