FILMING IN BRAZIL? THAT'S OUR SPECIALTY

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For a very long time, Brazil has been a popular location destination for foreign filmmakers looking to produce an audiovisual project.  With its unique combination of urban areas — including major cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo — and beautiful tracts of raw nature such as 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 for international producers to shoot in due to some of its rules and regulations regarding audiovisual projects by foreign companies.

There are several rules and a few 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 you with all of those tasks and steps so that your project is compliant with all of the rules the Brazilian government imposes on foreign producers looking to shoot in Brazil.  Whether it is ANCINE registration, obtaining business visas for crew members, temporarily importing your equipment or something else, we have the experience needed to make it happen for you. With a proven track record working as Brazil fixers for several major clients, BPS is here to make filming in Brazil easy, and to help you make your next Brazil 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 (an acronym that stands for Agência Nacional do Cinema or “National Film Agency” in Portuguese) is the Brazilian government's regulatory agency that oversees policy in the audiovisual sector of the economy.  If your production is not journalistic in nature (i.e. being produced by a recognized news agency or company) then it has to be registered with ANCINE. 

However,  foreign producers can not simply register their Brazil project with ANCINE on their own. They must rather partner with a Brazilian production company registered with ANCINE (such as BPS), who will then register the project with ANCINE on their behalf.  Documents that must be submitted in order for BPS to properly register a project with 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)

  • An initial production schedule and plan of all locations you would like to shoot in with dates

  • A copy of all Brazil-bound foreign crew members’ 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 for BPS to get your ANCINE registration done. 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: Brazil’s government requires that citizens of certain countries in the world get visas before flying to Brazil for tourism or for business purposes (i.e. shooting a film, video or photo project).

Here’s a comprehensive list of all countries in the world and the current status of its citizens in regards to visa requirements to travel to Brazil (updated of June 13, 2019):

Visa Required: Afghanistan, Andorra, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea, Iraq, Kiribati, North Korea, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Maldives, Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, Niger, Palau, Palestinian Authority, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

Visa Waived: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zambia.

If you or any members of your crew are citizens of a country in the Visa Waived list above, you are good to travel to Brazil and do your shoot as long as you have a valid passport (some time restrictions as to how long you can stay in the Brazil apply).

Now, if you are from a country that is in the Visa Required list above, then you will need to get a business visa to legally do your shoot in Brazil and for that we will need to partner up and ask the government for the visa on your behalf. It will be important for you to start the process of applying for Brazilian business visas as soon as possible because it can take upwards of a month for visas to be issued. As soon as you know you need to go to Brazil for a shoot, contact us so that we can help you through the business visa process.


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