Law n° 220 of 14 November 2016 “Disciplina del cinema e dell’audiovisivo” establishes the ‘Film and Audiovisual Fund’ aimed at funding works through tax credits, automatic contributions and selective contributions.
Automatic contributions, governed by the DM 342 of 15/07/2021 vare granted by the Ministry of Culture to film and audiovisual companies for the development, production and distribution, in Italy and abroad, of new Italian film and audiovisual works.
Funding amounts are calculated on the basis of the financial, cultural, artistic and broadcasting results with national and international audiences of film and audiovisual works produced or distributed by each beneficiary company.
The annual budget is divided up as follows:
Automatic contributions and other public support measures must not exceed 50% of the costs of the work subject to reinvestment.
This limit is raised to 60% for the works indicated in article 54(7a) of Regulation EU No. 651/2014.
The limit is further raised to 100% of total costs for:
The account opened with DG Cinema is used to deposit the amounts accrued annually on the basis of the financial, artistic and cultural results of each of the works produced or distributed by the company holding the account. The total amount deposited constitutes the potential fund of the company, on the basis of which automatic contributions are granted for the development, production and distribution in Italy and abroad of new Italian film and audiovisual works that meet the cultural eligibility requirements laid down by the law.
Contributions are paid at the request of the company and, where possible, at different stages of progress, according to technical provisions laid down in the decree issued by the Directorate-General for Cinema and Audiovisual.