Apulia Film Commission (AFC) was born in 2007 and aims to attract audiovisual production companies by providing subsidies to lower the costs of preparation, production and post-production of the projects shot in Puglia-Italy. Since 2014, Albania, represented by the Ministry of Culture and the Albanian National Center of Cinematography has signed a co-operation agreement with the Apulia Film Commission. The first project where Albania became eligible for the AFC funds, was Project Memoria which resulted in a coproduction grant for 3 Albanian producers.
Apulia Film Commission
The Apulia Film Commission Foundation, set up under regional legislation, was established in 2007with the aim of attracting audiovisual production companies to the area through the good value of its facilities, the professionalism of its skilled personnel and the lowering of costs for travel, cast, crew and location scouting in the region.
It has four funds: Apulia National and International Film Fund, Apulia Regional Film Fund, Apulia Hospitality Fund, Apulia Development Fund, for a total endowment of € 3,5 million euros in 2014.
Until now AFC has financed 163 productions and produced 14 shorts and documentaries, which have been premiered and awarded at international festivals. 57 out of the financed productions are feature films and 20 are international.
AFC provides a variety of free services to solve logistical problems. It has a headquarter in Bari – the Cineport Hub – and two local offices: the Cineport Hubs in Lecce and Foggia.
The Cineport Hub in Bari covers an area of 1,200 m2 at the Fiera del Levante
trade fair complex and boasts audiovisual production offices, casting rooms, make-up and hairdressing studios, a costume department, a props and 185 scenery storage area and workshop and a 95-seater full HD Dolby Surround cinema.
The Lecce Cineport hub is set in 500 m2 with parking facilities for production vehicles and areas for exhibitions.
The Foggia Cineport Hub is a 3,000 m2 multi-purpose structure, with a fully-equipped 400 m2 TV studio, a production booth, 4 editing rooms, 2 soundproof rooms, meeting rooms tailored for workshops and teaching activities, a dressing room, a reception room with check point, an 80-seater cine-forum area with widescreen facilities and a scenery and equipment deposit. It also has a courtyard which can be used as a parking facility for film production vehicles.