12 productions were chosen in the first edition of Buenos Aires’ rebate program.
Impulso Cultural, the platform of the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, announced the selected projects of BA Cash Rebate, the initiative of Buenos Aires Film Commission (BAFC) that provides a return of 20% of the eligible expenses to national productions with international investment.
BA Cash Rebate was presented to the local audiovisual industry in May 2022 at the Colón Theatre, and internationally at Iberseries & Platino Industria (Spain) in September. BAFC organized working sessions with members of producing companies and OTT platforms to introduce the details of the rebate program.
There was an open call throughout October that was aimed to fiction feature films and fiction series projects, in the stage of pre-production, shooting, or post-production. They ought to have at least four days of shooting in Buenos Aires. There were more than 30 projects submitted in the first open call.
We are very proud to announce the twelve selected projects that will boost the audiovisual industry of Argentina through BA Cash Rebate. It was the result of a huge amount of work made by the Buenos Aires Film Commission, with the goal of consolidating Buenos Aires as a big audiovisual hub in Latin America. I would like to thank the 34 projects that applied for the call, it was a challenge for the jurors to evaluate and choose between them.
The selected projects were announced with an event at the Fernández Blanco museum, where Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires), Fernando Straface (General Secretary and International Relations), José Luis Giusti (Minister of Economic Development and Production), Enrique Avogadro (Minister of Culture) and Mora Scillamá (General Director of Cultural and Creative Development) attended.
BA Cash Rebate’s first edition represents an incentive of 770 million Argentine pesos, with an estimated impact on more than 1400 jobs in the audiovisual and related industries (such as tourism, food and hotel vendors), and over 130 foreign professionals that would travel to Buenos Aires to work.
Besides this employment boost, the initiative promotes the international visibility of Buenos Aires by attracting tourists from different parts of the world. The selected ones are high-reach productions that will be exhibited in between 20 and 100 countries, depending on the case. Companies like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Wanda Pictures (one of the main companies of the Asian market), Infinity Hill (Argentina, 1985, Staged), Hop Skip & Jump, Gloriamundi (Limbo, Entrelazados), and Buena Vista International are some of the co-producers, distributors and OTT platforms involved in the projects. They also include some outstanding talent, with figures such as Joaquín Furriel (El Reino, El Jardín de Bronce), Adrián Suar (Un Novio para mi Mujer, El Fútbol o Yo), among others.
- El Eternauta, produced by K&S Films (series)
- El Jockey, produced by Rei Cine (feature film)
- The Martyrs, produced by GM Comunicación (feature film)
- Jaque Mate, produced by Patagonik (feature film)
- What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, produced by Non Stop (series)
- El olor a pasto recién cortado, produced by Tresmilmundos Cine (feature film)
- Descansar en paz, produced by Kenya Films (feature film)
- Elena sabe, produced by Haddock Films (feature film)
- El Periodista, produced by Pampa Films (series)
- Tatuada, produced by Kapow (series)
- Sé tú misma, produced by FAM Contenidos (series)
- Operación Relleno, produced by Habitación 1520 (feature film)