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Uruguay launches pilot filming incentive

MontevideoAuthorities in Uruguay in South America have launched a new pilot filming incentive worth up to 25% of eligible local spending.

Available for all audiovisual productions apart from commercials, the support will be made available in March and will be reassessed in 18 months, according to a Variety report. 

Producers will need to spend over $1m to qualify for the incentive and per-production payments will be capped at $400,000.

The new programme complements an existing 22% discount on expenses incurred through co-production filming.

Uruguay is known for its acclaimed filmmakers – Fede Alvarez is one individual who has established a Hollywood career and most recently directed The Girl in the Spider’s Web – but the country’s production industry is in need of greater domestic support. 

The new incentive could help Uruguayan capital Montevideo compete with regional production hub Buenos Aires. Argentina’s capital, just 170 miles away, is firmly established as a cost-effective stand-in for European cities, particularly for commercial campaigns. 

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Uruguay.

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