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Luckymatrix is coming this month to the Berlinale and the EFM with feature movies projects written by Award-Winning writers and directors: "Silk Road" and "All in a row" playwright Alex Oates and "Landscapes in Times of Treason" and web series "Das Apartment" Portugese director Reinaldo Pinto Almeida. Come to meet us to discuss development, coproduction, financing and the portuguese cash-rebate. We are here to talk with you and make movies. Get in touch.

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We are fervent european and happy to be the producer of Bridges, a call to join the #DanceforEurope initiative. We are providing production, post-production and digital services accross the entire project. Dancer/choreorapher Esther Huss and musician a Katie Doherty are making a European Dance Film, by asking people from every European country to perform the same simple dance. And already from Sweden to Germany, Newcastle to Setúbal, people are sending their #DanceforEurope movies. Katie Doherty’s MBF winning song ‘Bridges’, that forms the soundtrack for the film, was released in 2007. “Bridges is a song very close to my heart. As a song writer, there is nothing better than when somebody finds their own meaning in your work and when Esther came to me with the idea I thought it sounded like a perfect opportunity to ignite a new meaning in the song” says Katie. Esther Huss adds "I wasn’t sure if everybody would be up for it” says Esther “but as soon as we explained the video was about people in Europe and would be shown in Britain they were happy to help. Movement is such an integral part of our daily life. It has the potential to connect people easily and this project is living proof of that". A night for Europe Film launch with Esther Huss and Katie Doherty and the Navigators at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle, 4th December 2019 Check online for tickets and details , follow Esther on twitter and instagram for updates.

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Based in Berlin and Lisbon, Reinaldo is a Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF alumnus, the director of the cosmopolitan and comedic webseries Das Apartment (two seasons) and the short drama Landscapes in Times of Treason. “I am very happy to work with producers Mayerly Marquez Ramirez and Phil Ox from Luckymatrix on my film A Citroen in the Desert, where I will dive into some lesser-known realities of my generation in and outside of Portugal," says Reinaldo Almeida. “We are always looking to produce emerging filmmakers. Reinaldo has style and substance, he is an unmissable talent,” adds Phil Ox.
A produtora de cinema, televisão e obras digitais, Luckymatrix, sediada em Lisboa, acaba de assinalar o desenvolvimento da primeira longa metragem do realizador português, Reinaldo Pinto Almeida, com o título Um Citroen no Deserto.
Dividindo projetos entre Berlim e Lisboa, Reinaldo obteve o seu mestrado na Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, e realizou a série web, cómica e cosmopolita “Das Apartment” (duas temporadas) e mais recentemente a curta metragem “Landscapes in Times of Treason”. "Estou muito feliz por trabalhar com Mayerly Marquez Ramirez e Phil Ox, produtores da Luckymatrix, no meu filme Um Citroen no Deserto, onde irei explorar realidades menos expostas da minha geração dentro e fora de Portugal.” Comenta Reinaldo Almeida. “Estamos sempre querendo produzir cineastas emergentes, Reinaldo tem estilo e substância, e é um talento a não perder” adiciona Phil Ox.


A new contemporary dance film about 'breaking free from social apathy'. Esther choreographed in my silence in response to a piece of music by Tomas Rosberg, an Indie rock musician from Argentina, in her new home of Northumberland. She then filmed it over one week on location in Setubal with the help of film production company Luckymatrix. Watch it now and visit micro site#inmysilence.

Much awaited details regarding the scouting subsidies for foreign producers include the fact that they apply to the Recce/Scouting of a Director, Producer, DOP and Location Manager coming to Portugal and the local production team facilitating. They cover costs up to 15,000 Euros. Demand must be submited at least 20 days ahead by a portuguese producer registered with ICA. Luckymatrix can help you navigate the administrative complexities. Just get in touch.


Although the weather was not quite with us, FEST in the seaside city of Espinho was, for a few days, the centre of film creativity and an international hub for aspiring directors and their feature movies in need of co-production partners. Also interesting was a series of lectures and debrief on collaborations and coproductions contracts by lawyer Jennifer Parker ; the agent/actor dynamic by talent agent Steve Cash and colour grading and the postproduction workflow by the expert team of Halo, David Turner and Ross Baker.

Previously at the Creative Europe Desk Portugal, Manuel Claro is now the Film Commissioner of the newly created Portugal Film Commission (PFC). The PFC mission will be to facilitate and expedite the process of getting filming permission for feature movies and television production made in Portugal. It will coordinate its action with local, regional, national authorities, public services and public bodies. The PFC Executive Director is Inês Queiroz, previously at the Ministry of Tourism, she has worked in publishing, has been a journalist and a press officer.


Film and Television producer Phil Ox and chief editor Mayerly Marquez Ramirez are flying to the 72nd Festival de Cannes (14-25 May 2019) to meet talents, producers, distributors from accross the world and scout for new international coproduction projects. "Luckymatrix can facilitate financing through the portugese cash rebate (see our reports bellow). Portugal offers some of the most beautiful locations on earth. We have extensive experience of shooting and post-production. We speak many languages. Come talk to us, we'll be easily contactable at the Media/European Pavilion", says Phil Ox, who has been a producer for Canal+, Viacom and the BBC. Luckymatrix co-founder and chief editor Mayerly Marquez Ramirez adds:"any production money spent in Portugal will give you back 25 to 30% cash rebate paid up-front, our crew costs are very competitive, equipment and post production are state-of-the-art and we have 300 days of sunshine!".

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ICA announces that the scouting incentive will be at last operational 2019. A new decree regulating the scouting incentive and other details of the cash rebate has been published 28th of september, signaling the possibilities of an incentive covering foreign productions travel costs and other services associated with "scouting" and feasibility study. But application for the scouting through the ICA web site is not yet in place and won't be until next year

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25 to 30% of your production costs reimbursed up front: this is the brand new portugese cash rebate, the most promising Film and TV incentive in Europe. The decree-law No.45/2018 has just been published, and here are the details:

The Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual (ICA) is a Portuguese government agency whose mission is to promote and support the development of the country’s film and audiovisual industry. ICA manages film and television industry subsidies and PICPORTUGAL, the new cash rebate scheme underwritten by the national tourism board, Turismo de Portugal, and the ICA.
Between 30 and 50 million Euros have been allocated by the decree-law n°45/2018 coming into force on June 20th, 2018, with 10 million immediately available for film and television production in 2018.
The objective of the fund is to promote both Portugal as an all-year round tourist destination and one of the the best place in Europe to make international film and television projects.
The gateway to the cash incentive is a partnership (co-production, line production, post-production services) with a portuguese company registered with the ICA. Projects are submitted to ICA by the portuguese company.
The cash rebate is a 25 to 30% reimbursement of portuguese production expenditures, including portuguese development costs and post-production costs.
This rebate is paid up front, in installments.
The percentage of the rebate is determined through a cultural test and review of the characteristics of the project and its economic impact.


It is available for feature movies, television fiction and animation projects spending in Portugal a minimum amount of €500,000.00(about $600K)
to documentaries and post-production work starting at €250,000.00(about $300k).


The cash rebates is capped at €4 M (about $5M) per project.
Projects submitted for appreciation will be notified of a final binding decision of approval within 30 days, upon which, cash rebate instalments will be made available.

Eligible costs: all production-related expenses are a priori eligible. From crew and studio hire to hotels, accounting, etc.
In the case of the feature movies, eligible expenditures should fall within the following budget lines:
Above-the-line: copyright and royalties; producer fees; director fees; main actors.
Bellow-the-line: technical team; artistic team; social charges; travel, stays and transportation; scenography; technical means; image and sound supports; image laboratory; film editing; miscellaneous production expenditure; insurance and miscellaneous; production overhead.

Crew and companies should be subject to tax liability in Portugal to qualify as eligible costs. Companies that provide the service must be Portuguese and registered with the portuguese tax office. Crew should have Portuguese tax residence and fiscal ID number.
Foreign cast and crew could choose to be paid and taxed in Portugal, if their country of tax residence has a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) with Portugal: a flat rate income tax of 25% applies for non-residents. These salaries will be considered eligible for the cash rebate.

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