Leading Portuguese private broadcaster SIC (Sociedad Independente de Comunicao) has unveiled the remaining seven projects on its debut film production slate of 10 made-for-TV movies.
The slate, which nearly doubles Portugal's annual feature film output, was launched in 1999 under the banner SIC Filmes, in association with the national cinema institute ICAM. The first three films on the slate - I Love You Teresa, Monsanto and Knives And Angels - cornered at least a 50% market share when broadcast by SIC in Portugal earlier this year.
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The movies, which have average budgets of ESC80-90m, less than half the feature film average for Portugal, aim to encourage first-time writers and directors. The slate capitalises on corporate sponsorship and product placements, an important element in a country where private investment in film is virtually nil. SIC has already signed on telecoms start-up Oni as a "prestige sponsor" for the first six films.
According to SIC deputy director of programming Manuel Fonseca, talks are underway for at least one of the titles to premiere in theatres. Distributor-exhibitor Lusomundo is a likely candidate to distribute the film.
Fonseca also revealed that local sales outfit NBP will handle international sales on the slate of TV movies, which make their market debut at next week's MIP. The first completed picture, I Love You Teresa, has already sold to Spain's TV Galicia.