Oscar-winning Italian director Gabriele Salvatores will begin principal photography February 11 on the thriller As God Commands (Come Dio Comanda), based on the eponymous best-selling book by Niccolo Ammaniti.

Maurizio Totti's Colorado Film co-produces with Rai Cinema who will distribute nationally via 01 Distribution. Totti confirmed the film's budget has risen to $8.6m (Euros 5.8m) from the originally announced $6.6m (Euros 4.5m).

Totti said As God Commands is slated for a Cannes market debut - andconfirmed he is currently negotiating world sales representation. Thefilm will wrap in April, he said.

The film focuses on an intense father-son relationship that is impacted by a homicide. Filippo Timi will star as a jobless, single father whose drinking and financial problems spark the attentions of a social worker called Trecca (Fabio de Luigi). Elio Germano plays a family friend while an unknown youth is to be cast in the role of the son.

The 10-week shoot will be shot entirely on location in the North-Eastern Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Region, which is sandwiched between the Dolomite Mountains and the Adriatic Sea.

Totti said Salvatores, (whose last Ammaniti script, the 2003 I'm not Scared was set in Sicily), was most drawn to the region for its adaptability to the script.

'Having the support of an organised film commission is almost more valuable than incentives, they allow you to optimize on many things that save money from a production standpoint,' Totti said of the film commission's scouting resources.

The Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Film Commission (FVG film commission) however, is one of the few that has instigated a film fund in Italy.

As of 2008 it offers variable cash contribution to film-maker of up to Euros 140,000. Federico Poillucci, President of the FVG Film Commission said that
while the incentives may look miniscule from the outside, the region has been transformed since the film fund was created in 2003.

'We went from a film every two years to three or four hundred production days per year,' he said.

Poillucci confirmed the annual output to run the commission cost the region $1.2m (Euros 800,000) while it earns between $5.9 and $7.4m (Euros 4-5m) annually.

Giuseppe Tornatore's film La Sconosciuta (The Unknown), a white slavery noir, was also shot in the region.