Incentives Boost Film Industry

In 2013 $23 million has been invested in foreign productions in Panama, considerably more than the average of between $2 and $3 million in previous years.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The increase was reported by the Director General of the Panamanian Film Industry, Arianne Benedetti.

Variety magazine, on its website, claimed part of the growth is due to Law No 16, of April 2012, which grants tax benefits to film and television productions in the country, adding that it "motivated the interest of the participants during the San Sebastian International Festival held ​​in Spain ".

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The Panama Film Law

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