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Take 1: Contact the Country's Film Authority

To begin exploring the possibilities that Mexico offers to your film or audio-visual project, we recommend to familiarize yourself with the providers of the audio-visual industry in Mexico and to establish contact with the country's film authority and the government agency that will service your production.

Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE)

Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE)

Created in 1983, the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) is the government authority in charge of the development of the national film industry. Its mission is to boost the domestic production and gradually expanding to the audio-visual sectors through its incentives programs and the overall promotion of the industry and film culture. IMCINE is in charge of the management of all the coproduction agreements and schemes.

Contact: www.imcine.gob.mx

Mexican Film Commission (COMEFILM)

Mexican Film Commission (COMEFILM)

Based at the IMCINE headquarters, the Mexican Film Commission (COMEFILM) offers the film and audio-visual production community of Mexico and the world an integral information resource to shoot in our country: industry professionals network , institutional contacts, specialized guides for the producer and easy access to the full array of resources that will help to make the cinematic dreams of any production a reality. If you are thinking of exploring Mexico as a film destination be sure to establish early contact with the COMEFILM. This specialized service agency will be able to issue a letter of support to the production company and will connect you with a Mexican production manager or line producer suitable for your production.

Registry and Issuance of Letter of Support to the Production: upon formally registering your production with COMEFILM, the Film Commission will accredit your production project by issuing a letter of support that recognizes and certifies your production as a company doing film/audio-visual production-related activities in Mexico. This document is indispensable to obtain the institutional support that will facilitate film permit-processing with the appropriate government agencies.

Work with a Mexican Production Manager: Hiring a Mexican production manager or line producer to work from day one with an experienced professional, who is well-connected with the industry in Mexico, will help you to budget your project in the country, and plan the principal photography strategy and logistics. All government permit processing must be done in Spanish and your production manager will be your agent to resolve and facilitate paperwork with diverse government agencies. COMEFILM provides consultancy in the selection of a production manager best suited for your production based on his/her résumé and experience.

Contact: www.comefilm.gob.mx