BLS considers itself a mediator between the Italian- and German-language film and television industries. Both its geographical location, and the bilingualism of the residents of South Tyrol helps to build intercultural bridges between the two countries.

BLS facilitates and supports interregional and international cooperation within film productions. They offer the competences and knowledge of the Italian- and German speaking markets that their contacts are in need of.

BLS FILM FUND is the central contact in all areas of film funding in the northernmost Italian province. Since 2010, they have administered the funds made available by the state of South Tyrol for economically oriented film funding.

BLS supports film and television projects of all genres in the form of grants. BLS furthermore has particular focus on co-productions between the Italian and German-speaking markets. It it possible for productions to receive both developmental- and production support. BLS supports documentaries, television films and series, and theatrical features.

Support is granted independently of the location of the production company submitting the application. BLS evaluates the submitted funding applications solely on cultural and economic criteria. BLS takes into special consideration planned investments in South Tyrol which contributes to the strengthening and further development of the region as a media location.

For production funding, BLS calculates an economic territorial effect of 150% in reference to the corresponding funding amount. Exceptions are made for projects with a strong reference to South Tyrol. BLS has a goal of supporting around 20 projects per year.

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Cine-Regio representative Mrs. Renate Ranzi

Renate Ranzi has been the Head of the Film Commission and Location Development at IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige since May 2017. She is responsible for the development of South Tyrol as a Film Location. Renate Ranzi graduated in International Development the University of Vienna (AT) and the Université de Genève (CH), specializing in Human Rights and Migration.
Having always kept Photography and Art as her passion, she continued her education at the Friedl Kubelka Photogaphy School and the Fine Arts Academy in Vienna. Renate Ranzi worked with several Film Productions in the Production and Scenography Department. She started working at IDM Südtirol Alto Adige in Spring 2016 contributing since than to the sustainable development of the local film and creative industry.


Cine-Regio representative - Mrs. Birgit Oberkopfler

Birgit Oberkofler has been the Head of Film Funding and Promotion & Industry Platforms at IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy, since May 2017. She manages a film fund endowed with five million euros a year and is responsible for promoting South Tyrol as a film location. Birgit started her career in PR and marketing at the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano, South Tyrol, in 2006. She subsequently spent several years working for Business Location Südtirol (BLS), first as a marketing and PR manager for Germany and then as a film location development manager and film funding consultant.

Birgit studied tourism management at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and the Università degli Studi dell’Insubria in Como, Italy, from 2002 to 2006. During this time, she completed an internship for the Italian State Tourist Board in Sydney, Australia. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), Austria. She studied at Boston College in the US and Cranfield University in the UK as part of her MBA programme and was awarded two scholarships in recognition of her achievements.



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