MALCOSSE, Portugal – In the heart of Portugal, an old studio equipment factory is set to become a production studio.
It is a small but highly popular area with a reputation for producing a range of films.
The local cinema company, Malcosse, is building a new production studio there and is looking for people to help run it.
The studio will be the latest addition to a growing network of studios that already produce films for international markets and have studios around the world.
Malcossse CEO, Maria Rosa, said the company had been producing films in Malcosses home studio in Maliosse, a small town in southern Portugal, since 2006.
“We were doing it in Malcese as a way of doing a small contribution towards the local community, to make it sustainable,” Ms Rosa said.
“It was also a way for us to stay active, as we don’t have a lot of time and energy to get together in Malcomsse to make films,” she said.
One of the reasons for Malcoses success is the studio’s small size.
It is a two-storey structure that has four separate studios that work as a unit.
“This is not a big studio, but it is a studio that can do everything that we do in a studio, which means the production of a film, which is what we are doing,” Ms Ramos said.
The company is not only producing films for the international market but also for Portuguese films in the domestic market.
“We have made films for some of the major European productions, like a film by Quentin Tarantino, for example, and it’s been a good fit for us,” Ms Maria Rosa said, adding that Malcosese films had been screened at film festivals in Portugal, Belgium, France, Spain, and Germany.
“There is no doubt that MalCosses films have become a success, but we also know that this success is a consequence of the local culture, and of the talent that we have,” Ms Ramirez said.
In recent years, Ms Ramos has invested in expanding her production company’s international footprint, which has expanded to include film festivals around the globe.
“In addition to that, we have also developed a new service for film studios around Europe, so that we can distribute films in Portugal,” Ms Ramos said.
Ms Ramos said her company’s new service was being launched in Portugal as part of a broader plan to improve local film production and the local film industry.
“If we continue to improve the production and distribution of films in this region, then we can be part of that future of production and film in Portugal.”
The Malcosesian project has attracted interest from film makers and filmmakers around the country, including filmmaker Pedro de la Vega.
“I am very excited by the project,” he said.
Mr de la Vicena, who is based in Portugal’s northern region of Alagoas, has filmed a number of productions with Malcos.
He said he had been interested in working with the Malcos studio as it was “a very small and independent film studio that has a great relationship with local artists and filmmakers”.
Mr de La Vicena said he was looking forward to meeting Ms Ramos.
“I have always wanted to do a film together, I love the community that Mal Cosse has built, the work that they are doing, and I’m very much looking forward working with this team, because they have made such a difference in my life,” he told RTE.