To film in Canary Islands

ADVANTAGES OF FILMING IN THE CANARY ISLANDS

The Canary Islands are since several years one of the favorite settings chosen by producers and directors from all over the world in order to shoot their films.

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Studio Indie is member of Tenerife Film Commission from February, 2016. In his directory you can find the advantages of shooting in Canary Islands and the services that we offer.
You can consult the information in:
Film Commission Tenerife

 

LOCATIONS: URBAN, NATURAL, INDOOR AND OUTDOOR

In The Canary Islands you will find vast landscape diversity: beaches, deserts and volcanic landscape (the origin of the seven islands is volcanic), colonial towns and urban center with modern architecture. In addition, there is vast biological diversity that joined with the privileged weather offers a large landscape and geological beauty with four national parks, several UNESCO biosphere reserves and places declared to be World Heritage Sites.

PROFESSIONALS AND TEAMS, TALENT AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

We count on a great net of professionals with talent and experience. You can find all you need to your project: producers, service producers, audiovisual equipment renting, catering, sets, actors and models, consultancy, security, the best restoration offer…

TURISM AND RESTORATION

With an excellent hotel and services infrastructure and more than 75.000 beds in establishments of three, four and five stars, The Canary Islands is one of the most touristic destination in the world. That guarantees the most demanding and quality infrastructure with the best hotels of Europe. This hotel offer is joined by a gastronomy offer that combines the traditional style with all kind of restaurants. Regarding the leisure offer there are vast variety of establishments for this in each one of the island.

RATE AND PRICES

Tax benefits

The Canary Islands offer different option in order to take advantage of its tax benefits. If you are a foreign producer and you film here, you can choose a 35% of “tax rebate”. You must invest one million euros in The Canary Islands and hire a local producer.

In the case that the production is Spanish and it has the Canary Audiovisual Work certificate, you can invest RIC (Reserve for Investments in the Canary Islands) in the production and subtract the 38-40% in the Spanish Corporate Tax, instead of the national 18-20%.

Don’t you forget that you can establish your producer in the ZEC space (Special Canary Space), where you will pay tax rates of the 4%, when the rest of the Spanish territory is applied the 28%.

The approval of the new Economic and Fiscal Regime of the Canary Islands (REF) (1), that came into effect the first of January of 2015, have an impact on the tax benefits of the audiovisual productions made in the archipelago. A circumstance that consolidates Tenerife as one of the best places in Europe to have shots, because of its economic benefits, its weather, its natural conditions, landscape diversity and a solid audiovisual sector with qualified professionals and teams with experience to deal with any need.

The Canary REF increases by 20 percentage points the tax deduction of the Spanish Corporate Tax Law (2) to audiovisual productions and an 80% the limits. Therefore, in The Canary Islands the incentive for Spanish productions become the 18-20% per investment with a limit of 3 million euros or the 38-40% of deduction with limit of 5,4 million euros. The incentive to foreign productions that was fixed in a 15% of direct deduction with a limit of 2,5 million euros of deduction; in The Canary Islands is fixed in a 35% of deduction with a limit of 4,5 millions of reimbursement.

(1) Spanish Royal Decree Law 15/2014, 19 of December, the modification of The Economic and Fiscal Regime of The Canary Islands
(2) Spanish Law 27/2014, 27 of November, of the Corporate Tax Law

MEANINGFUL DATA

The Canary Islands are members of the European Union

POPULATION

Its population is approximately 2.130.000 people, equitably distributed between men and women.

There are urban spaces with high population density and the population average is 286 people per km2.

CAPITALS

The Canary Islands is and archipelago of the Atlantic sea that constitute one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities and are among the outermost regions (OMR) of the European Union.

The main islands are (from largest to smallest) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro and the territory of the Chinijo archipelago and the Lobos Island.

The archipelago is located just in front of the northwest coast of Africa, only 95 kilometers (62 miles) from the African coast and 1010 from the European continent.

The capital of the Autonomous Community is shared by the cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

CURRENCY

The currency is the euro, as in the rest of Spain.

TIME ZONE

The Canary Islands uses during boreal winter the Western European Time (WET or UTC) and during the boreal summer the Western European Summer Time (WET or UTC+1), with an hour apart the rest of Spain, which uses respectively CET/ UTC+1 and CEST/UTC+2

WEATHER

The climate is subtropical, although it varies locally regarding the altitude and the north or south side. It has a temperature average of 22-23ºC (71 F). There are 3.000 hours of sun per year and a perfect light quality and highly stable climate conditions. Because of its low rainfall, the islands are perfect for shooting outdoors.

RELIGION and ETHNICITY

As the same of the rest of Spain, the Canary Society is mainly Christian and principally catholic.

There is a high presence of foreign people in the Islands, and a part of the population has Berber ancestry.

INTERNET AND COMMUNICATIONS

The presence of the Internet in the Canary society has experienced a boom in the latest years. Not surprisingly, the Archipelago is nowadays the second autonomous community that daily uses Internet, with an 81% of the people that has connected in the last three months.

There are several phone operators in the country and there is Wi-Fi in the main places.

TRANSPORT

There are two international airports in the Islands. They operate daily flights that last just two hours and a half to Madrid and to four of the main European capitals.

In order to move around the island there are several options of public transport, like taxis, buses or trams, and renting cars that will adapt your needs.

Internal communications are by road. Grand Canaria and Tenerife have a system of highways and motorways. There are two sections of motorways in Lanzarote and the highway of Fuerteventura is under construction. There aren’t railways in the Islands except the Tram of Tenerife.

Among the Islands you can travel by plane. There are regular flights operated by the companies Binter Canarias and Canary Fly, as well as the Ferry shipping lines, fast ferry or catamaran, from the companies Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas.

In the other hand, the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is important too, it is an essential base where tourist cruises arrive and leave. It is also more important than the other ports in the Canary Islands refer to passenger traffic and bulk goods. It is an elementary point in the transport of passenger among the islands.

From the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe the daily plane and the charter. There are also shipping lines with weekly frecuency to Cadiz, Funchal and Huelva. The Canary Islands are the autonomous community with more airports (eight) openned to the civil commercial traffic. Some of them are the Gran Canaria Airport, Tenerife South Airport, Lanzarote Airport and Tenerfie North Airport. Totally, The Canary Islands record a movement of 16.874.532 input passengers throught its eight airports.