The Canary Islands hosted last year 71 filming that left 60 million in the islands
Among them, important international productions such as "Rambo" or "Wonder Woman" stand out, national productions such as "4 latas", "Durante la Tormenta" or "Paradise Hill", or series such as "Hierro", shot entirely on that island, remarked the representative of the Government of the Canary Islands in this sector Natacha Mora.
The audiovisual shoots not only generated more than 60 million euros in the Canarian economy, but also made possible about 2,000 direct hiring of local professionals.
Since the new fiscal incentive framework was approved in 2015 to attract this type of projects to the islands, international audiovisual productions have generated an impact of 80 million euros in the Canary Islands, if only projects involving members of the Canary Islands are counted. the association of Spanish audiovisual production companies abroad, Profilm.
In 2019, the trend is similar and so far this year, Canarias has been chosen for the filming of six feature films and five TV series, among which the Netflix series "The Witcher" or the feature film "Wasp Network" with Penelope Cruz.
Also, in the coming days will be signed an overproduction of a very important study, which will be shot in October and November on three islands, announced the spokesperson Profilm Yanira de Armas, who has not wanted to reveal more details about it.
The Canary Islands has already hosted in its territory blockbusters such as "Han Solo. A Star Wars Story », by Ron Howard (Disney-Lucas Films); «Allies», by Robert Zemeckis (Paramount); «Jason Bourne», by Paul Greengrass (Universal Pictures); «In the heart of the sea», by Ron Howard (Warner Bros); "Fast & Furious 6", by Justin Lin (Universal Pictures), "Wrath of the Titans" and "Clash of the Titans" by Johanathan Liesbesman and Louis Leterrier (Warner Bros.); or "Exodus: Gods and Kings" by Ridley Scott (20th Century Fox).
The acting president of the Canary Government, Fernando Clavijo, stressed that the film industry has great potential in the islands, as a result of the work jointly carried out by the regional government, the island councils, through its Film Commissions, the Special Zone Canaria and the local private sector.
This coordination has made it possible to advance considerably, through a common strategy that has been developed for four years and which also includes ongoing efforts to promote the archipelago in markets and professional fairs nationwide and internationally.
In order to attract more productions, Canary Islands Film and Profilm have signed an agreement on Wednesday to promote the internationalization of the sector in the islands.
The agreement allows working jointly with the association that serves as interlocutor before the public institutions (Tax Agency, ICAA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, etc), in order to improve the current conditions for the Spanish territory to be more competitive.
This is of particular interest to the Canary Islands because their tax advantages are 20 points higher than the rest of the country's communities.
This agreement is in addition to those already signed with the Spain Film Commission, in which Canary Islands Film holds the vice presidency, and with the International Association of Cine Regio and the European Film Commission Network.
The representative of the producer Nostromo Pictures, Adrián Guerra, has indicated that most of the shootings made in the Canary Islands are natural landscapes, because there are no studies and sets for the interiors.
With regard to tax incentives, producers consider that certain aspects should be improved in order to give more security to investors and definitively consolidate this industry.
The demands in this sense are related to the extension of the limitation of the amount invested at the time of applying the tax discounts, and the need to establish a single window to centralize all requests for the refund of the tax incentive.
They also ask for the creation of a specific window for obtaining visas with a quick management system for filming and the creation of training modules in regulated education related to the different professional disciplines that includes the audiovisual industry.