Choosing the location for your next production? Consider Tenerife and the significant tax incentives it offers
There are plenty of reasons to choose Tenerife for film production: 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, over 2,000 sq. kilometers to shoot, diverse locations, expert local crew and tax breaks for foreign and Spanish productions which have recently been increased, to name a few. Learn more about it from Concha Díaz from Tenerife Film Commission, the organisation that has hosted over 1,000 productions – from famous feature films (such as Bourne and Fast & Furious) and TV shows, to commercials for the world’s biggest brands like BMW, Sony, Nestea, and Air France, among many others.
Production Paradise: What are the new advantages for production companies shooting in Tenerife and The Canary Islands?
Concha Díaz: Tenerife is becoming even more popular because we offer one of the highest deductions for productions in Europe. A 40% tax rebate for international productions and 40-45% tax credit for Spanish productions and co-productions.
Production Paradise: Which kind of productions are eligible for these tax incentives?
Concha Díaz: Feature films, animation films, drama series and documentaries are all included. You will need a local production partner in Tenerife. You can find more information here.
Production Paradise: Why is Tenerife so attractive?
Concha Díaz: The island is incredibly versatile. It offers an unexpected variety of locations in a very small area. Plus wonderful weather all year round and excellent light quality.
Just imagine you can shoot the arrival of the Conquistadores in Latin America with a colonial backdrop like the new Spanish film Oro. Or you can recreate an imaginary world like Clash of the Titans, filmed in the Teide National Park, or another planet as in the BBC series Doctor Who. A busy city centre is no problem as featured in the last Jason Bourne movie. And if you want dramatic road action scenes like Fast & Furious 6, then Tenerife is the place for you.
Production Paradise: Are there film-friendly services?
Concha Díaz: There’s a thriving local film services industry. Tenerife has always been popular as a commercial, photo and film shooting location. Our crews are experienced due to the increasing number of national and international productions filmed on the island over the years. In fact, we have an industry directory with service production companies, actors, equipment and lighting hire, drone operators, camera rental and so on and it’s growing every month.
Of course, Tenerife Film Commission is always there to help you, so please feel free to contact us.