SPAIN FILM COMMISSION CONTINUES PROMOTING AN AUDIOVISUAL HUB IN SPAIN
Carlos Rosado, president of Spain Film Commission, Óscar Puente, mayor of Valladolid and James Costos, SFC Honorary Ambassador, met yesterday with Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, and with the Director of Cultural Industries and Cooperation, Adriana Moscoso, to analyze the opportunities of audiovisual industry in Spain.
In order to promote the creation of an Audiovisual Hub in Spain by SFC, the meeting took place at the headquarters of the Ministry, on Monday, January 27th, 2020. Last March, the Ministry of Tourism signed with Spain Film Commission and Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) an Intentions Protocol aimed at promoting the audiovisual industry and cinema tourism in Spain. This protocol includes structural actions to support the generation of new tourism products, services and foreign promotion.
In words of Reyes Maroto “Spanish audiovisual industry is in good health. We want to continue promoting our country in content production, which reports important benefits for our external reputation in this area, as well as for the domestic economy and tourism in the territories that host these productions. It is about making visible in other countries our potential as a location for shooting films or international series produced by large platforms, as well as promote their potential as a source of activity, business and employment ”.
"The audiovisual hub covers two areas: a common strategy for Spanish audiovisual sector and a new legislation in line with that strategic horizon" said Carlos Rosado. "The future hub should bring together RTVE (Spanish Public TV) that already develops an institutional role within audiovisual industry; and the entire value chain of film industry, private televisions, and Spanish and foreign private platforms. Within this puzzle there are two sectors with enormous potential, such as VFX, (visual effects also called special effects) and the animation sector; and, last but not least, the Spain Film Commission network as a development platform for shooting in Spain, which has a wide network of regional and local offices, "added Rosado.
"The atmosphere is very favorable and we are in a brilliant moment for audiovisual, it is necessary to pay attention to Brexit, which will end up changing relations between Europe and Great Britain," said the president of SFC.
In this context, last November, the first Shooting in Spain meeting was held in Los Angeles, organized by James Costos and Spain Film Commission to spread the advantages of shooting in Spain among US producers and platforms. Spanish businessmen and Spanish film commissions managers attended to the meeting. The second gathering will take place in Madrid during the first semester and will contribute to take action for the launch of Spain Audiovisual Hub.
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