The Canary Islands go from strength to strength as a film and TV location
A total of 30 film productions were shot in the Canary Islands bringing 30 million Euros and creating more than 1,085 jobs in 2017.
The councillor for Tourism, Culture and Sport of the Government of the Canary Islands, Isaac Castellano, stated at a press conference that the good results are the product of institutional collaboration. The coordinator of Canary Islands Film, Natacha Mora, highlighted the work carried out by the Government of the Canary Islands since 2015 to encourage the collaboration between different administrations in order to attract more film shoots.
She also underlined the work of the Government of the Canary Islands together with the Island Cabildos through their Film Commissions, the ZEC (Canaries Special Zone) and the local private sector in order to follow a common strategy that allows to meet the many demands of this sector plus the promotion of the islands in professional markets and trade fairs, both nationally and internationally.
Of the 32 shoots this year, there are 18 feature Films, 7 TV series and 7 documentaries. Most of them, (20) are Spanish productions and 12 are foreign (including Han Solo-Star War and The Man who killed Don Quixote). TV series include the Spanish Tiempos de Guerra and the British Black Mirror.
Films were shot on location on one or several of the following islands: Fuerteventura (4), Tenerife (10), Gran Canaria (10), Lanzarote (2), La Palma (5) and El Hierro (1). Of the 32 production, 14 benefited from the tax incentives. The number of productions in 2017 trebles that of 2013, which totalled 10 shoots, while there were 15 in 2014, and 19 in 2015. In 2016 we reached 22 productions.
Regarding direct job creation, a total of 1,085 local professionals were hired according to Government figures, in addition to extras and suppliers.