Spain Film Commission presents Spain's first studio and set platform at an event organized by Variety at the Marché du Film in Cannes
This database gathers facilities from all over the country, constituting an agile tool for producers and professionals of the international filming industry.
The initiative was presented at a meeting organized by Variety at the North American pavilion in Cannes. John Hopewell, the magazine's international editor and a journalist with extensive knowledge of the Spanish audiovisual industry, and Juan Manuel Guimerans, Secretary General of the Spain Film Commission, shared with the audience some of the key factors that make Spain a preferred destination for global filming.
John Hopewell, pointed out that "for some time now it has been observed that in the rankings of the most watched films and series on platforms such as Netflix, 7 out of 20 audiovisual works have been shot in Spain. The increase in tax incentives has been a key factor in the country's current positioning".
Juan Manuel Guimerans has described the characteristics of the platform and stated that "gathering this data on infrastructure and services to production, is part of SFC's strategy to boost the business fabric of the filming industry that includes, in addition to production, the post-production of content in the country."
To catalog these spaces, various parameters have been taken into account, such as architecture, size, soundproofing, acoustics, structures, technical means, facilities and auxiliary services. As a result, more than 170 sets with a total of 207 thousand square meters have been identified.
In addition to the web platform, a mobile application has been developed to facilitate access to information through the use of filters and various search parameters.
UPCOMING PROJECTS IN SPAIN
Several set expansion and construction projects are underway in Spain. The Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya in Terrassa plans to expand its facilities by 6,000 square meters, with the construction of sets of between 1,500 and 2,500 square meters. This project is part of Catalunya Media City, which seeks to increase the supply of filming locations in the country. The studio is expected to be developed this year and ready for use in 2024.
In Guadalajara, on the other hand, the Castilla-La Mancha Film City is planned, which will be located in the Fort of San Francisco and will become one of the most important film studios in Europe.
In Marratxí, new film studios will be built to house the first floodable set in Mallorca.
In Bilbao, a "film city" is planned for Punta Zorroza with a large film set. Finally, in Galicia, a giant film and television studio is being promoted in the ICT City, with a state-of-the-art virtual set and a wide range of additional facilities.
SFC's activities in Cannes are part of the action plan that the entity has been developing to help consolidate the Spanish Audiovisual Hub, one of our economic reactivation engines launched by the Government of Spain. The plan, led by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation and articulated by the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure, includes public investments and reforms to achieve a significant boost to the entire value chain of the audiovisual industry based on Spain's strengths: a solvent audiovisual industry, talented and prestigious professionals, a creative capacity recognized worldwide and a comparative advantage in the growing global market for audiovisual production in Spanish.
About Spain Film Commission
Spain Film Commission is a non-profit Spanish audiovisual instrumental entity that since 2001 has been leading the positioning of the country as a destination for audiovisual shoots, coordinating the efforts of a wide network of film commissions and film offices distributed throughout Spain. The entity is one of the founders of the European Film Commission Network [EUFCN] member of the Association of Film Commissioners International [AFCI] and actively collaborates with the Government of Spain, territorial institutions and film production companies to grow and consolidate the audiovisual activity.