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exceptional locations and generous tax incentives (a 35% tax rebate on audiovisual projects) are only a four-hour flight away

The fifth instalment in the Bourne series is being filmed in Tenerife, using Santa Cruz de Tenerife – the island’s capital – to represent Athens. The highly renowned thriller series, starring Matt Damon, is by no means the first Hollywood blockbuster to have used Tenerife as a filming location.

Other notable films to have used Tenerife’s striking scenery as a backdrop include Fast & Furious 6 – the 50th highest-grossing film of all time – and the Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans films, which were huge box-office successes.

The island is also a popular destination for commercial filming and stills shooting. Iconic brands such as Audi, BMW, Halifax, Lamborghini, Louis Vuitton and Swarovski – among many more – have all used Tenerife as a backdrop to their campaigns.

Carlos Alonso, President of Tenerife, and Alberto Bernabé Teja, Councillor of Tourism and International Development, will be holding a working lunch at the Royal Automobile Club, 89 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HS at 12 noon on Wednesday 4 November to meet with London-based film, television and commercial production companies and media to discuss Tenerife’s huge potential as a filming location.

Sharon Backhouse, Director of London-based company GeoTenerife and event organiser, said, “London is a hub for film, TV and commercial production and that is why President Alonso was so keen to hold a meeting in the capital. Many key LA production companies outsource to London. And Tenerife's year-round appeal, exceptional locations and generous tax incentives (a 35% tax rebate on audiovisual projects) are only a four-hour flight away.

“Tenerife is rapidly growing in popularity, both as a business hub and as a filming destination, and the island’s recent history in blockbuster films is testament to that. We want to offer London businesses the opportunity to take advantage of the island's extraordinary infrastructure and favourable tax climate. We also want to inform them about the Tenerife Film Commission and the extremely valuable services that it provides.”

The Tenerife Film Commission supports all foreign film production projects on the island, giving advice about locations, introducing appropriate local companies to support and much more.

So what draws world-leading brands and film production companies to Tenerife – one of seven islands in an archipelago almost 200 miles from the African coast?

1. Exceptional and varied filming locations

In an area of just over 2,000km2 (slightly larger than Greater London), Tenerife has a huge range of potential film settings. The island has deserts, subtropical forests and volcanic areas, historic cities and avant-garde architecture, black sand beaches and breathtaking cliffs. There are two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Tenerife: the Teide National Park – containing the world’s third-largest volcano – and San Cristóbal de La Laguna, a colonial city founded at the end of the fifteenth century.

2. Excellent transport links

Although its landscape and weather are unlike those found in Europe, Tenerife’s relative proximity makes it an attractive film destination. Only a two-and-a-half hour flight from Madrid and four hours from other major European cities and with the same time zone as the UK, Ireland and Portugal, it is very close to Europe.

3. Experienced professionals

Tenerife has a healthy local film industry. Whether actors, extras, producers or equipment is needed, the Tenerife Film Commission helps to connect foreign production companies with the best local talent.

4. A film-friendly island

Having welcomed many film, television and commercial production companies to the island, Tenerife’s government and residents have earned a reputation for being film-friendly. For example, a section of newly-built motorway was made available to the makers of Fast & Furious 6.

5. Consistently good weather

Tenerife’s latitude and its position in the Atlantic mean that it enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine a year (an average of eight hours and fifteen minutes a day) and average temperatures of 23°C. This makes it ideal for outdoor filming.

6. Unbeatable tax incentives

Tenerife is in the Special Canary Zone, which means that businesses pay 4% corporation tax, compared to a European average of 25%. On top of this, foreign producers can qualify for a 35% tax rebate if they invest at least €1 million in the Canary Islands and hire a local production company.

7. Brilliant accommodation and service infrastructure

Tenerife’s hotels are regarded some of the best in Europe, and it has 75,000 beds at three, four and five-star establishments.

Tickets to the working lunch are free and available but places are limited and strictly by invitation only. To RSVP, please contact George Murdoch at george@famouspublicity.com or 07834 643 977.

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For further information please contact George Murdoch on 07504 762 049 and george@famouspublicity.com, or Tina Fotherby on 07703 409 622 and tina@famouspublicity.com.

Tenerife Film Commission

The Tenerife Film Commission (www.tenerifefilm.com) was founded with the aim of encouraging film production on the Island by Spanish mainland and foreign production companies. Some of the ways that the Tenerife Film Commission can help film production companies are:

• Giving advice about locations
• Easing the process of obtaining film permits
• Providing information about accommodation and service companies
• Acting as a link between foreign and Tenerife Film Commission-member local production companies
• Introducing production companies to its network of member businesses which can offer the services needed while shooting on location
• Collaborating with other institutions to boost local industry

The Tenerife Film Commission is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of Spain Film Commission and a founding member of the European Film Commission Network (EUFCN).

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