Alberto Bernabé Teja, Councillor of Tourism and International Development in Tenerife, has expressed his delight after meeting representatives of the UK’s film, television and commercial production industries. The event took place at the Royal Automobile Club and the Councillor discussed the unique tax climate of the Canary Islands with a wide range of producers, location finders and financiers.
Sharon Backhouse, Director of London-based company GeoTenerife and event organiser, said, “We held a working lunch in order to introduce members of the UK film, television and commercial production industries to Alberto and to familiarise them with the taxation system of Tenerife, which is extremely beneficial to foreign investors.
“With production budgets rising year by year, it makes sense for companies to choose locations that benefit them financially, while still providing the combination of locations, infrastructure and local talent that is required to succeed.”
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.
These incentives make Tenerife an extremely competitive destination, but there are many other reasons that large Hollywood blockbusters have chosen the island in recent years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tenerife’s hotels are regarded some of the best in Europe, and it has 75,000 beds at three, four and five-star establishments.
Sharon continued, “Tenerife is starting to emerge as a filming hub. In the last few years, the island has seen productions such as Fast & Furious 6, Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans. In fact, the fifth instalment of the Bourne series was recently filmed on the island.
“We’ve received incredibly positive feedback from a number of attendees, and are optimistic that we will see a rise in UK productions in Tenerife as a result of the meeting.”
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.
A video of the event can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og21oWw6uvQ
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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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