Spain offers a tax rebate for non-Spanish projects that are completely or partly made in the country. Commercial productions are not eligible. The incentive targets cinema and film, scripted TV, animation, and gaming.
A minimum production spend of 1 million Euros in Spain is required to benefit from the 20% tax credit. That incentive can increase to 40% in the Canary Islands. An alternative financing model providing tax credit from 30-40% to local investors in a film project is also on offer in Navarre and the Basque Country.
Rebates are made to the Spanish production service company working locally with the foreign production company. Government payback can be expected 18 - 24 months after the production wrap and successful presentation of an audit. Earlier credit towards the rebate may be negotiated with PSN Spain.
These are the fundamental parameters. Precise details are best explored on a case-by-case basis so don't hesitate to reach out to us with your project's details. We aim to maximize the savings available to your foreign production in Spain.
As one of the production service companies registered by Spain's Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), we are also positioned to discuss co-productions eligible for Spanish and European assistance. It is helpful to note from the outset that periodic selection processes only make this approach practical for qualifying productions with all needed documentation prepared for submission a full year before shooting. Local film financing options can also be explored.
We are APCP member certified by AENOR, accredited in compliance with ISO standards and partner of IQNet.
Write us with details about your project and the form of assistance you seek. We're here to help bring your project to shoot with us in Spain.
With all the essential production tools available in Spain, and an agreeable climate, there is still much more that attracts creatives to work with us here under the sunniest skies of Europe. Cultural icons of the classic nature share the spotlight with sport stars. Modern architecture stands tall in cosmopolitan cityscapes populated by a cast of characters demonstrating the diversity of Spain’s millenary history. The spirit of fiesta fun takes on new forms in the creative's eye in cities where the turn of a corner can reveal locations with a cool groove next to those that pack a punch.
As an American raised in the entertainment Mecca of Los Angeles, Spain’s striking resemblance to my native California caught my eye from the moment I peered out the airplane window when landing in Madrid. Working from the Costa Brava Salvador Dalí called home, down the Mediterranean coast graced by Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences to the Almeria badlands of Spaghetti Westerns across to Malaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas, I’ve settled comfortably in my home away from home. To the west across endless prairies, a turn north leads to evergreen mountains towering over the Atlantic ocean. At sea the Balearic and Canary Islands enhance the colorful palette.It is in this sunniest corner of Europe where we have a whole world of locations within a 90-minute drive of the capital city, Madrid. The seaside port of Barcelona is a favoured film hub with its own unique spectrum of visual delight. No surprise Spain locations – from dramatic mountain ranges to striking deserts – are the chosen backdrop for works spanning generations from the likes of filmmakers like Orson Welles and Sergio Leone to George Lucas and Ridley Scott, as well as photographers from Robert Capa and Eve Arnold to Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz. A number of talented pros have called on our team to deliver all that Spain has to offer. Photographers Mario Sorrenti, Alasdair McLellan, Mert & Marcus, David Sims, Nico Bustos, Karim Sadli, Boo George, and Txema Yeste, to name a few. Also filmmakers like Cadmo Quintero, William Armstrong, Markus Walter, Bruce Hunt, Laurent Chane, Anders Hallberg, John Dolan, Gordon von Steiner, Ian Foster, Javier Aguirresarobe, Christopher Doyle, Darius Khondji, Harris Savides, Stuart Graham, Sebastian Pfaffenbichler, and Ottar Gudnarsson.
Frequent work at this level fosters the continual availability of highly experienced, English-speaking crew in major cities like Madrid and Barcelona. We also service our clients’ productions with mostly local crew in other cities like Bilbao, Valencia, Malaga, as well as Palma on Mallorca and Tenerife on the Canary Islands.
The standard commercial shoot day is 12 hours, and crews are non-union, though overtime and other practices common throughout Western Europe are the norm.
Talent casting in Spain offers an optimal balance of ethnic diversity at competitive rates in Western Europe. It is a frequent alternative for US projects aiming to save on SAG rates at home.
Major Spanish cities regularly play host to multiple productions at any one time. While specialized rigs for bullet time and motion control are supplied from neighboring European countries, Spain suppliers do offer a wide range of rigs suitable for traditional and VR filmmaking. Camera cars of all sizes, including Russian Arm, are also available locally on the mainland. Art and film set construction departments are very good, as are studio and post-production facilities.
After hundreds of film, photo, and video productions with our local crews across Spain during more than two decades, our team's enthusiasm for the potential of this land is as strong as my commitment to no-nonsense production development. Our fully-staffed offices in Barcelona and Madrid maintain a boutique approach to the BTL details backed by the volume of a leading production house producing campaigns at home and abroad for top-tier brands.
That makes us the ideal local production partner to provide quality, cost-effective results you can see in frame.
Our success at securing the local tax rebate for a Chinese feature film underscores an advantage of producing feature films and TV series with us in Spain. And our collaboration with veteran line producer José María González Sinde (IMDB) ensures top-drawer management of budgeting and scheduling for scripted projects.
Shooting a project that won’t qualify for incentives, like a commercial? Let’s talk numbers. We’re a straight-talking shop prepared for constructive dialogue that can deliver the best shoot for your budget.
Work supporting top-tier documentary programming featuring David Attenborough and Anthony Bourdain, or executive produced by James Cameron further demonstrates the broad range of our passion for storytelling in Spain.
We feel privileged to have earned the trust of clients from around the globe to produce and service projects featuring celebrity artists like like Alicia Vikander, Justin Timberlake, Megan Fox, Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz, Shakira, Taylor Swift, and Alejandro Sanz; top models Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell; as well as a long list of sports stars including Leo Messi, Neymar Jr., Cristiano Ronaldo, Pelé, Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Niki Lauda, Michael Schumacher, and Sebastian Vettel.
Further afield, my pro-active search for solutions to most every production challenge led me to establish the Production Service Network with like-minded production professionals operating at the top of their game to facilitate below-the-line shoot support in more than 40 countries. We think globally and act locally for your production success.
Production work on commercial, entertainment, and factual shoots for clients from around the world during more than two decades is at the core of Michael’s experience. Highlights include feature film and sport celebrity shoots, primetime TV programming for all major US & UK channels, and events as diverse as motocross and a papal visit. Read more...
Toni Schulz is a Hamburg-born German who found his niche in Barcelona. For more than a decade he’s managed international productions across Spain with fellow Executive Producer / MD Albert Soler. The two met at Albiñana Films in 2003 and soon after launched a venture that has seen them service shoots for top directors and photographers on campaigns for major automotive, fashion, and telecom brands.Read more...
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