The Canary Islands last year hosted the filming of 71 audiovisual productions that left more than 60 million euros in the islands and more than 2,000 direct contracts, according to figures released on Friday by the Government of the Canary Islands.
The details of the activity coordinated by the seal ‘Canary Island Film’, have been presented at a press conference by the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo; the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Isaac Castellano and the head of the Audiovisual Department of Canarias Cultura en Red, Natacha Mora.
In total, 18 of the productions were feature films, 6 series and 15 documentaries, and the rest were television programs (39).
Regarding the feature films, 13 were Spanish productions or co-productions and 5 foreign ones, and on the series, three were documentaries, one was an animation and two were fiction.
There are filming of audiovisual companies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, Japan and Spain.
Compared to the previous year, the same number of feature films is maintained, while documentaries grow especially, from 7 to 15 with respect to 2017. Of all of them, a total of 14 benefited from tax incentives (9 feature films, 2 series and 3 documentaries).
In this sense, Clavijo has commented that everything is “clarified” and the incentives guaranteed, although there is often “incomprehension” from the State, the latter with the PGE project of 2019, which increased the corporate tax by 15%.
“That would have put him in danger but he was saved and now there is no doubt,” he added.
The president has also said that the filming of audiovisual productions are part of the strategy of “diversification” of the Canarian economy, highlighting that the archipelago begins to become an “international reference”.
Clavijo pointed out that Canarias “is like a commercial center with many stores”, which allows a production to record on several islands, because “they are looking for what they need at all times”, and with total “reliability”, as there is many hours of light, little rain to shoot outdoors and a hotel plant “first level”.
CLAVIJO, IN FAVOR OF POTENTIATING THE SERIES
In addition, he has highlighted the value of large blockbusters, such as the filming of a delivery of ‘Star Wars’ in Fuerteventura, “but they are four months”, which is why I value more the shooting of the series, which guarantee a “continuity” on the land.
Mora has not wanted to advance new shoots in 2019 because many productions ask for “absolute discretion” and also, when there have been leaks, they have gone to other territories, while denying that there is ‘tension’ between the islands to stay with the shootings .
“Although they are competition, there is no friction between islands because we coordinate very well and we give a united message,” he explained.
He pointed out that “many repeat” in the islands, in the case of Universal or Warner, highlighting as an added value of ‘Canary Island Film’, the “quick response” to the needs that they pose, whether in locations, tax incentives or permits to shoot in natural Protected Areas.
Another fact that confirms the ‘good health’ of the sector in the islands is that the registration of audiovisual companies in the ZEC – with a 4% tax on companies – tripled last year, going from 6 to 18.
Castellano, on the other hand, has announced that its Ministry is finalizing the preparations to call the subsidies destined to the development and production of audiovisual works of Canarian authorship for a total amount of 1,375,000 euros.
The call will be imminent, once the Strategic Grants Plan has already been approved, and will include the following categories: development of feature films and fiction television series, animation or documentaries, for an amount of 206,250 euros and a deadline of 2 years; the production of feature films and fiction television series, animation or documentaries, with an amount of 1,031,250 euros and a term of execution of 3 years and, finally, the production of short films, with an amount of 137,500 euros and a term of 2 year execution.
In addition, the Ministry also carries out the modification of Decree 18/2009, of February 10, which regulates the Register of Companies and Audiovisual Works of the Canary Islands and the procedure for obtaining the Canarian audiovisual work certificate.
Mora has highlighted the power of subsidies because they allow the local industry to promote their own productions and have the advice of ‘Canary Island Film’ to know how to “move” in the market.