Film shootings brought eight million Euros to Tenerife in 2014

An increase of more than 400% on the previous year

Don't Grow Up copy a Arcadia Motion Pictures

“Don´t grow up”. Arcadia Motion Pictures

In 2014 Tenerife Tourism Corporation assisted through its Tenerife Film Commission (TFC) a total of 68 national and international film productions, amounting to 8 million Euros spent on the Island: an increase of 400% the previous year, with revenue on 1.5 million Euros.

Of the 68 productions assisted in 2014, eight were feature films (five more than in 2013). The most notable were “Nobody wants the night”, directed by Isabel Coixet and counting with the participation of Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi and “Ma Ma”, by Julio Medem, starring Penélope Cruz and Luis Tosar; and “Felices 140”, by Gracia Querejeta, featuring Maribel Verdú and Antonio de La Torre. The list is completed by equally important films, such as “Tiempo sin aire”, “Playing Lecuona” or “Don’t grow up” (all are Spanish), the Russian “Mafia” and the German “Winterkartoffelknödel”.

In addition to the films, in last year’s balance the photo shoots stood out. There were 26, followed by TV programmes (17). Germany (21), United Kingdom (14) and Spain (10) top the ranking of productions. This meant a total of 454 days of shootings in 2014. The numbers of managed permits rose to 57, while the applications assisted were 205.

Along with the island’s qualities as a shooting set, Tenerife is providing post-production services through the HPC-Teide supercomputer, the second most powerful computer in Spain. Animation shootings are benefitting from it.


Balance since 2000

Since it started in 2000, Tenerife Film Commission (TFC) has assisted more than a thousand shootings (feature films and short films), photo shoots, music videos, television series, programmes and commercials. The economic balance is more than positive: 54 million Euros revenue, generated on the Island. It should be noted that 36 feature films have been shot in all of this time, notably films like “Clash of the Titans” and “Wrath of the Titans” (2010 – 2011, U.S.A.), “Una hora menos en Canarias” (2010, Spain), or “Fast & Furious 6” (2012, U.S.A.).


2015: a new panorama

Some productions in 2015 are taking advantage of the locations and benefits Tenerife offers to shootings. “Lazarus” feature film, by the Canarian Mateo Gil and with the presence of actors such as Oona Chaplin (Charles Chaplin’s granddaughter), or “Doctor Who”, a popular BBC TV series, are only two of them.


Attending to events and festivals is another strong point of Tenerife Film Commission. Events like Berlinale and Marché du Film in Cannes help to promote the island’s incentives on international film scene, and Cannes Lions, focused on commercials. Tenerife Film Commission will also try to determine how to attract animation and post-production industries.


Tenerife Film Commission

Tenerife Film Commission (TFC) is a department of Tenerife Tourism Corporation which was set up with the aim to encourage film production on the Island, by both foreign and mainland Spain production companies, and boost Tenerife film industry. The main task of TFC ( is to promote Tenerife as a film location. The Island offers unique sceneries and light, a privileged climate year round and the benefits of the Canary Islands Special Tax Regime (REF).

Heading for Marché du Film de Cannes

We will be there to explain our new tax incentive: 35% tax rebate for foreign productions

Marché du Film - Cannes

After attending the Berlinale last February, Tenerife Film Commission will be at Cannes International Film Festival from 16 to 19 May. We will be at the Cinema from Spain stand (A5) in the Marché du Film where we will be happy to meet all the producers wishing to shoot on the Island and give them information about our very interesting new tax incentive: 35% tax rebate on expenditure in Spain. We will also be showcasing Tenerife’s unique locations and our experienced local companies. In short, the unmatchable experience of shooting on the Island. We collaborate with Canary Islands Connection and Gran Canaria Film Commission and have the support of the Canary Islands Government too. Meetings can be arranged via e-mail at or calling +34 647 346 462.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Tenerife Film Commission
Turismo de Tenerife
T.: +34 647 346 462 | +34 922 236 962
Fax: +34 922 237 872

Seven Islands Film now has its own DIT Station

In collaboration with Why On Set, represented in the Canaries by Seven Islands Film 



There was only one service Seven Islands Film did not use to offer but now it does: a DIT Station. A very useful workstation for films shot with digital cameras. With this machine you have full control of the images shot while on set, thus saving a lot of time, work and money. You can check and manage files on the spot and it works with the best cameras in the market (ARRI Alexa, Red Dragon, Epic, etc.) using state of the art professional software (Scratch, DaVinci Resolve, etc.). It is operated by professional DIT freelancers from mainland Spain.  80% of the films shot in the Canary Islands in the last two years plus the shooting of many commercials have made the most of Seven Islands Film’s DIT Station.


For further information:

T. 00 34 922 274 457

Fimucité -Fimucinema call for entries

The ninth Tenerife International Film Music Festival will be holding the third Fimucinema from July 3rd to 11th. This event seeks to highlight the role that music plays in films. The deadline is May 15th


All feature films, short films, documentaries and TV shows, which were produced after 1st January 2013, and have no previous commercial distribution in Spain, can be submitted for the Official Section Competition of FIMUCINEMA 2015. Films that have not been screened in any Spanish festival will also be especially considered. They will be screened in 35mm or digital format.

The works will be selected by the Festival Selection Committee, which will be formed by professionals of both fields (film and music) and representatives of the Organization. The ones selected will be screened at the Audiovisual Room of TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes) and will compete in five different categories:

–          Alex North Award for Best Original Score in a Feature film

–          Best Original Score in a Short Film

–          Best Original Score in a Documentary

–          Best Original Score in a TV Show

–          Best Original Song


For further information and entries, please visit:

922 28 20 58.

Advantages of a business centre in the Canary Islands

Having your registered office at a Business Centre gives you access to a wide range of economic and tax advantages


As an outermost region, the Canary Islands enjoy unmatchable conditions to offer incentives to the film industry.  Thanks to their geographic situation and features, the Canaries offer a wide range of natural areas besides our environmental conditions.

In addition, tax deductions to produce films are above those available in mainland Spain, as the Islands offer 20 percent more. However, the Canaries Tax Regime allows film production companies and / or Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) located on the Islands to have access to the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC).

Film activities authorized at ZEC

  1. Photography and Advertising
  2. Production Services and Post-production
  3. Production

Do not miss the opportunity to domicile your company or SPV at a business centre in the Canaries. You will enjoy a spacious work area including telephone answering service, wifi, handling of documents, post office notifications, etc. all at a very competitive price.

Dyrecto Business Centre currently has member film production companies who are making the most of the benefits offered by a business centre and the considerable tax advantages available in the Canary Islands.

Demand for and hiring the services of a business centre are on the increase as the initial investment for entrepreneurs is lower allowing them to have a wide range of services at a reduced cost.


For further information:


T. 00 34 922 882 360