The Berlinale awaits us

The Tenerife Film Commission will be at the festival from 11th to 14th February           


The Tenerife Film Commission (TFC) will return, from 11th to 14th February, to one of the most important dates in the calendar related with the world of film: the Berlinale. Under the umbrella of Canary Islands Film, and within the European Film Market, we will be on the stand of Cinema from Spain  (#23).

The objective with which we are attending this important meeting is that of making known the tax incentives for all kinds of audiovisual productions, ( feature films, fiction series, documentaries, animation work), whether Spanish or from abroad, which opt for the Canary Islands for their filming or recordings. We shall also present the services provided by the almost forty leading specialist  Tenerife companies which have great experience in the world of film, television and advertising, as well as the enormous variety of locations that there are on this island, where it is possible to recreate almost anywhere on Earth (and even other planets).

Canary Islands Film will be represented this year at the Berlinale by the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, Lanzarote, La Gomera and Gran Canaria, and has the support of the Canary Islands Government and the ZEC (Canarian Special Zone).

In order to make an appointment with the person responsible for Tenerife Film Commission, who will attend the European Film Market at the Berlinale, these are the contact details:


Telephone: +34 647 34 64 62


Tenerife, international reference for animation

We shall attend the specialist meetings, Kidscreen Summit and Cartoon Movie


Over the last few years, Tenerife has been taking its place in the international panorama as one of the locations to bear very much in mind for animation projects thanks to the  conditions and characteristics which make it unique.  To the attractive fiscal advantages that it offers, with incentives of between 35 and 40 per cent for investment in the film or series, must be added the possibility of paying Corporation Tax at four per cent , as well as the fact that Tenerife has professionals, talent and cutting-edge tools for rendering such as the Teide HPC Supercomputer, the second most powerful in Spain.

There are few places in the world that can combine all these benefits. The excellent air connections with approximately 150 destinations in Europe, America and Africa; the well-known values as a holiday destination, with an exceptional climate 365 days a year, together with top-level infrastructure, make up a very attractive option. In short, the Island is an ideal location for animation projects in an environment which is professional and relaxing at one and the same time.

We will be able to tell you in detail about all these opportunities at Kidscreen Summit,  Miami, from 13th to 16th February, and at Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux (France), between 8th and 10th March. To make an appointment:


Telephone: +34 609 102 505

We are growing in the animation and post-production sectors

T-Lab, Blackout Films and Salero Animation Studio, the new additionsanimacion-blog-v

We are starting this year with new firms at Tenerife Film Commission and we are promoting two new categories: animation and post-production. In animation, the new company is  Salero Animation Studio. In post-production, since the middle of last year there has been T-Lab, and now Blackout Films.

Seven Islands celebrates its 20th anniversary

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Seven Islands Film is one of the leading production service companies in the Canary Islands equipped to provide full production services to shoots of all sizes in feature film, television drama and commercial. It has worked on contents for major broadcasters such as BBC, ZDF and most recently Paramount TV.

It brings first-rate crew and talents from all the Islands to international producers looking for a diversity of versatile locations within close proximity. With offices in Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Barcelona, Seven Islands Film has a hands-on approach where all client services are customised to the specific needs of the individual project.

The Canary Islands is not only home to beaches and bikinis but also breathtaking landscapes
The Canary Islands is not only home to beaches and bikinis but also breathtaking landscapes


The Canary Islands now offer international audiovisual producers a 35% tax rebate with a minimum of €1M qualifying spend. Seven Islands Film welcomes meetings with producers who have projects at various stages of development that may be suitable for filming in the Canary Islands, where it can doubled as many locations except a few.

If you are planning to film in the Canary Islands in 2017, Seven Islands Film has a little surprise for you to show that it appreciates your support. For more information, please email



Miradas Doc Market: an inescapable destination for the documentary

The festival is held from 31st January to 1st February in Guía de Isora


From 31st January to 1st February Miradas Doc Market is being held in Guía de Isora, a festival that we shall not fail to attend. This is an indispensable and very friendly meeting point for documentary professionals. Over its two days, informal and friendly meetings are held between the purchasers, commissioning editors, and the fresh talents of the genre.

More information here.

‘Solo’, Miramar Media Entertainment’s next project

This movie is expected to be shot on Fuerteventura by summer’s end


Miramar Media Entertainment, a production company with its central offices in Tenerife, is planning to make the film Solo by the end of the summer. The story, which is based on a real event, will be shot on the island of Fuerteventura.

Solo tells the story of a young surfer who, after falling off a cliff and suffering significant injuries, has to face nature at its most relentless over forty-eight hours as well as his own physical and mental agony as he attempts to survive.

Further information: Miramar Media Entertainment

The Magic of Carnival

February fills Tenerife with colour and joy especially the capital Santa Cruz


Reina del Carnaval de Tenerife 2012
A previous Santa Cruz Carnaval Queen

Think of February and you always think of a cold, sombre month but that image has nothing to do with February in Tenerife, where, as well as enjoying spring temperatures, they celebrate one of the funniest parties in the world: Carnival. The colour, the music and, above all, the good atmosphere and safety, make this an unmissable event for anyone who loves having fun and I mean FUN.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival is a Festival of International Tourist Interest and is undoubtedly the most famous, with its galas and competitions between the different groups, the crowd-pulling dances every night and the Day Carnival, perfect to enjoy with the family. Although other municipalities on the Island also join in the party and celebrate their own smaller carnivals. The key to experiencing Carnival one hundred per cent is to get dressed up and let the reigning revelry and joy carry you away….


Day Carnival  photo: Jesús D’Sousa


Design your Carnival plan


Carnival gala photo: Jesús D’Sousa

If you have not experienced the Carnival in Tenerife before, it is not unusual to get a bit confused when choosing the best dates to come to the island and enjoy this party to the full. Here are some important details that will help you to plan.

Although the official Carnival begins with the contests between the different groups (murgas, comparsas, rondallas), the real show begins with the Gala to elect the Carnival Queen. The event always falls on a Wednesday, and two days later, on Carnival Friday, the streets overflow with joy at the colourful, light-hearted Opening Cavalcade. You should be on the island for this.

From that same night the streets of downtown Santa Cruz are filled with music and costumes. Although this is not an official figure, maybe only one person in a thousand or ten thousand will be at those dances in normal dress. So if you want to go unnoticed among the crowd, get a disguise as soon as you can.


Cheerleaders with hairy legs


Photo: Jesús D’Sousa.

It is normal to meet groups of hairy men dressed as cheerleaders or someone wearing a spectacular costume inspired by a fantastic film. In fact, there are as many disguises as people taking to the streets to enjoy themselves, running into the hundreds of thousands and I’m not exaggerating. Did you know that Santa Cruz holds the Guinness Record for the number of people dancing under the stars? It happened in 1987 when Cuban salsa star Celia Cruz got a crowd of over 250,000 to shake their hips in the central plaza and surrounding areas (the figure remains unbeaten).

For almost two weeks of Carnival, in Santa Cruz a charming mix of good fun and craziness is unleashed – another thing that make this party unmistakable. This is in spite of the huge crowd that meets at the dances of by night and the Day Carnival, which by the way is ideal for the whole family.


El Coso, La Sardina and La Piñata


Photo: Jesús D’Sousa

On Carnival Tuesday, the Grand Parade, El Coso, along Avenida Anaga represents the high point of the celebrations. The procession attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees including those taking part in the cavalcade and the public.

The night of Ash Wednesday is another date for your diary. The Burial of the Sardine is by far the most amusing funeral you will ever attend in your life. The finishing touch to the “sad” event is a massive dance in the streets of Santa Cruz until the wee hours of the morning.

And then the following weekend (called Piñata), the dances transform the city again with the Day Carnival and the night dances. But everything that begins must end and on Sunday the party says good bye until the following year … but only in the capital. Many other places on the island are about to start their own peculiar carnival, just as lively and surprising.


Join in and mingle with the crowds


Photo: Jesus D’Sousa

It is really easy to join in the carnival atmosphere. It’s as simple as getting g yourself a costume that suits your taste. You can find disguises at affordable prices in specialty stores, which offer whatever you need to become a superhero, gladiator or sexy nurse, including wigs, ornaments and all kinds of extravagant makeup.

Just add one more ingredient: your desire to have fun. Fool around by exaggerating the character that you are playing in your fancy dress. The key is to laugh and make people laugh with your feather boa, your huge fake eyelashes and your glittering face. That’s all!

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