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MIRADASDOC 2016/2017: CALL FOR ENTRIES

MiradasDoc

A prestigious festival, with a knowledgeable and critical audience, a sales opportunity, professional market, screening and pitching sessions, training, talks, lectures, professional meetings, an exceptional location, the beauty of the Canary Islands, a superb climate, good documentary cinema, contacts, projects, friendship and the entire world with a documentary view. Nobody will treat your film better.

MiradasDoc is open for registrations from 28th July to 15th October.

Get to know us at Registration online: www.miradasdoc.com

We’re going to be at Cannes Lions

Let’s meet up!

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Tenerife Film Commission will be at Cannes Lions, the advertising festival, from 22ndh to 24th June. With the aim to remind or present all Tenerife has to offer as a shooting location to commercial producers we shall be joining The Location Guide at their event “Cannes Soireè” on the Plage Goëland.

We will be in the good company of A Productions, Blackstone Film Company and Sur-Film Production & Services, all of them with their businesses and headquarters in Tenerife. Contact our coordinator, Concha Díaz, for a meeting at film@webtenerife.com or + 34 647 346 462.

 

 

Routes Africa 2016 to be held in Tenerife

One of the world’s most important connectivity meetings 26-28 June 2016TENERIFE-PARQUE-NACIONAL02.jpg

Routes Africa, the only route development forum for the African region, will be hosted by the Tenerife Tourism Corporation with the support of the Canary Islands Government this summer from 26-28 June 2016.

Tenerife has been selected because of its strategic location. Lying just 300km off the coast of Morocco, Tenerife is the closest European region to West Africa and a gateway to four continents – Europe, Africa, North America and South America.

The choice of Tenerife as host destination is testament to the continuous increase in flights to the island from Africa, UK and Europe and aligns with the Tenerife Island Government ´s strategy.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, Routes Africa has brought together leading airlines, airports and tourism authorities to discuss air services to, from and within Africa since 2006. Around 250 key route development professionals are expected to attend the 11th annual forum.

Aviation is vital to Tenerife’s economy, transporting over 12 million air passengers to the island’s two international airports every year. Tenerife’s long-term aim is to become a logistical stepping stone to Africa, connecting the continent to Europe and the Americas through the expansion of its air route network.

Routes Africa is an important part of Tenerife’s activities to achieve this aim. The event will provide the opportunity to showcase the year-round sunshine and stunning beaches, mountains and national park that attract six million tourists to Tenerife every year, making it one of Spain’s top destinations. The event will also highlight the island’s potential for investment as a hub for passengers, goods and data.

Mr. Alberto Bernabé, Tourism Minister at the Tenerife Island Government, says: “We are delighted and very honoured that Tenerife is hosting this prestigious event. Routes Africa is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our island as a business hub to key aviation industry leaders from Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.”

Over 200 companies from the Canary Islands currently operate in Africa, generating revenues in excess of £173 million in 2015. This is why Mr. Carlos Alonso, President of the Tenerife Island Government, has made increasing and improving the island’s air connectivity a top priority for the next few years, not only with Africa but also with the UK, Europe and the Americas.

 

Mr. Carlos Alonso, President of Tenerife Government, comments: “We didn’t have any direct flights to Africa four years ago and today we have four: to Casablanca, Agadir, Marrakesh and Dakar. With continued efforts we expect this number to continue growing.”

As well as direct routes to Africa, Tenerife has also seen a recent increase in fights from the UK. These include the recently-launched route from Heathrow to Tenerife North Airport with Iberia Express; two new twice-weekly services to Tenerife South Airport from Edinburgh with Jet2.com and Norwegian Airlines; and the introduction of a daily service from Gatwick with British Airways (up from 5 times a week). Also, Thomson Airways is launching a weekly service from Humberside Airport to the island in November 2016 and Thomas Cook Airlines is increasing its weekly flight to four times a week from this winter.

 

Other European carriers, such as Lufthansa, Wizz Air and Brussels Airlines, have also added new routes to Tenerife from Munich, Budapest and Brussels, respectively.

“Connectivity is vital to the development of the tourism sector and for employment,” says Carlos Alonso. “For every seven new tourists, a job is created.”

Increasing air transport links to other continents is one of the key priorities of the Tenerife Tourism Corporation’s Why Tenerife project, aimed at promoting the economic, social and cultural development of Tenerife for businesses to set up on the island. One of Tenerife’s main business incentives is its unique tax system which is lower than the rest of Europe – 4% corporation tax for registered companies and 7% VAT.

For information on Tenerife, please visit: www.webtenerife.co.uk

For information about Why Tenerife, please visit: www.whytenerife.com

For information about Routes Africa 2016, please visit: www.routesonline.com

 

 

 

Get your boots on for Tenerife Walking Festival!

The island is hosting one of Europe’s most important hiking events: March 29 to April 2, 2016

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The second edition of Tenerife Walking Festival (TWF 2016) is just around the corner. One of the most important hiking events in Europe and attracting more than a hundred participants from across the continent, TWF will be based in Puerto de la Cruz from March 29 to April 2.

Featuring internationally and nationally renowned speakers plus a grand finale with the island’s cuisine and wines, TWF will highlight adventure and outdoor activities on Tenerife.

“The Tenerife Walking Festival returns with the same strengths and qualities which made it a benchmark last year notably the quality and variety of footpaths, the complementary activities and Puerto de la Cruz hosting the event,” says Tenerife Cabildo’s Tourism chief, Alberto Bernabé.

“In just two editions, the festival has become a reference for ramblers, and we want its promotional philosophy and respect for the environment to be present in other initiatives that we plan to implement on the island during the year.”

The festival offers the chance to hike up to 15 trails, which are a selection of the most striking on Tenerife. If you wish to enroll, you can still register online at www.tenerifewalkingfestival.com

Complementary activities: talks and a grand food and wine party

The whole Island and specifically Puerto de la Cruz will be focusing on hiking during the week-long TWF 2016 and local residents are also invited to take part in the parallel activities such as presentations on Wednesday 30 March, Thursday 31 March and Friday 1st April taking place in the San Felipe Castle at 20:30. All are welcome to join in the grand closing party on Saturday 2 April in the Plaza de Europa from 12:00 noon. All these activities will be free of charge and open to everyone.

On Wednesday 30 March there will be a talk by José María Nasarre, Head of Nature of the Spanish Mountaineering Federation (FEDME), who will speak about safety on the trails. The next day, Juan Jesús Ibáñez, a member of the International Union of Mountaineering and Climbing (UIAA), will speak about the project Respect the Mountain, which will restore a footpath on Tenerife in June.

On Friday, 1st April Sebastian Alvaro, the legendary adventurer and director of Spain’s TVE programme “Al Filo de lo Imposible, who is once again the festival’s “godfather, will offer one of his keynote talks combining his life story with spectacular photographs and videos of his expeditions.

The grand finale to the TWF 2016 will be a bustling, lively celebration with tapas, tasting the local wines, show cooking sessions and a fair featuring a sample of the wide range of outdoor and adventure activities on offer for visitors to Tenerife.

Cabildo bus shuttle to Teide

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Free bus service to the Teide National Park this weekend

For safety reasons, access by car is only one way – up through Chío and down via Boca Tauce and Vilaflor from 08.00 am to 18.00 on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February

 This weekend the Cabildo has activated Operation Nevada (8.00-18.00) to ensure the safety of visitors to the Teide National Park after heavy snow fall 18-22 February.

The decision is subject to change, depending on the number of vehicles and the weather as AEMET is forecasting winds with strong gusts in lower hills and highlands and rain is also expected in the north tomorrow.

President Carlos Alonso explains: “Currently, access to the National Park is complicated because we have not yet cleared all the roads and because it is a natural area so this operation is to ensure orderly and secure access.” Alonso is calling for patience and prudence on the part of visitors and residents to prevent accidents.

Access to the Teide National Park is only from the south of the island. Northern access roads remain closed as teams work hard to remove the ice and snow from the tarmac. For this reason the following roads remain closed:

TF-24 La Esperanza, which is cut off at Arafo at kilometre 24

TF-21 La Orotava, cut off at Ramón Caminero at kilometre 24

Recent snow falls of up to 135 mm high in Izaña should continue on the ground for at least a couple of weeks, which means that Operation Nevada may well be repeated next week but with more roads open to vehicles.

The Teide National Park can be visited to the cable car station but only by using a discretionary bus service offered free by the Cabildo on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February departing from Vilaflor. Bus company TITSA is also operating the normal services to Vilaflor: line 482 from Los Cristianos to Vilaflor and line 342 El Teide to Costa Adeje.

Access by car is only permitted to Boca Tauce one-way via Chío (TF-38) and going down by Vilaflor (TF-21). It will not be possible to go into the National Park due to the lack of sufficient parking spaces to ensure the transit of bus emergency vehicles. To reach the cable car, you must take the free shuttle bus departing from Vilaflor.

Bus shuttle

The free bus service will depart from Vilaflor to the cable car and not make any stops. Parking areas for cars will be provided in Vilaflor.

15 buses will operate a continuous service between 10.00 hours and 16.00 hours:

 The first bus from Vilaflor to the Cable Car will be at 10:00 am and lthe ast departure from Vilaflor to the cable car at 15:00. The first bus will return from the Cable Car to Vilaflor at 11.30 am and the last at 16.30 hours.

 If necessary, the number of buses will be increased.

The Civil Guard will activate special traffic controls at these points to regulate the movement of vehicles. The Red Cross will have two ambulances on standby for evacuation.

Under Operation Nevada there will be a free lane on the road for emergencies so vehicles will have to drive on the right. A field hospital and three ambulances will also be available near the Teide

 

Forest tracks, footpaths and BBQ areas

For security reasons, any recreational forest trails leading to or from the closed road sections in the mountains will be cut off.

For more information on closed tracks

http:// www.tenerife.es/pistas/

More information on the website of the Cabildo of Tenerife

www.tenerife.es

www.diariodetenerife.info

Or call the Citizens Service Centre (901 501 901) and Highway Information Centre (CIC) 900 210 131 www.cic.tenerife.es

The information will also be updated on the Cabildo’s social networks.operativo_nevada (002)

Snow white Teide

Shiny white Teide

A webcam shows the island’s snow covered peaks while visitors enjoy sun and beach at the coast

Snow has fallen like never before in Tenerife. This weekend, the sun rose on Mount Teide completely covered in white, offering a spectacular picture postcard view of the National Park and the island’s peaks. Road maintenance teams from the Cabildo are working hard to clear the heavy snowfalls and ice from the roads but for now, all access to the National Park remains closed as a precaution.

If you are on the island and waiting to go up over the next few days to enjoy the snow, or if you are at home and want to see what is happening live at Teide, this is the image broadcast live from one of the cameras at the Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands:

And while this is happening in the highest part of Tenerife, the temperatures in the rest of the island are still like spring. The sun is shining and the beaches continue to be there for you to enjoy the over 20 degrees Celsius marked by the thermometers.

Have you ever heard that Tenerife is an island of contrasts? Well, over the last few days we have had the clearest example of this. Check out this camera, also live from one of the island’s southern beaches, Las Vistas in Los Cristianos (Arona):

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https://www.skylinewebcams.com/es/webcam/espana/canarias/santa-cruz-de-tenerife/playa-las-vistas.html

 

Back at the Berlinale!

Come and meet with TFC co-ordinator from 12 to 15 February

Berlin International Film Festival is one of our favourite events of the year. In a very professional though relaxed atmosphere, we meet lots of producers eager to learn about the Island. Tenerife Film Commission will be heading for Berlin very soon.

At the Berlinale, which runs for 10 days (from 11 to 21 February), we’ll be at the European Film Market in the Martin-Gropius-Bau building. We’ll be there along with other Canary Islands like La Palma, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote at the Canary Islands booth in the umbrella stand Cinema from Spain.

As usual, we’re going to Berlin to show producers our qualities as a film set. They can learn about the island’s natural areas, its spring-like temperature year round, its different villages, towns and cities…in short, Tenerife’s potential to double as nearly anywhere else in the world.

One of our strongest points is the tax incentives companies can benefit from as opposed to those available in other areas. Our 35% tax break to productions shot on the Island make us a highly competitive location. In addition, Tenerife has first-rate experienced production companies who have already worked in shoots like Fast & Furious 6 or the latest movie of the Bourne franchise —to be released—, are just two examples of Hollywood major productions that have chosen the Island as their location.

We are very excited about attending the Berlinale. When we’re back in Tenerife, we’ll be more than happy to tell you all we did there and if we are lucky, (we think we will), tell you about new shoots and productions on the Island. See you when we get back!

You can have a meeting with Tenerife Film Commission co-ordinator from 12 to 15 February. These are her contact details:

Concha Díaz

Tenerife Film Commission

+34 647 346 462

film@webtenerife.com

www.tenerifefilm.com

Film rouge

Seven Islands Film, member of TFC, now offers a make-up caravan too.

The company Seven Islands Film, member of Tenerife Film Commission, has just added one more service, a new make-up caravan. The vehicle has state-of-the-art equipment: two hydraulic chairs, washing unit with hot water, lit make-up mirrors, interior HMI lighting, air-conditioning, shower room and toilet. It can be hired with driver and cleaning service.

The caravan adds to the wide range of services offered by Seven Islands, from location scouting and getting shooting permissions to taking full care of your production or co-production, including the possibility of using tax incentives.

To learn more:

SEVEN ISLANDS FILM

T. 00 34 922 274 457

info@7i­lm.com

www.7i­lm.com