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We’re going to be at Cannes Lions

Let’s meet up!


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.



Let’s meet at Cannes Marché du Film


We’ll be there to explain the 35% tax rebate from 14th to 17th May

Marché du Film - Cannes

Tenerife Film Commission will be at “Marchè du Film” in the umbrella stand “Canary Islands Film” situated in the Cinema from Spain stand (A5). We´ll be there to tell you all about tax incentives for feature films, drama series, documentaries and animation in the Canary Islands. Besides, we’re presenting the services offered by 33 local companies and the wide range of locations available on the Island.

Tenerife, La Palma, and Gran Canaria Film Commissions will be present at the Canary Islands Film stand this year with the support of the Government of the Canary Islands.

To arrange a meeting please write to film@webtenerife.com or call us on +34 647346462.



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Tenerife to promote animation and videogame sector

While Tenerife gets more and more recognition as a film location, a new activity with great development potential is now gaining strength on the Island: the animation and videogames industry.

©Lightbox Animation Studio  - Picture from "Capture the Flag"
©Lightbox Animation Studio – Picture from “Capture the Flag”

A report commissioned by Cabildo de Tenerife (Island Government) has concluded that the infrastructure –supercomputer for rendering- the professionalism, the creative talent plus the tax system available on the Island are great qualities that make Tenerife the perfect place to develop and expand this industry.

Tenerife Science and Technology Park will put in place a 2D and 3D audiovisual and animation training programme so that the Island can offer qualified professionals to meet the requirements of production companies.

They will also attend specialised fairs and markets to show the projection this sector has in Tenerife.

More info at www.tenerifefilm.com  film@webtenerife.com +34 647346462

Studio Indie Capital Partners offers tax rebate management and financing


The company has opened an office in the Canary Islands to attract productions and offer the tax benefits available in the region

Studio Indie offers production and post-production services through their three lines of business: Studio Indie Production, Studio Indie Service, and Studio Indie Capital Partners.


In 2015 several film companies and professionals joined together to set up Studio Indie, a film consortium based on the Canary Islands with the aim of attracting national and foreign productions that wish to benefit from the tax advantages offered by the Canaries tax regime.

The partners at Studio Indie are Babieka and Kanzamán, production and service production companies respectively; Cinelab, experts in post-production and technological solutions; and Jesús del Cerro, director and producer with wide experience in film and television production.

Why choose Studio Indie?

International presence: Studio Indie has offices in Spain, Romania, France, Morocco and Monaco among other countries. Studio Indie attends all the national and International film markets and festivals.

Funding: in Studio Indie “we are part of your project”. They get involved in the funding and co-investment thanks to the tax breaks available in the Canary Islands. They manage the TAX REBATE and EQUITY FUND. They are also present in very competitive production areas like Romania.

Experience: their partners include companies with wide experience in film and television international productions who have been working for over twenty years.


-“Uruguay” 2016. Director: Jesús del Cerro (Studio Indie). Producer: Actoire du Film

-“Cold Skin”. 2015. Director: Xavier Gens. Producer: Babieka

-“Far From Here”. 2015. Director: James Pillon. Producer: Studio Indie

-“Pregnant in Romanía”. 2015. Director Jesús del Cerro. Producer: Studio Indie

-“The Second Best Exotic Hotel Marigold” (2014). Producer: Babieka.

-“Tomorrowland” (2014). Director: Brad Bird. Producer: Babieka

-“The Dictator” (2012).Director: Larry Charles. Production Services: KANZAMAN

-“Greenzone” (2010). Director: Paul Greengrass. Production Service: KANZAMAN.

Studio Indie Capital Partners has been a member of Tenerife Film Commission since February 2016.  With the several projects in progress on the Islands right now we wish to position ourselves as the benchmark for film production in the Canary Islands in the future.

Studio Indie Capital Partners

Tel: +34 661 490 352

Mail: luisfanjul@studioindie.com

C/ Méndez Núñez, 52 – 2º izda. 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Islas Canarias

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Balance of the fifth Bourne chapter shoot

Tenerife was the location, from 7 to 26 September, of the fifth chapter of Bourne, a Hollywood super-production starring Matt Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass, which brought considerable economic activity to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

© Jasin Boland | Universal Pictures
First day shooting . © Jasin Boland | Universal Pictures

It was possible to shoot the film thanks to the work done by the Cabildo, through Tenerife Film Commission, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Town Council and local production company Sur-Film Production & Services. The filming took place mainly in Santa Cruz, in the neighbourhoods of Valleseco, Cabo Llanos, Salamanca, La Salud and Taco, as well as in the Plaza de España area and Avenida 3 de Mayo. Some scenes were shot in Bebederos (Arona) and at the Tenerife Norte-Los Rodeos Airport.

According to the information the Cabildo has, around 350 people were directly hired for the production while they recruited some 600 extras for the shoot. In addition, around 600 local companies were hired or took part in the film while some 1,200 contracts were signed with private individuals and businesses during the production. The final economic study is currently being produced and will be available in a few months.

Regarding hotel night stays, according to the information provided by Ashotel, there were more than 14,000 in different hotels in Santa Cruz, some of which sold all their available rooms for a few days in September. The hotels in La Laguna also benefitted from the shoot, having a high rate of occupancy. Income for accommodation and breakfast reached one million Euros. To this we must add the extra services hired by the visitors, of medium-high purchasing power, in different establishments.

Apart from the income earned during the shoot, it must be pointed out that during pre-production the crew worked in Santa Cruz and visited restaurants and shops. The public who came to see the shoot increased the sales of restaurants and cafeterias in the area around the film location. These establishments made 20 per cent more than on an average day, according to the information provided by the Canaries Urban Areas Federation.

As for the impact abroad, a wide range of media, both national and international specialised publications as well as general interest press, mentioned the shooting of the Bourne fifth chapter in Tenerife. The media which gave information about it include Der Spiegel, Daily Mail, Hollywood Reporter, The Knowledge, The Location Guide or Variety. In addition, the image of Matt Damon with CD Tenerife T-shirt, had over 22,000 comments on Twitter in 24 hours and 4,500 interactions, spreading the name of the Island internationally.

Tenerife Film Commission

Since it was established in 2000, Tenerife Film Commission (TFC) has helped over a thousand films (including feature and short films), photo shoots, music videos, series, programmes, and commercials. The balance is more than positive: 54 million Euros have been brought to the Island. 36 feature films have been shot in this period including Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans (2010-2011, USA) or Fast and Furious 6 (2012, USA).

Last year Tenerife hosted a total of 68 national and international film productions which brought eight million Euros to the Island.

2015: a new scene

The new Canaries Fiscal Regime (REF), which came into force in January this year, renews the tax advantages for film productions shot in the Archipelago which means an increase of 20 per cent over the rate applicable in the rest of Spain, thus supporting the benefits of shooting on the Island.

So the deduction for national film productions shooting in the Canaries can reach up to 40 per cent of the total amount up to 5.4 million Euros, while foreign productions can have a 35 % deduction, capped at 4.5 million Euros.

In 2015 some productions have already made the most of the scenery and advantages offered by Tenerife. Project Lazarus, by Canaries director Mateo Gil, including actress Oona Chaplin (Charles Chaplin’s granddaughter), or the series Doctor Who for the BBC are just two of them.

Attending festivals and trade fairs is another activity of Tenerife Film Commission. This year, TFC has been to the Berlinale—to inform about the incentives at international level—, the Marché du Film, part of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, and Cannes Lions, focused on advertising. Tenerife Film Commission will also attend the American Film Market and Focus, The Production Location Event.