Filming in Portugal

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Located on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a breathtakingly beautiful country nestled between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean.

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It’s position on the coast has influenced the nation’s culture, and has helped the country garner a worldwide reputation for having some truly stunning beaches. Many filmmakers choose to film in Portugal, with movies such as “House of the Spirits”, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”, and “The Night Train to Lisbon” being made here. There is a well-established film industry in the country, with a film studio in Lisbon and several backlots already in existence. The beaches, mountain ranges, vineyards and quaint villages scattered throughout the country also make wonderful settings for on-location shooting.

If you require assistance with organising an upcoming film project, NEEDaFIXER can provide support when it comes to production service in Portugal. We have local fixers who speak the language and understand the country’s filming rules and national culture, and they can therefore make arrangements for yourself, your crew and cast.

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Portugal has welcomed film crews from across Europe and the UK, and so has a film industry that is well supported by local facilities, crew, and equipment.

At NEEDaFIXER, we have film fixers in Portugal who are able to assist with the arrangement of production logistics and operations, including:

  • Costs and financing. A cost-efficient film service centre, Portugal is one of the least expensive shooting destinations in Western Europe. Filming in Portugal typically ends up costing less than productions carried out in neighboring Spain, and with the help of a local fixer to negotiate deals, productions can get even more for their Euros.
  • Film permits. Applications for filming permits must be submitted through City Hall, with a processing time of approximately one week. For filming on beaches, the permit processing times can be slightly less. A film fixer can help you acquire permission to shoot adhering to the right time scale so as to make your filming process smoother.
  • Crews and talent sourcing. There is a small pool of local directors in Portugal, and as a number of international productions have already taken place in the country, the level of English spoken by the crew here is to a high standard.
  • Travel. There are a number of international airports throughout the country, and once arrived, crews and equipment can be easily transported to the destination of choice thanks to a comprehensive and well maintained road network.
  • Translation. Portuguese and English are both widely spoken throughout the country, and local film fixers are available to arrange translation services should this be required.
  • For an extended stay filming in Portugal, a film fixer will be able to help arrange accommodation in a hotel or private lodgings as per your request.
  • As Portugal is a member of the Schengen Area, most cast and crews can enter and film for up to 90 days with no need for a visa. Depending on the country of origin however, some visas may be required in certain instances, but there is no need for work permits. A local film fixer in Portugal can help you determine what is and is not required for your specific shoot.
  • Set construction and studio sourcing. There is plenty in the way of standard equipment available, and Portugal’s location within Europe means plenty of additional and/or specialist equipment can be sourced. There are film studios already in place, some of which have motion capture facilities, and set design and construction can be arranged with finished sets being built to a high standard.
  • Tax Incentives and credits. While there are a few tax incentives available for feature films and television programmes filmed in Portugal, currently none are in place for commercial productions.
  • Safety and travel advisories. Portugal is a safe, low-risk filming destination.

There are many stunning film locations found throughout Portugal.

Beaches and clear water provide filmmakers with fantastic opportunities to capture shots on ground and underwater, while medieval and historic villages work well for period shoots. There are plenty of modern city scapes to capture, as well as natural beauty in the form of fields, forest, lakes and rivers.

  • Lisbon – Lisbon is the nation’s capital and serves as the country’s main production centre. This coastal city is as colourful as it is historic, with traditional vibrant buildings lining streets that lead to the famed Moorish Castle, Castelo São Jorge.
  • Porto – A stunning coastal city, Porto is known for it’s traditional cobbled streets, medieval buildings, steep hillside positioning, vineyards, and the surrounding rivers and beach. There is a beautiful blend of old and new here that presents filmmakers with a range of opportunities.
  • Algarve – Curving roads, white sand beaches hugged by turquoise waters, arid landscapes and luxurious villas and accommodations make Portugal’s Algarve one of the country’s most varied places to film. Filmmakers and photographers are often drawn to the assortment of different scenery here, and a film fixer can help you determine the very best shoot location for your project.
  • Madeira – This archipelago lies to the southwest of mainland Portugal. The towering mountains overlook several secluded beaches, and there is plenty of wildlife to be discovered here, ideal for nature documentary makers or photographers in particular.

Other sites of interest include:

  • Pena Palace
  • Azores islands
  • Évora
  • Belém Tower
  • Coimbra

When it comes to finding film fixers in Lisbon, the Algarve and other locations throughout Portugal, at NEEDaFIXER, we are able to put you in touch with a number of local experts. Our global network enables you to work with film professionals who understand and know the local landscape to take the stress out of arranging essential logistics whilst ensuring your budget is maximised.

To find out more about working with a local Portuguese NEEDaFIXER film fixer, click here to contact us today.

Frequently Asked Questions


How easy is it to get permits?

Applications for filming permits must be submitted through City Hall, with a processing time of approximately one week. For filming on beaches, the permit processing times can be slightly less. A film fixer can help you acquire permission to shoot adhering to the right time scale so as to make your filming process smoother.


Do I need a visa or work permit?

As Portugal is a member of the Schengen Area, most cast and crews can enter and film for up to 90 days with no need for a visa. Depending on the country of origin however, some visas may be required in certain instances, but there is no need for work permits. A local film fixer in Portugal can help you determine what is and is not required for your specific shoot.


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