Filming in Spain

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Boasting an impressive variety of beaches, architectural delights and plush mountainous ranges, Spain is much more than a perpetually popular holiday destination.

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Between the bustling cities of Madrid and Barcelona to stunning beaches of Costa del Sol and Costa Brava, there are many incredible locations from which to choose. Movies such as “007: Quantum of Solace”, “The Heart of the Sea,” and Golden Globe-winning “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” were all filmed in Spain, and as of 2015, the country now offers a 15 per cent federal tax credit for international film productions. This rate that rises up to 35 per cent for films shot on the Spanish Canary Islands. This is great news for those who are planning to shoot in Spain, and is just one of many things with which our film fixers can provide assistance.

When it comes to filming in Spain, NEEDaFIXER has local fixers available that can offer help with every aspect of organization, planning and logistics. We can put you in contact with someone who knows the language, landscape and needs of filmmakers to help you get the most out of your time shooting in beautiful Spain.

Check our detailed guide about Spain here.

If you are looking for film fixers in Spain, then get in touch with us today.

At NEEDaFIXER, we have many experienced fixers that can assist with translation, talent sourcing, transport and logistics and much more. Call now to have someone respond to your enquiry within 24 hours.

Almeria – Offers more than 320 sunshine days per year. Maximum natural daylight in Europe. It has an International Airport. And endless locations, where many westerns chose this destination back in the ‘60s, known as Spaghetti Westerns. This led to a very strong industry with plenty of bilingual professionals.

Barcelona – Is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. Its great climate and administration contribute to have a very healthy industry. Is the city of the services because of its great professionals, infrastructure, rental houses, weather, film friendliness and because it looks great on camera!

Madrid – The capital of Spain is also known for its character and architecture. It’s got big studios, facilities and rental houses were you can find everything. It benefits from a very mild climate too. Top notch bilingual professionals will deliver over your expectations.

Malaga – The second Almeria option. Who doesn’t want to guarantee great weather when filming exteriors? In Malaga you can. Another hub for service production with great professionals and all the facilities you can imagine and need.

Canary Islands – It has endless locations. Mountainous, paradisiac beaches and all within just few minutes on a car. The weather is fantastic the whole year round, with the odd rainy day. Many major feature films have chosen them as main location because of many things, mainly its locations, weather, and also its tax rebate.

Frequently Asked Questions


How easy is it to get permits?

Each Spanish region has their own laws and legislations when it comes to permitting.

There are more film friendly regions than others and that’s why we’d recommend getting in touch with NEEDaFIXER to advise properly.

Barcelona General permit:

General permit:

  • This permit authorizes a small film crew (maximum 10 people + 1 camera + 1 tripod) to film freely on streets and squares anywhere on public thoroughfares in Barcelona.This permit is valid only and exclusively between 8 am and 10 pm.
  • This permit is valid only and exclusively between 8 am and 10 pm.You may apply for this permit for up to 30 consecutive days.
  • You may apply for this permit for up to 30 consecutive days.2 working days’ notice
  • 2 working days’ noticePrice: Free for all kinds of productions.
  • Price: Free for all kinds of productions.

Specific permit:

  • This permit is required for film crews larger than 10 people + 1 camera + 1 tripod and/or which require parking privileges for vehicles essential to the shoot.
  • This permit should be applied for at least 5 working days in advance.

Prices:All productions: €38.36 issuing fee per application.*

  • All productions: €38.36 issuing fee per application.*Commercial productions only: Public thoroughfare usage fee.
  • Commercial productions only: Public thoroughfare usage fee.
  • Film shoots: €593.78 per day and location.Photo sessions: €332.72 per day and location.
  • Photo sessions: €332.72 per day and location.

*Issuing fee: Specific Permits are not valid without the corresponding proof of payment of the issuing fee provided by the City Police [Guàrdia Urbana]. This fee may be paid by any natural person or legal entity, with or without a digital certificate, on the Barcelona City Council Formalities website (in Spanish|Catalan).
NOTA: Under no circumstances will this fee be refunded. We recommend that you contact us to tell us what you want to do before you pay the fee to make sure this is a feasible application that can be submitted within any deadlines, etc.

PARKS, GARDENS AND BEACHES

The body responsible for giving permission to shoot in city-owned parks, gardens and beaches is Barcelona Municipal Parks and Gardens Institute, which issues a written document stating the conditions for shoots it authorizes. The rates for advertising productions or commercial photography are 593,78€ – per day and location – for filming and 332,72€ – per day and location – for photography. The Barcelona Film Commission manages a fee waiver request for all the non commercial productions that helps to publicize the city and its identity.


Do I need a visa or work permit?

If you’re a resident of a European country, visas are not required for entry. For all other continents, it’s advisable to contact your local Spanish embassy for more information, or give us a call.


Can I hire equipment once there?

Yes, you can find both standard and specialized equipment. Even if you cannot source your desired piece of equipment locally, it’s easy to get it brought to you from major European production centers.


What is the climate like?

Excluding the Pyrenees, Spain enjoys a mild climate all year round, which not only attracts a wealth of tourists, but filmmakers as well. Arguably the favoured months to visit are from April to October, although July and August are excessively hot.


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Davo McConville

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