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PRODUCTION SERVICES BARCELONA

PRODUCTION SERVICES BARCELONA 

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Production services in Barcelona

Barcelona has become one of the most visited destinations in Spain. With an ancient European history, Barcelona has a wide variety of artistic treasures that often are used as locations for video, film, commercial or tv productions. Its Romanesque churches and the influence which artist like Dali, Gaudi, Miro or...

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Production services in Barcelona

Barcelona has become one of the most visited destinations in Spain. With an ancient European history, Barcelona has a wide variety of artistic treasures that often are used as locations for video, film, commercial or tv productions. Its Romanesque churches and the influence which artist like Dali, Gaudi, Miro or Picasso have exerted on Barcelona, makes the city unique in Europe.

Camaleon Cinema Services offers global production solutions for companies that want to shoot their projects in Barcelona. We advise our customers from the pre-production stage to get the best efficiency and quality. We also make audiovisual production services for films, publicity or TV nationally and internationally.

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Which locations offer Barcelona?

On the shore of the Mediterranean sea and at 120 km from the Pyrenees, Barcelona offer many possibilities.

One of the best known places in the city are Las Ramblas, located between Cataluña Square and the old port, probably are the place with more life of Barcelona.

Near Las Ramblas, you can find the Cathedral and San Jaime Square where is the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council.

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In Barcelona there are many places declared World Heritage by the Unesco: Parque Güell, Casa Milà, Palacio de la Música, Hospital de Santa Cruz, Palacio Güell, Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and Casa Vicens.

Due to the 1992 Olympic Games, the city underwent a great transformation provoking architectural works like the Torre de Collserola by Norman Foster, Palau Sant Jordi by Arata Isozaki or Torre de Telecomunicaciones by Santiago Calatrava.

The unfinished Church of the Sagrada Familia, work of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi attracts millions of visitors each year.

In Barcelona there are many parks. The more popular ones are the Parque Güell, Parque de Montjuic, and Parque de la Ciudadela which is located in the city centre where is the Parliament of Catalonia.

Moreover, Barcelona has nine beaches covering over 4,2 km of coastline. They are completely equipped and well connected to the centre.

Very close to Barcelona you can find unique natural areas like the Costa Brava (Wild Coast). It is called like this because of the sharp meeting between the sea and the mountains. The Pyrenees are 120 km away from Barcelona.

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Why to shoot in Barcelona?

Barcelona is located between the sea and the mountains. With one foot in the tradition and the other in the vanguard, it is the most modern and cosmopolitan city in Spain.

Its natural areas, the good weather, its history or the beauty of its villages, make Barcelona an ideal place to carry out a TV, film, documentary or commercial production.

Barcelona’s province has excellent communication and accommodation infraestructures, experienced technical and artistic bilingual staff.

Our production company, Camaleon Cinema services provides camera, lighting and grip equipment. This, allow us to offer the best price in the market, without competition.

Furthermore, Barcelona is the second largest city in audiovisual content creation in Spain.

CLIMATE

Barcelona has a mediterranean climate. Winters are wet and soft and summers are dry. The average annual temperature is around 18ºC.

The rainy seasons are autumn and spring. With six months of summer, under the influence of a subtropical anticyclone, there aren’t many days with extreme temperatures. The annual average humidity is 70% due to its proximity with the sea.

INFRAESTRUCTURES

Barcelona is very important in the communications between France and Spain. The city has a large road and highway network. The AP-7 connects the mediterranean coastline with France. The A-2 starts in Madrid passes through Zaragoza and Barcelona and ends at the French border.

The Barcelona-El Prat international airport is where most of the visitors arrive. With more than 47 million passengers in 2017, it is the second largest airport in Spain. It Offer direct flights to the main European cities and connections with many cities in all continents. The Reus and Girona airports are a little more than an hour from Barcelona.

Due to fishing and its capacity to move goods, Barcelona has one of the most important ports in the mediterranean.

In terms of public transport, the city has 150 bus lines, 12 metro lines and 8 regional train lines.

At Camaleon Cinema Services, we offer complete production services with our own camera, lighting and grip equipment. Without intermediaries. Ask us. We will be pleased to serve you.

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What tax deductions can be obtained for an audiovisual production made in Barcelona?

Barcelona ​​and by extension Catalonia, is subject to the same tax regime that is common in the rest of the Spanish territory, with the exception of the Canary Islands, Navarra and the Basque Country, and therefore, It governs by article 36, sections 1 and 2, of the Law 27/2014, of November 27, about Corporation Tax, which establishes the criteria to be eligible for the tax benefits regime for Spanish and foreign audiovisual productions that take place in Spain. The information is detailed in Spain.

What subsidies can the film production companies obtain for their audiovisual productions in Catalonia?

The Cultural Companies Catalan Institute establishes every year the specific bases to get subsidies for the production of audiovisual works. In 2018 has established, among others, the following categories that can be chosen by the production companies:

-Subsidies for short films productions.

-Subsidies for fiction feature films productions.

-Subsidies for audiovisual works destined to be broadcast on television.

-Subsidies for animation productions.

The subsidies for the production of cinematographic short films granted by the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises are given under competitive concurrency, defined in Law 38/2003, article 22.1 , of November 17, general of Subsidies. The choice is based through a comparative system of the applications submitted, choosing the ones that obtain the highest valuation according to the agreements established in the call. The selection process will use the same criteria for all applications, therefore, all projects enjoy the same opportunities.

What subsidies are granted for the production of short films?

The subsidies for the production of short films will be granted to independent audiovisual production companies registered in the Register of Audiovisual Companies of Catalonia or in the Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts Institute (ICAA) or in other of a member state of the European Union. Is understood as an independent audiovisual production company a natural or legal person that has a legal personality distinct from a company which provides audiovisual communication services and it doesn’t directly or indirectly participate in more than 15% of the capital of one or several companies providing audiovisual communication services; that its social capital does not have a direct or indirect participation of more than 15% by one or more companies providing audiovisual communication services, and that in the last three fiscal years it has not invoiced more than 90% of its turnover volume to the same provider of audiovisual communication services. A provider of audiovisual communication services is understood to be the natural or legal person who assumes the editorial responsibility of the radio or television service, or of the audiovisual content in question, transmits it or transmits it to a third party.

The requirements to qualify for grants that must be met, apart from those provided in the general base, are the following:

a) The short film will have a regulated start and end period, which must be brought to the knowledge of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies in the terms also established in the agreement.
b) The applicant company must be in charge of the executive production of the project, in such a way that the executive producer must depend on that contractually. Likewise, the expense corresponding to the contribution of the applicant company to the whole project must be invoiced in the name of said company.

c) The short film will be destined to be broadcast in commercial theaters or to participate in festivals, prizes and cinematographic samples, in its original version of qualification or in that which is determined according to the corresponding regulatory base.

d) Short films in digital format must include, at least, the dubbed or subtitled version in Catalan.

e) Not to have sanctions or judicial sentences for having exercised or tolerating labor practices considered discriminatory because of sex or gender.
Only the production costs of the short film will be subsidized according to the regulatory bases of state aid and structure of the Administrative Registry of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Companies.

The amount of aid, the documentation that must be provided, the assessment criteria and the form of payment are established each year by an agreement of the Board of Directors of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises, which is published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat of Catalunya.

What subsidies are granted to the production of fiction feature films?

Grants for the production of fiction feature films are divided into three categories:

a) Auteur projects and debut film or second feature film of a new director.

b) Market-based auteur projects.

c) Projects with high internationalization capacity.

The recipients are those that have been reviewed in the category of subsidies for short films production.

The requirements to apply for the aid are:

a) The filming of the audiovisual work will have a start date established in the Agreement of each year, and if it has not been started at the time of submitting the application, the production company must inform the Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies about the date of start filming in a period no longer than 15 days, and the end of filming in a period not exceeding the next 30 days.

b) In the same way as in the subsidies for the production of short films, the applicant company must carry out the executive production of the project, and the executive producer must depend on it contractually. Likewise, the expenses corresponding to the contribution of the applicant company to the whole project must be invoiced in the name of said company.

c) Co-productions are not admitted in which the participation of the applicant producer company is just financial.

d) Three graduated audiovisual students must take part in the filming, under the regime of practices.

e) Audiovisual works in digital format must include, at least, the dubbed or subtitled version in Catalan.

f) The audiovisual work must be completed within the period established in the agreement published for each year.

g) The feature film must be premiered in Catalonia commercial cinemas in the course of the next nine months following the presentation of the account justifying expenses.

h) A budget is established in each agreement for each one of the modalities that may be chosen by the producer companies.

i) Exhibits must be made, at least, in the number of commercial cinema exhibition rooms in Catalonia according to the modalities, which is established in each Agreement.

j) A minimum investment in promotion and publicity must be made for its commercial premiere in movie theaters of the Spanish State that are specified in each agreement.
l) Applicants may request a grant for a feature film each convocation or for a maximum of two feature films per call if at least one of these is a fiction film made in a co-production with other national or international production companies.

The specific requirements of each modality are the following:

-For market-based auteur projects, you must have a marketing strategy that includes the release of the feature film in Spain and Catalonia showrooms, with special attention in the incorporation of new distribution technologies.

-For projects with high internationalization capacity, a marketing and launch plan must be available.
The eligible costs are those generally foreseen for the production of audiovisual works, the amount, documentation to be presented, valuation criteria and payment method will be established each year by an agreement of the Board of Directors of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies, published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

What subsidies are granted to the production of audiovisual works destined to be broadcast on television?

Subsidies for the production of audiovisual works destined to be broadcast by television can be chosen in two ways: production of miniseries and television fiction feature films or documentaries destined to be broadcast on television.

The differentiating requirements that must be fulfilled in this modality, apart from those already expressed are:

a) Have a definitive contract or  a commitment letter with a company holding the operation of a television channel widely spread in Catalonia, which indicates the amount of contributions.

b) Having guaranteed at least 50% of the financing of the project and crediting it, at the moment of the request of the grant, from agreements, letters of commitment or contracts with companies holding public or private television channels, or distribution companies of other exploitation windows, co-producers (national, international or financial), private financing sources, public subsidies, bank loans for the production of the project, as well as the own resources of the production company duly accredited.

e) A maximum period of execution of the production is fixed in each Agreement.
The grants awarded will not be compatible with other grants for the same purpose from the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises, but will be compatible with other grants from the Department of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia and other dependent organizations, as well as other public or private entities.

In the same way that it has been expressed for other categories, the eligible expenses are those foreseen in general for the production of audiovisual works, and the amount, documentation to be submitted, valuation criteria and method of payment will be established each fiscal year in the agreement of the Board of Directors of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises, which is published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

What subsidies are granted to the production of audiovisual works of animation?

The subsidies for the production of audiovisual works of animation are granted according to the following modalities:

a) Animation series to be broadcast on television.

b) Animation feature films that use and highlight the artistic and technical values ​​of the country and the diversity of Catalan cinematography.

c) Have a commitment letter of a company that owns the operation of a broadcast television channel in Catalonia or with video-on-demand platform accessible from Spanish territory, which specifies the amount of their respective contribution to the project.

d) The animation series must be completed within a maximum period determined by the agreement.

In addition, animated feature films must meet the following requirements:

a) The content of the project can not be derived from any television series already produced.

b) To have guaranteed a financing stipulated in the agreement.

c) Have a marketing and launch plan for the audiovisual work.

d) The audiovisual work must be completed within the periods stipulated in the agreement.

In the same way that happens in other categories, the eligible expenses are those generally foreseen for the production of audiovisual works, and the amount, documentation to be submitted, valuation criteria and form of payment will be established in each year under the Agreement of the Board of Directors of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises, published in the Official Gazette of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

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