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Production services in Madrid

The Community of Madrid is the perfect place to shoot all kinds of audiovisual productions. It is Spain’s most populated area with the highest economic activity in the country being an influential national and international cultural center.

At Camaleon Cinema Services, we are working daily to carry out your shoot i...


Production services in Madrid

The Community of Madrid is the perfect place to shoot all kinds of audiovisual productions. It is Spain’s most populated area with the highest economic activity in the country being an influential national and international cultural center.

At Camaleon Cinema Services, we are working daily to carry out your shoot in the best way possible. We provide to our customers integral audiovisual production services with our own camera, lighting and grip equipment. Furthermore, we have technical and artistic local staff prepared to give their all on any kind of audiovisual production.


Which locations offers Madrid?

Madrid is a city with many important historic places (palaces, churches, museums, gardens, parks) that coexist with skyscrapers and other typical buildings of a modern city.

In the city centre are located the places with more artistic and architectural interest. The nerve centre of the city is Puerta del Sol. From this point, start the main roads of all the country. Very close to this place, there are the Plaza Mayor, the Royal Theatre, the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. This area is known as The Madrid of the Austrians.

On the other side of Puerta del Sol, following Alcala street, it is located the Spanish National Bank, the Cibeles Fountain and the impressive Communications Palace which is the current headquarter of Madrid council. In the same street, it is the famous Puerta de Alcalá and the Retiro Park where you can find numerous sculptures and the Glass Palace..

Near the Retiro Park, in the Paseo del Prado is located the Art Triangle where it is the Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofía museums. Directly opposite of the iconic Atocha Station.


In the north of Gran Vía street, the main artery of the city centre, are Chueca and Malasaña which are the most alternative neighbourhoods in the city with a lot of nightlife. At the end of Gran Vía street, it is located Plaza España, the country’s largest square with almost 37.000 m2. Very close to this square, it is the Debod Temple, an egyptian temple that was translated stone by stone as a gratitude to Spain for helping to build the Aswan Dam.

Apart from all these places, it is important to mention the National Library, Capricho’s Park, Casa de Campo, Sabatini Gardens, Las Ventas Bullring, Pardo Palace, Madrid Río Park or the Palace of the Parliament.

There are other part of the city, concentrated around the Paseo de la Castellana street with modern buildings and skyscrapers which is the main business area of the city. Here you can find the Kio Towers, the Picasso Tower, the Four Towers Business Area and the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The Madrid surroundings

Near Madrid, there are numerous towns with spectacular locations to carry out any kind of audiovisual production.

In Alcalá de Henares, declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO, there are many buildings with centuries of history. Among them we can highlight the house of Miguel de Cervantes, the Comedy Theatre which is one of the oldest in Europe or San Ildefonso College where some of the greatest spanish writers have studied.

Chinchon has a Main Square with singular balconies of the XVII century where many film productions have been shoot. The Clarisas Convent is other essential place to visit in Chinchon.

In Aranjuez there is a Royal Palace with magnificent gardens, a neo-mudejar style railway station and a Caballeros y Oficios House among other places with a wide artistic and architectural interest.

At a few kilometres from Madrid there are the north mountains, a green area with natural parks, forests, waterfalls and small towns where life is more calmly. In this area is located the Escorial Monastery, in the town of the same name, The Paular Monastery in Rascafría, The Mendoza Castle in Manzanares el Real, the Pontón de la Oliva or the singular town Patones de Arriba.

Among the natural places we can highlight the Pedriza with the largest granitic whole in Europe, Cabrera mountains, Purgatorio waterfall, Peñalara Natural Park, Montejo Beech Forest, Sierra del Rincón Biosphere Reserve, Lozoya Valley or the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park.


Other cities close to Madrid

Outside Madrid Community but very close, there are many cities with interesting locations for TV, commercial or film productions.

Toledo is a great relevance city where Moorish, Christian and Jewish cultures have lived together. It is a city full of monuments and museums. The historic quarter, surrounded by the Tagus river, the Alcazar, the Jewish district,  the Alcántara Bridge, the Zocodover square or the viewing point over the Tagus river are some of the main attractions in Toledo.

In Segovia highlights the Roman Aqueduct, the historic centre and the Alcazar located on the top of a hill.

Madrid, a big centre of audiovisual production

In Madrid are located the most important TVs, commercial and film companies of Spain, making the city a 24/7 film studio. The large amount of artistic and technical resources of the city, make possible to carry out the numerous productions that come to Madrid to film at the same time.

Directors like Pedro Almodóvar or Álex de la Iglesia, usually choose Madrid to shoot their films.


With a continental Mediterranean climate, in Madrid you can enjoy more than 2.700 hours of sunshine per year. The average annual temperature is 15º C. Winters are moderately cold and summers are hot. The best time to shoot is spring and autumn. Furthermore, the city has a thermal amplitude around 10º C due to the remoteness to the sea. The rainfall don’t use to be abundant.


Madrid has an infraestructures at the same level as other European capitals like London, Berlin or Paris. The high touristic quality brings excellent accommodations and gastronomy. You can find all types of hotels and restaurants with different categories and prices.Also, the public and transportation services are very efficient.

Located in the middle of the country, Madrid is connected with the rest of Spain through 6 radial highways and high speed trains. The circumvallated M-30, M-40 and M-50  roads connect different points of Madrid Community.


The International Airport Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas is located at just 12 km from Madrid. It is the biggest in the country and it has the capacity to move 50 million passengers per year.

Moreover, Madrid has a large public transport infrastructures. The Metro network has 301 stations connecting practically every point in the city in a quick and easy way. Furthermore, all the Community is communicated by a wide range bus and train service that allow to get anywhere in the Community of Madrid.

At Camaleon Cinema Services we have our head office in Madrid. It is a city that we perfectly know and we have access to the best technical and artistic staff willing to work hard to bring out the best in your project. Contact us.


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

Madrid’s Community has the same tax deductions that are common in the rest of the Spanish territory, with the exception of the Canary Islands, Navarre and the Basque Country. The tax regulation regarding audiovisual productions is regulated by the rule 36, sections 1 and 2 of the Law 27/2014, of November 27th, 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, and whose information is in detail in Spain.

We highlight two mandatory requirements for Spanish productions made in Spain: obtaining the nationality certificate and the obligation to deposit a new and in perfect condition copy of the film in the Spanish National Film Archive or other entity established by the Community of Madrid.

Tax benefits may also be applied to foreign productions of feature films and other audiovisual works, provided that the producers, regardless of their nationality, must be registered in the Cinematographic Companies Registration of the spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and comply with some obligations regulated in the Law.

What aids can film production companies obtain for their audiovisual productions in the Community of Madrid?

The Community of Madrid aim for the promotion of filming in its territory in order to promote its landscape and its heritage through the realization of audiovisual works with cultural interest and outstanding artistic quality.


Annually, Madrid’s Community announces grants to film production companies aimed at the development and promotion of feature and short films, establishing in each call the amount of aid and the application period. These aids may be compatible with others granted by public administrations or private entities if there are not incompatibilities expressed in the regulatory bases of each call. The producers can choose one or more categories to apply for an aid.

-Production of short films, whether fiction, animation or documentaries, which necessarily have a final result in a cinema format. The aid can be requested by individuals or entities whose purpose is to make audiovisual projects. Valuation criteria will be taken into account such as the cultural interest, screenplay, memory, novelty, originality of the project, its link with the Community of Madrid, as well as the viability of the project and its suitability to the budget, the production plan and the financing plan. Likewise, the professional career of the production company or its components, the productions carried out and their impact will be considered as well as the cinematographic training of the director, scriptwriter and technical and artistic teams.

-Production of feature films, the owners of independent production companies that request the subsidy must prove a minimum of two years of audiovisual activity. Its components an accredited professional career in the three previous years. International co-productions must be admitted by the Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts Institute. Non-profit entities or groups of individuals that do not have their own legal status may not be submitted.

-Development of feature films, which subsidize the development of fiction, documentary or animation feature film projects that can be materialized in an audiovisual work for public exhibition. The aid can be requested by Individuals or legal entities that are holders of independent production companies with residence in a member state of the European Union. The company must have an audiovisual or cinematographic activity of at least two years prior to the date of the application.
The expenses associated with the production of the feature film before the shoot will be financed, including costs for improving the screenplay, search locations, casting, manage financial resources, distribution plans, third party advice on technological aspects of the project, acquisition of rights and investigation in archives, elaboration of the graphic script, realization of the budget and others that have relation with the project development.
These grants will be compatible with others, whether private or public, provided that the total of the subsidies received, plus the amount granted by the Community of Madrid, does not exceed one hundred percent of the cost of the budgeted project.
Other requirements to consider are:

1. In the case of co-productions, only the one that has the higher percentage may be a beneficiary of the aid.
2. The projects submitted to the call must have at least 10% of the funding needed to cover the total cost of the project, in accordance with the budget that has been submitted.
3. The projects that at the time of your request have already started shooting will not be able to access the aids.

-Screenpay creation. The aim is to promote creativity in the field of cinematography. The Madrid Community residents may apply for this assistance. They must have the status of a new author, meaning that he has not published, released or professionally displayed more than three works. In cases of co-authorship, all the authors of a single project will be considered beneficiaries of the aid, and those who have obtained it in one of the two immediately preceding calls will not be able to opt for it.
The applicant must submit a project with a report, a synopsis and a sequenced treatment. The cultural interest, the design of elements, the expository clarity, the contribution to the current enrichment of the creation, its originality and innovation will be valued. The professional merits, the previous works and their repercussion will be also taken into account.


Can non-profit entities obtain grants for the production of audiovisual works?

The answer is affirmative as long as they meet three requirements:
1º. Be enrolled in the regional or national Register, with a minimum age of two years.
2º. Carry out the subsidized activity in the Madrid’s Community territory. This activity should be related to cinematography.
3º. Not be a beneficiary of a subsidy in the year of the request for aid for audiovisual production.
The project must be carried out in the computable period indicated in the call, attaching a budget of expenditure and financing. A report of the cultural activities carried out in the two previous years will be attached. The expenses of maintenance and ordinary operation of the entity, including the meals and representation expenses, will not be subsidized.


CAMALEON CINEMA SERVICES has collected all the information about tax deductions, grants and subsidies. The audiovisual production companies and investors can use this information to see if their projects can benefit from the tax deductions and grants granted by the government of Spain and the Community of Madrid. We advise, manage and study each project to see if the requirements for obtaining the tax benefits and subsidies are fulfilled in order to carry it out.