Filming – Tenerife’s booming economic sector

Tenerife president Carlos Alonso and Tenerife Film Commission head Ricardo Martínez. Photo: Tenerife Cabildo
Tenerife president Carlos Alonso (l) and Tenerife Film Commission head Ricardo Martínez (r). Photo: Tenerife Cabildo

The Tenerife Cabildo says that its filming economy is becoming ever more important, with a total of 68 national and international audiovisual productions in 2014 being shot here bringing in revenue of €8m. This newly booming economic sector was announced this week at a press conference by Tenerife president Carlos Alonso, who said that the figure had increased 400% in this last twelve months, compared to just €1.5m in 2013. “These are very good results”, said Alonso, “which will be improved and consolidated by tax incentives for filming defined in the new Economic and Fiscal Regime of the Canary Islands (REF), bringing employment opportunities along with tourism promotional benefits”.

Of the 68 productions filmed here last year, eight were feature films (compared with three in 2013), including Nobody Wants The Night starring Juliette Binoche and MaMa starring Penelope Cruz. Germany headed the list of countries filming here, with 21 productions, followed by the UK with 14, and Spain 10. Since its inception in 2000, the Tenerife Film Commission (TFC) has dealt with over a thousand filming projects, including Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans (2010-2011, USA) and Fast and Furious 6 (2012, USA), resulting in some €54m generated for Tenerife. In 2015 several projects are already lined up, including Dr Who which was filming here recently.

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