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REEL BENEFITS Film Makers Flock To Canaries

Wednesday February 7, 2018

REEL BENEFITS Film Makers Flock To Canaries

Foreign film makers flocked to the Canaries last year, generating a thousand jobs and 30 million euros in direct investment in the process.

Film production in the Canary Islands really took off last year, as the number of shoots tripled versus 2013 figures, thanks to generous tax breaks and benefits for foreign crews.

A total of 32 features, documentaries and TV series were filmed across the archipelago, best epitomised by Disney’s decision to shoot some of the Star Wars saga on Fuerteventura during the course of 2017.

In recent years a whole host of blockbusters such as the Bourne franchise, Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea and Robert Zemeckis’ Allied have all been filmed in the Canaries. A trend that is expected to continue thanks to some of the most attractive tax exemptions in Europe and proactive attempts by the government to lure further productions to the Canary Islands.

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