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Argentina Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Argentina? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Argentina? See below for an introduction to Argentina locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Argentina Film Locations

Argentina offers a wealth of unique looks as well as many locations that double for other countries. It is a popular destination for productions looking to shoot opposite season looks such as city summer looks in January or snow-covered mountains in July.

Argentina offers modern and old world city looks, stunning car commercial roads and bridges, coastal towns, colonial architecture, US suburban looks, glaciers, mountains, forests, valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, jungles, vineyards, deserts and salt plains. Argentina also has an abundance of cattle ranches as well as wheat, barley and sunflower fields.

Locations in Argentina can be divided by several regions:

Pampas. The capital Buenos Aires is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. As well as offering unique locations, Buenos Aires easily doubles for New York, London and Paris looks. Locations of note include the colourful neighborhood of La Boca, a modern city skyline, Plaza de Mayo, Teatro Colón, Casa Rosada, Japanese Gardens, Recoleta Cemetery, El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore, and La Bombonera stadium. Buenos Aires is the main film production centre so all crew and equipment need to travel from there. It also serves as a regional production hub.

Heading out of Buenos Aires you can find Tigres, and Córdoba colonial looks.

Many of Argentina’s spectacular natural looks required considerable travel outside of Buenos Aires.

North East. Iguazu Falls are the main location of interest to filmmakers and photographers.

North West. Salta is known for the Train to the Clouds, and the town of Cafayate. Other location of note include Quebrada de Humahuaca, Cerro de los Siete Colores, Salar de Arizaro, and San Miguel de Tucumán.

Cuyo is the wine-producing, mountainous area of central-west Argentina Mendoza. Locations of note include Ischigualasto Provincial Park, and Aconcagua which is the highest peak outside of Asia.

Patagonia. El Calafate is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home to the massive Perito Moreno Glacier. Other locations include the Tierra del Fuego National Park, and Bariloche snow region.

Films such as Operation Finale, The Revenant, Evita, Moonraker, Seven Years in Tibet, and The Motorcycle Diaries were shot in Argentina.

Argentina Film Location Permits

Buenos Aires shoots that require traffic control take about 1 week to permit. Downtown streets can only be shut down on the weekend. If you are doing a simple b-roll shoot, with only a basic camera / tripod setup, without any talent, lights or street control required, you can usually get away without any permits. Drone filming, filming restricted government buildings, historic locations or national parks require special permits. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

The Argentine climate varies considerably depending on the time of year, latitude, proximity to the sea and the altitude. The principal climates are warm, temperate, arid and cold. In Buenos Aires summer runs from December to March, fall runs from March to May, winter runs from May to August, and spring runs from August to November. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Argentina.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Argentina offers good value for money compared to costs in the US and Western Europe. The currency has been known to fluctuate so watch this space. Projects that shoot outside of Buenos Aires may add considerably to the cost of filming as crew and equipment may need to be brought in. That said, our Argentinian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Argentina. However, Foreign companies are not charged the 21% national tax on production services. Also regarding accommodation, foreign companies are not charged the 17% national tax on rooms. There is an unavoidable 5% tax over the hotel’s rate. Argentina offers many opportunities for film and TV co-productions.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Argentina has a good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers.

Crews are union and the rules are strictly enforced. Argentina has a good depth of world-class crews that speak fluent English. Most crews are based in Buenos Aires but there are smaller pools of crew in some of the smaller cities too.

Contact us if you are looking for a Buenos Aires based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Argentina.

Talent is only union and the rules are strictly enforced by the Argentine Actors Association. Talent works to a 12 hour shoot day and then overtime applies. The union must be informed 48 hours prior to shooting with talent. Please contact us for day rates and buyouts.

Argentina has a very good and diverse pool of talent. As far as multicultural looks go there is a good depth of Caucasian, African and Asian talent. East Indian looks as less readily available.

– S.I.C.A (Technician Crew Union) 23,3%
– A.A.A (Argentinean Actors’ Association) 6%
– Holidays & Pocket Money: 15,33%

Premiums. The shooting day is 12 hours for the crew and 8:45hrs for talent (at night 7:10hrs). Overtime for crew is calculated at time and a half and turnaround hours are 100%. Crews are paid double for 7th day. There are no talent premiums for weekends, holiday or nights.

Argentina Film Equipment

Argentina has several companies supplying camera, grip and lighting equipment. Most camera equipment is Arri and there is a wide range of HD cameras available. There is a wide selection of cranes, dollies and remote heads. Stabilized heads, camera-cars and shot-makers are of the highest standard. Panavision equipment, Russian Arms, Motion Control must be brought from abroad. Camera y Luces is one of the major equipment suppliers. Most equipment houses are based in Buenos Aires but there are some basic equipment rental options in some of the smaller cities too.

Argentina is not an ATA carnet country. If you are bringing in professional film, video or audio equipment this requires advance customs clearance through a local production service company / customs broker. 

Visiting crew that are bringing in a very small amount of basic gear may try to get away with bringing in gear as carry on.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction are excellent and highly experienced.

Studios. There are several well equipped studios in Buenos Aires.

Post Production. Buenos Aires has very good post facilities including VFX, animation, editing, and film labs.

Visas & Work Permits

Western crews entering as tourist / business travellers can visit visa-free for stays of up to 90 days.

Although some crews choose to enter as tourists, to be safe, work visas are recommended, especially if you will be working on a larger film shoot, or filming in national parks, or staying over the 90 day period.

Work visas are applied for at your local Argentine consulate with an invitation letter from an Argentine Production Company that is registered with the ReNURE. The original letter needs to be sent with all the required stamps granted by local notaries. Once the letter is received it can take up to a month to process.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure is up to known and expected world standards.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Buenos Aires and other parts of Argentina. Hotels of note include:

Atempo Design Hotel, Buenos Aires
The Glu Boutique Hotel, Buenos Aires
Home Hotel, Buenos Aires

Final Notes

Safety. Argentina is a safe place for foreign productions. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Argentine grill, Malbecs, and tango halls.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Argentina, please see below:

Hire Argentina Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Argentina, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Argentina, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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