Argentina Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
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Filming in Argentina
For an introduction to shooting in Argentina see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, fringes, premiums, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, 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, deserts and salt plains.
In terms of agricultural film locations, Argentina has an abundance of cattle ranches, vineyards, as well as wheat, barley, corn, soybean, and sunflower fields. Industrial locations include factories that produce automobiles, food processing, chemicals, and a range of other products. The country mines aluminum, lead, copper, zinc, silver, and gold. Energy locations include thermal power plants, hydroelectric dams, and nuclear power plants.
Productions such as The Two Popes (2019), Black Panther (2018), Operation Finale (2018), Wild Tales (2014), The Revenant (2015), X-Men: First Class (2011), Children of Men (2006), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), Evita (1996), and Moonraker (1979) were shot in Argentina.
Locations in Argentina can be divided by several regions:
Includes the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Santa Fe, and La Pampa.
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, Congressional Plaza, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Kirchner Cultural Centre, Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires, Casa Rosada, Jardín Japonés, Recoleta Cemetery, Galileo Galilei planetarium, Palacio Barolo, Puente De La Mujer, 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. National Library of the Argentine Republic is a brutalist building.
Tigre is known for the Municipal Museum of Fine Art, La Marina Rowing Club, and its many riverside country clubs.
Córdoba is known for its Spanish colonial architecture including Plaza de San Martin, Plaza Colón, Evita Fine Arts Museum, Teatro del Libertador General San Martín, Cathedral of Córdoba, and Capuchin Church.
Many of Argentina’s spectacular natural looks required considerable travel outside of Buenos Aires.
Includes the provinces of Formosa, Chaco, and Santiago del Estero.
Includes the provinces of Misiones, Entre Ríos, and Corrientes.
The Argentinian side of Iguaçu Falls are located in Misiones. Half of the river’s flow falls into a long and narrow canyon called the Devil’s Throat. Black Panther (2018), The Mission (1986), and Moonraker (1979) filmed at the Iguaçu Falls.
Includes the provinces of Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán, and Catamarca
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, Salinas Grandes salt flats, Los Cardones National Park, and San Miguel de Tucumán. Pucará de Tilcara is a pre-Inca fortification. Nevado Ojos del Salado is an active volcano.
Includes the provinces of San Juan, La Rioja, Mendoza, and San Luis.
Cuyo is the wine-producing, mountainous area of central-west Argentina Mendoza. Locations of note include Ischigualasto Provincial Park, Parque Nacional Talampaya, and Aconcagua which is the world’s highest peak outside of Asia. Las Leñas and Los Penitentes are ski resorts in this region. Seven Years in Tibet (1997) filmed in Mendoza.
Includes the provinces of Rio Negro, Neuquén, Chubut, Santa Cruz, and Tierra del Fuego.
El Calafate is the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, home to the massive Perito Moreno Glacier. Other locations include the Tierra del Fuego National Park, Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Torres del Paine National Park, Parque Nacional Los Alerces, Lanín National Park, Parque Nacional Los Arrayanes, Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, and Bariloche snow region. Llao Llao Hotel would make for a great haunted hotel location. Cerro Catedral and Catedral Alta are ski areas. Ushuaia features in the final scene of The Revenant (2015). Cerro Castor is a ski resort. Glaciarium Patagonian Ice is located in this region. La Trochita is a steam train railway running 402 km through the foothills of the Andes. The picturesque lakeside resort town of Villa La Angostura hosted X-Men: First Class (2011) and The Motorcycle Diaries (2004).
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.
Events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:
• Gualeguaychú Carnival in February
• Vendimia in Mendoza in March
• Buenos Aires International Film Festival in April
• Buenos Aires Tango Festival in August
Argentina is a predominately Christian country so those holidays are observed.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Argentina.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
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 director, DoP / cinematographer, videographer / camera operator, stills photographer, or any other film crew for your shoot in Argentina.
If you are an exceptionally talented Argentinian director, DoP / cinematographer, videographer / camera operator, or stills photographer, introduce yourself here.
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.
Argentinians speak Spanish. Many actors and models also speak English.
Argentina has a very good pool of experienced multicultural talent. Most Argentinians are Caucasians especially of Italian and Spanish decent. There are also communities of Jewish, Amerindian, Arab, Asian, Romani, and African people.
– 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
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.
Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.
For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
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:
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:
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