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Canary Islands

Canary Islands Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in the Canary Islands? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in the Canary Islands

For an introduction to shooting in the Canary Islands see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Canary Islands Film Locations

An autonomous community of Spain, the Canary Islands are an archipelago located to the west of southern Morocco.

The islands are best known for their beautiful white and black sand beaches, surf breaks, luxury villas, buildings by famous architects, wild nightlife, colonial towns, volcanic peaks, sand dunes, desert roads, pine wood forests, waterfalls, lighthouses, and underwater photography options. Agricultural looks of interest include bananas, oranges, coffee, sugarcane, and tobacco plantations.

The Canary Islands have hosted a long list of TV commercials, stills shoots, and feature films including Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Wrath of the Titans (2012), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), and Intacto (2001). 

From largest to smallest, the main islands including the following:

Tenerife

Tenerife island is the largest and most populous island.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is home to impressive architecture including Santiago Calatrava’s Santa Auditorio de Tenerife, and Tenerife Espacio de las Artes.

El Bollullo is on Tenerife island.

Mount Teide is a volcano on Tenerife.

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura island beaches of note include Corralejo, Sotavento, and El Cotillo.

Gran Canaria

The vast beach sand dunes of Maspalomas on Gran Canaria can double for Sahara desert looks.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote island has Famara, Papagayo, and El Golfo.

Cesar Manrique’s Jameos del Agua is located in Lanzarote.

Timanfaya National Park.

La Palma

National parks of note include Caldera de Taburiente.

Los Cancajos is on La Palma island.

La Gomera

Valle Gran Rey is another beach of note located on La Gomera.

El Hierro

La Graciosa

Smaller Islands & Islets

Include Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Oeste, and Roque del Este.

Canary Islands Film Location Permits

Permitting is a quick and easy process. Most public locations are free of charge. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

The Canary Islands see about 300 days of sunshine each year, making it a great year-round filming destination. Temperatures are hot in summer and mild in winter with mountainous areas cooler still. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Canary Islands are renowned for their year-round celebrations and fiestas, ranging from Catholic festivals to hedonistic parties such as Carnaval which takes place in February / March.

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

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.

Canary Islands Costs & Tax Incentives For Filming

Costs. The Canary Islands trade in the Euro. Local costs are slightly less expensive than major Spanish cities. Our Canary Islands fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. The Canary Islands offer a generous tax rebate of up to 50% on qualifying production spend.

Canary Islands Film Crew & Talent

Crews. The Canary Islands have a small but good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crews are experienced and speak fluent English. Its close proximity to European production centres allows easy access to those pools of creative talent.

Contact us if you are looking for a 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 for your shoot in the Canary Islands.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. The Canary Islands are home to a wide variety of expats from all over Europe.

Canary Islands Film Equipment

Equipment. The Canary Islands have all of the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment for hire. Some specialised equipment such as camera cars are also available locally. Other specialised equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. Spain is an ATA carnet country.

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.

Canary Islands Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction. Experienced art department. Large set construction is expensive compared to places such as Eastern Europe, for example.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Canary Islands Visas & Work Permits For Filming

As a Spanish territory, the rules are the same as on the Spanish mainland. Spain is a member of the Schengen Area. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. US crews can enter and film visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Contact your local Spanish embassy or representative for more information.

Canary Islands Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. The Canary Islands are very well serviced by several international and budget regional airlines. The islands are a short 3 hours flight from several major European airports. Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote all have international airports. Local roads are well maintained.

Accommodation. The Canary Islands offer hundreds of accommodation options. Contact us for special rates at recommended film friendly hotels in the Canary Islands. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. The Canary Islands are a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Try the papas arrugadas con mojo.

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 the Canary Islands, please see below:

Hire Canary Islands Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in the Canary Islands, 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.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.