The state-backed Trinidad & Tobago Film Company (FilmTT) was launched a little over a decade ago as a headquarters for the local film industry and to provide logistical support and film commission services to any productions interested in shooting on this pair of South Caribbean islands. Trinidad & Tobago is seeking to boost local production and attract international shoots with an incentive programme offering cash rebates of up to 55%.
Author - Jennifer Green
Argentina is ramping up its efforts to become a key centre for international film shoots in South America. INCAA, the national film institute, announced the creation of the national Film Commission Argentina in 2016, linking all of its local commissions together, and a national fiscal incentive is in the works.
It is telling that, before its recent sale, Pinewood Studios signed a memo of understanding to study the possibility of a production studio in Chile with local partner Chile Studio Group (CSG). The territory, which has opposite seasons to the northern hemisphere, is strategically located to serve local and international productions in Central and South America, and itself offers a diversity of
climates, landscapes and ethnicities.
Colombia is on a roll. The list of talents to have graced its shores include Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem (Escobar), Tom Cruise (American Made), Daniel Radcliffe (Jungle), Robert Pattinson (The Lost City Of Z), Billy Zane (Sniper 7: Homeland Security), Mickey Rourke (Blunt Force Trauma) and Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche (The 33).
Zorro, in the form of Gael Garcia Bernal, will swashbuckle across the Dominican Republic (DR) this year in 20th Century Fox’s Z. Written and directed by Jonas Cuaron, the film will shoot at the Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios in late 2017, with local production support from Sobini Films and Lantica Pictures. The latter’s parent company Lantica Media is the majority owner of the studios in partnership with the Pinewood Group.
In the film industry at least, it does not appear US president Donald Trump’s rhetoric about a border wall is affecting business. Mexico Film Commission representatives say the relationship between the two countries is as solid and professional as ever. US producers say they will continue to film in Mexico, drawn by the proximity, economical yet experienced crews and services, and wide variety of landscapes.
Panama’s size, safety and geographically exceptional location as a connector of oceans and continents are selling points for international projects planning a Latin American shoot. The well-maintained road network quickly connects jungles and mountains to coastline in a country smaller than Ireland and split roughly in half by its famous canal.