Argentina hit the headlines in 2015 when the cast and crew of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Oscar winner The Revenant had to relocate from Canada to the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego in search of snow. It was a reminder of Argentina’s vast geographic diversity.
Category - Latin America and Caribbean
Chile is a country that offers a wide variety of landscapes and climates, broad ethnic diversity and counter seasons to the northern hemisphere.
A generous new cash rebate and the end of its devastating drug wars have opened up Colombia to international productions. The creation of Colombia Film Fund in 2012 launched an enticing 40% rebate for international productions shooting in the country.
The opening of Pinewood Studios in the Dominican Republic in 2013 marked a turning point for its status as a film location. “It put us on the map,” says the island’s film commissioner, Yvette Marichal. The latest in Pinewood’s studio portfolio, the Caribbean site boasts 50,000 sq ft of sound stage and a 60,500 sq ft exterior water tank, unique to the region, as part of its state-of-the-art facilities.
Mexico is a massive country with widely diverse locations and obvious advantages for US productions in terms of proximity. It also has something many other countries in the region do not: a long tradition of film-making that has trained excellent crews, supported a healthy service sector and nurtured film-makers such as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro.
The much-heralded expansion of the Panama Canal reminded the world again of its host country’s unique position as a link between oceans and continents. That geographic exceptionality is also a major selling point for international film shoots looking for a Latin American location.
The group of Caribbean islands known as the US Virgin Islands (USVI) — technically an ‘unincorporated and organised territory’ of the US — is known in production circles mostly for the diversity of its locations, which range from beaches (of many different types), farmland, rain forest and rolling hills to European-style towns and cosmopolitan settings. The locations have doubled for Afghanistan, Greece, Florida and even New York City.