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.
Oficina Burman, the production headquarters for Argentinian writer/director/producer Daniel Burman, has announced co-productions with Netflix, Spanish powerhouse MediaPro and Brazilian giant Globo. For Netflix, Burman is filming the company’s first original series in Argentina, Edha, set against the fashion and music scene in Buenos Aires.
Nothing official as yet but Ana Aizenberg, executive director of international affairs at INCAA, says the establishment of a national fiscal incentive is a priority. Some regional commissions offer their own incentives, including a fund launched in the San Luis province in April. Producers can use these cumulatively.
Infrastructure and crews
It can take more than a day to travel from the US or Europe to Argentina, but producers say the relatively low costs of crews, services and accommodation, and beneficial exchange rates, can make the trip worth it. Argentina’s own legacy of filmmaking means plenty of talented crews and fully equipped services and facilities. Film commissions offer assistance with permits, locations and local connections.
Buenos Aires is well located as a production hub and a launching point in the middle of the country, which is home to a variety of climates and natural settings including mountains, jungles, coasts, cities and towns. Regular flights connect the capital city to the US and Europe, and cities nationally.
Juan de Dios Larrain, producer, Neruda, says:
“Argentina has a variety of locations that are very difficult to find in other countries. If you’re wondering whether a film can be made there or not, go there. Take a flight and go where you need to go, north or south. This type of trip not only confirms whether it’s viable or not, but you see the locations that are also an actor in the film and can positively influence the story and dramatic turns, and complement ideas for the scenes themselves.”
First person to call
Ana Aizenberg, executive director, international affairs, INCAA
Tel: +54 11 4382 7919 / 28
Need to know
- DO consider the architecturally diverse Buenos Aires as a stand-in for European or US cities, especially when seasons need to be swapped.
- DO look into incentives offered by regional film commission offices.
- DO use a local producer.
- DON’T overlook boutique hotels in Buenos Aires, such as Ultra and Home, in the upscale Palermo district.