“A BORDER IF IT SEPARATES, ALSO UNITES “
The Iberian Peninsula is formed by Spain and Portugal, two geographically unite countries. “
The Iberian Peninsula is separated at the southern tip of North Africa by just a narrow strait at the intersection of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This important geographical position played an important role in the history of this peninsula. Geography and topography are reflected in the climate. The mountainous regions in the north are considerably colder than in the south, with winter snow in the Serra da Estrêla and the Pyrenees near the northern border. The weather along the northern coasts and in the center of the peninsula is milder; Lisbon has an average high temperature of 14 °C in January and 27 °C in August, while July is the hottest month in Madrid with an average temperature of 24.5 °C (76 °F). The Algarve and Andalusia are warmer with the most sunshine hours per year in Europe (the weather in the south and partly also the east of the peninsula offers more than 300 sunny days a year.) The ocean moderates coastal temperatures, but the interior of the Alentejo and Andalusia can be quite warm, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 40C during the summer months.
Separated from France by the towering Pyrenees, the history and culture of this region often evolved with an iconic non-European character. It eventually turned into a celebrated region whose cultural heritage has taken a different path from the rest of Europe.
Who we are. Production Companies Seaquist and Production Algarve joined forces, bundled their services, knowledge and experience in film, photographic, TV and commercial productions in Spain and Portugal.
This location website is a portal for this special collaboration between 2 borderless production companies on the Iberian Peninsula.
The Film industry in the Iberian Peninsula
Thanks to their temperate climate and easy accessibility to the sea places, Lisbon and the Algarve in Portugal, and Barcelona and Andalucia in Spain are Europe's most favourite locations to shoot film, tv and commercial productions. The combination of extensive and diverse location backgrounds, great climate, multiple airport hubs and depth of tourism infrastructure are factors that make this peninsula a prime choice for visiting producers. These 2 countries are no longer distant lands for international film and TV shooting as the industry grows dramatically amid a tidal wave of government funding. Portugal and Spain have been at the forefront of international shoots in recent years.
Both Portugal and Spain are part of 12 bilateral film co-production treaties. In addition, they are an integral part of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, Eurimages, Ibermedia and the Ibero-American Cinematographic Co-production Agreement, which allows for possible co-productions with more than 60 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Both Spanish (ICAA) and Portuguese (ICA) institutions offer supports for film production and both also offer tax incentive schemes.
In May 2020, as the first wave COVID-19 embroiled the peninsula, Spain’s PSOE socialist government raised the cap from €3 million ($3.6 million) to $14.4 million for both tax rebates for international projects and tax credits for local productions. Deduction rates edged up from 25% to 30% of investment.
Portugal created one of the most competitive incentive systems in Europe (PIC PORTUGAL): a cash rebate, funded by the Tourism Board. You can benefit from a 30% Cash Rebate, with a minimum investment of 500K for Feature Films and TV Series, and 250K for Documentaries and Post-Production. Luckily our incentive works like a subsidy making the rebate almost instant.
Even in such a globally competitive marketplace, both Spain and Portugal remains one of the world’s leading destinations for producers wishing to capture content,
With rebates rising in both countries, creators wanting to shoot in the Iberian Peninsula today easily justify it to their respective financial and production departments and the number of international productions grew “exponentially,” despite the pandemic.
It is important to note that Spain and Portugal are both members of Eurimages and therefore a co-production between these countries allows the co-producers to apply for Eurimages support . This support is selective and refundable.
Finally, we can highlight that generally a co-production with more than 2 co-producers are favored to benefit from this support.
In view of the above, it appears that collaborations between Spain or Portugal benefit from many possibilities of financing and can be highly considered in the development and production of films. Within such international collaborations, it is essential to ensure that the relationships between producers and their partners are effectively framed both for development, production and distribution of the films.
Talent. The global success via Netflix, of “Money Heist” “Élite" and “Gloria” , movies : "There's Always Hope", “The Platform” , "The Infernal Machine" and “Below Zero” and "Game of Thrones" have raised the international profile of local talent, becoming a pillar of our industry growth.
The audiovisual industry can boast a significant cast of multicultural, technical and artistic professionals with a solid education and a very wide experience in national and international shoots. They are able to execute the most complex productions and they integrate successfully into an international team . Our manufacturing services make it easier to access sites, provide equipment and materials and are fundamental to achieving tax incentives and financing.
Film Locations This website offers a wide variety of categorized filming locations on the Iberian Peninsula. Producers who want to film here can choose from a comprehensive selection of filming locations, that display the variety of places and diversity of the area... from city locations such as Lisbon, Madrid, Porto, Barcelona or Seville with historical and cultural heritage, to unique and privileged natural environments that provide an attractive framework for any film, TV or commercial production Shooting on the Iberian Peninsula has the best and most affordable on offer for: beaches, landscapes, villas, roads, modern architecture and urban locations