40% of the Spanish film industry is based in Catalonia, a region that produces around 80 films per year. Being a small market, Catalan production companies have always been interested in finding foreign partners to work on their films, and the region offers various mechanisms and incentives that benefit film co-productions. A total of 18 international co-productions were made in 2018: 9 were majority coproduction, 8 minority coproduction and 1 was an equal coproduction, .
Catalan Films & TV offers Catalan production houses the possibility of attending the most important international markets so they can find foreign financing for their projects. In addition, it also advises production companies from other countries interested in co-producing with Catalonia and facilitates the contact between both businesses.
A new Minority Coproduction Fund has been announced by ICEC in 2020. The purpose of this fund is to support the production of fiction, documentary and animated feature films with a minority Catalan share. The objective is to foster creative, professional and artistic exchange between Catalonia and the rest of the world. And to support films of high artistic quality and production value that may reach a national and international audience.
Current coproduction agreements:
Catalonia is a window that will allow any international producer to access a mix of regional funds, state funds and international funds such as Ibermedia, Media or Eurimages.
ICEC (Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies) is the agency responsible for supporting film production and cinema with lines that can support from the development to the exhibition. With a strong support to the production of features, documentaries and animation. On 2020 the general budget of the catalan film fund is 17,2M€.
On the following brochure you’ll be able to have a more detailed look of what Catalonia has to offer at a funding level.
Spain offers tax incentives for international shoots in the form of a tax rebate of up to 30%. Production service companies based in Spain are essential when it comes to applying for these tax incentives and benefits, as well as for other production assistance and inland revenue enquiries.
In order to obtain these incentives, the company must spend a minimum of one million Euros in the country, employ a percentage of local staff, and the incentives plus grants can never be higher than the equivalent of 50% of the production costs. There are also incentives available to national shoots and co-productions.
If you want to know which companies have co-produced with Catalonia, please use the search engine provided.