Growing Availability of Production Infrastructure in Spain

Emiliano de Pablos
13 June 2023
FUERTE: San Francisco de Guadalajara

FUERTE: San Francisco de Guadalajara

Numerous projects seek to meet the demands of the industry by expanding and constructing new film studios

As platforms have reached new heights and record-breaking tax incentives for both local and international shoots have grown, there has been a huge demand for production facilities in Spain.

This demand is encouraging many developers to carry out projects to expand or build new infrastructure to meet the needs of the industry.

In addition, the main international production companies have been focused on cost control and sustainability for some time now, which has led them to look to Spain, with its exciting ability to produce content that’s both high quality and profitable.
Next Generation Funds
Project financing is public in some cases —often from European Union Next Generation funds— or backed by private capital, while others combine both sources.

The following is an overview of the new film studio projects —some already under construction, others at least announced— that demonstrate Spain's determination to grow and improve its service infrastructure:  
-Strategically located between Barcelona, the Mediterranean, and the Pyrenees, the Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya in Terrassa is a 53,196 m2 production center with four sets, two backlots, and multiple locations. Its 6,000 m2 expansion, which will include the construction of new sets between 1,500 and 2,500 m2, will be completed by 2024, according to estimates by the Generalitat.
The project is part of Catalunya Media City, an ambitious hotspot for the audiovisual and video game industry, located in the Three Chimneys area of Sant Adrià de Besòs.  
-The Castilla-La Mancha Film Cityis being planned in Guadalajara, in the Fuerte de San Francisco. It aspires to become one of the most important film studios in Europe. The partners estimate that it will receive an investment of 8 million euros from Next Generation Funds.
Today, the 20,000 m2 Fuerte de San Francisco includes early 20th century military installations and a 13th century church, which could work as natural settings.
Since 2017, the Castilla-La Mancha Film Commission and the Guadalajara City Council have been offering these facilities as a multi-location space, where productions by Netflix, Movistar Plus, Mediaset, Prime Video, and Sony Pictures have already been shot.  
A specialized consultancy is currently detailing which value-added peripheral services could complement the current offering.


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