Feria de Valladolid (Valladolid Trade Fair Centre) will celebrate in October 2021 an event aimed at professionals in the audiovisual industry and those regions and destinations interested in becoming locations for filming television, advertising, music, video game productions, etc. The meeting, Shooting Locations Marketplace, will be held October 21st and 22nd of next year.

The general manager of Feria de Valladolid, Alberto Alonso, has indicated that “Shooting Locations Marketplace was created with the purpose of offering strategic destinations, producers and suppliers in the industry a commercial and business platform, as well as a space for the exchange of knowledge in workshops, conferences and seminars”.

The growth of the audiovisual industry in Spain and the incidence of Brexit in companies in the sector that move their headquarters to the European Union “are facts that lead us to think about the suitability of a project like Shooting, which is born with an international scope,” pointed the manager of the Feria de Valladolid.

The economic repercussions derived from filming on location are undeniable, both from an economic and image point of view. It is estimated that around 30 percent of the budget of a production goes to the locations and it contributes to the impulse of the local audiovisual industry. Those scenarios become tourist destinations themselves as well.

The president of the Spain Film Commission, Carlos Rosado, has pointed out that “Spain is highly considered as a destination for filming in different international forums. With this project we want those decisions makers about shooting locations to know the widest range of options possible”.

Spain Film Commission is a non-profit association, created in 2011, which leads the positioning of Spain as a destination for audiovisual filming and coordinates the network of 31 film commissions and film offices distributed throughout the country.

The Councilor for Culture of the Valladolid City Council, Ana Redondo, pointed out that “cinema is culture, it is art and it is also an industry. The vision that the City Council has in audiovisual matters is comprehensive. Industrial aspects are important and that is why this fair is necessary”.

The director general of Cultural Policies of the Junta de Castilla y León, José Ramón González, underlined “the strategic nature of the film sector for Castilla y León and, especially prominently, the promotion of film shoots. The Film Commission of Castilla y León, an office that, under the auspices and direction of the Junta de Castilla y León, promotes the attraction of filming to the Community, wishes to actively participate in the meeting that will be held in Valladolid in 2021, further reinforcing their close collaboration with the Spain Film Commission and other associated offices ”, he added.

A PwC report on “The opportunity for fiction contents in Spain” presented last year highlighting that “2019-2020 are critical for the consolidation and growth of this industry in Spain compared to other countries that have historically been a pole of attraction in Spanish such as Mexico and Colombia”.

Likewise, the report appealed to “the cooperation of public administrations with the private sector, the modifications in tax regulation or the transposition of directives already approved by the EU that require a minimum volume of European production.”

Shooting Locations Marketplace, an unique initiative in Spain, was presented within the framework of the 65th Seminci (Valladolid International Film Week Festival), and was attended by representatives of the organizations that support the project, such as the Councillor for Culture of Ayuntamiento de Valladolid (Valladolid City Council), Ana Redondo; the general director of Cultural Policies of Junta de Castilla y León, José Ramón González; the vice president of Diputación de Valladolid (Valladolid Provincial Council), Víctor Alonso Monge; the president of the Executive Committee of Feria de Valladolid, Víctor Caramanzana; the president of the Spain Film Commission, Carlos Rosado; and the director of Seminci, Javier Angulo.