- Event organised by Feria de Valladolid and Spain Film Commission
- The participation of destinations, location scouts, producers and companies from the sector has increased by 30%
Shooting Locations Marketplace celebrates from today its second edition, which sees a 30 percent increase in the participation of location scouts, producers, shooting destinations and companies providing services to the audiovisual industry. Professionals from twelve nationalities will meet at this event, which is jointly organised by Feria de Valladolid and Spain Film Commission and sponsored by the Valladolid City Council.
The Mayor of Valladolid, Óscar Puente, mentioned that “Shooting Locations Marketplace was born with the aim of becoming a benchmark in Europe and is on its way to achieving it. The data suggests that these bases are being consolidated, which is helped by its adaptation to the lines of action of the Spain Audiovisual Hub of Europe Plan promoted by the Spanish Government, with funding from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan”.
The president of the Spain Film Commission, Carlos Rosado, added to this line of consolidation of objectives and pointed out that Shooting Locations Marketplace “starts with magnificent prospects and the challenge of consolidating this meeting as a reference point for the audiovisual industry in our country and in the world, while contributing to the success of the “Spain, Audiovisual Hub of Europe” Plan.
The general director of Feria de Valladolid highlighted the global nature of the project “with the participation of professionals from twelve nationalities” and underlined the importance of having, in a second edition, destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Norway, Malta, Poland, Jordan and Great Britain.
In terms of the origin of localisers and producers, the United States and Great Britain are once again the main markets, along with Spain. Germany, Italy, Canada and Mexico complete the map of origin of these professionals.
Carlos Rosado also referred to the participation of the film commissions and film offices that are partners of the Spain Film Commission, with more than twenty-five destinations attending from all over Spain, both regional and local.
Private companies are joining the event this year, specifically the network of Paradores Nacionales, the company THB Hotels, Seven Islands, Locafixer and Pleo Technologies, three companies that provide support services to productions.
The philosophy of Shooting Locations Marketplace is to facilitate meetings between destinations and location scouts with common interests, and to this end a programme of interviews is organised beforehand, which starts with more than 700 working appointments.
Professionals of seven nationalities
The number of participating localisers is also up on 2021 and this year there will be around 50 professionals of seven nationalities attending Feria de Valladolid. Seventy-six percent are international and the majority come from the United States and Great Britain, two important markets in the audiovisual sector. Mexico joins this list, which also includes Germany, Canada, Italy and Spain.
“Two facts also stand out: only ten of these professionals were at the first edition, and this year, in addition to location scouts, producers are also attending, a profile with greater decision-making capacity when it comes to choosing where to shoot,” Alonso emphasised.
The CVs of the 50 or so participants include work with names such as Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Olivia Wilde, Nicolas Cage, J.J. Abrams; studios and platforms such as NBC and NBC Studios. Abrams; studios and platforms such as NBC Universal, Marvel, HBO, Disney, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime; and among the films and series for which they have chosen sets are Mission Impossible, The House of Dragon, Black Mirror, Demimonde, The Crown, Hustle, 30 Monedas, Vampire Academy, Warrior Nun 2, Fast and Furious, Bollywood productions, etc.
Conferences and round tables
The exchange of knowledge, learning about success stories and analysing the future challenges of the sector are also objectives of the Shooting Locations Marketplace, and to this end, a programme of conferences and round tables will begin with a talk by American James Lin, location scout and producer for NBC Universal.
Norway, Abu Dhabi and Alex Scott will then talk about the keys to growth as a filming destination. The first day will conclude with a round table discussion on international productions with the participation of the president of Profilm, Fernando Victoria de Lecea; Piluca Querol of Andalucía Film Commission and the British localiser Dan Connolly.
On Friday 21st, it will be the turn of Malta, Víctor Aertsen, from the Madrid Film Office, and the localiser Enrique Gutiérrez del Álamo, responsible for locations in works such as “30 Monedas” and “Cuéntame cómo pasó”. The session will conclude with a talk between Lori Balton, an American localiser with a professional career spanning three decades, and the Indian producer Bobby Bedi, who is responsible for pieces such as the classic “Sandokan”, released in the 1970s.
As a meeting point for audiovisual professionals, Shooting Locations Marketplace has signed collaboration agreements with the sector’s main associations and specialised media:
EUFCN – European Film Commissions Network
APPA – Asociación de Profesionales de Producción Audiovisual
ALÍA – Alianza Audiovisual
Cine y Tele
Asociación de Periodistas Iberoamericanos de Cine
Le Film Français
Valladolid City Council is sponsoring this event that gives visibility to the city to professionals from the international audiovisual industry. In addition, the Spain Film Commission is framing Shooting Locations Marketplace within the lines of action of the Spain Audiovisual HUB Plan, which is funded by the Spanish Government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
Visits to destinations
“Getting to know new locations, expanding my list of options for shooting and making contact with colleagues from other places” are the main motivations for the location scouts to participate in Shooting Locations Marketplace. And after the “theoretical” sessions, the trip concludes with a programme of visits to locations in Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, Vigo, Pontevedra and the Canary Islands.
List of participants
ABU DHABI FILM COMMISSION
ALICANTE FILM OFFICE
ANDALUCÍA FILM COMMISSION
ASTURIAS PARAÍSO NATURAL FILM COMMISSION
BILBAO BIZKAIA FILM COMMISSION
BRITISH FILM COMMISSION
BURGOS FILM COMMISSION – ASOCIACIÓN CULTURAL SAD HILL
CANARY ISLANDS FILM
CANTABRIA FILM COMMISSION
CASTILLA-LA MANCHA FILM COMMISSION
CATALUNYA FILM COMMISSION
IBIZA FILM COMMISSION
LA RIOJA FILM COMMISSION
MADRID FILM OFFICE
MALLORCA FILM COMMISSION
MALTA FILM COMMISSION
MENORCA FILM COMMISSION
NAVARRA FILM COMMISSION
NORWEGIAN FILM COMMISSION
PARADORES DE TURISMO DE ESPAÑA
POLISH FILM INSTITUTE
PONTEVEDRA PROVINCIA FILM COMMISSION
SALAMANCA FILM COMMISSION
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA FILM COMMISSION
SAN SEBATIAN-GIPUZKOA FILM COMMISSION
SEVEN ISLANDS FILM
SEVILLA FILM OFFICE (S&ME)
SPAIN FILM COMMISSION
TERRASSA FILM OFFICE / PARC AUDIOVISUAL DE CATALUNYA
THE ROYAL FILM COMMISSION – JORDAN
VALENCIA FILM OFFICE
VALLADOLID FILM COMMISSION
VIGO FILM OFFICE
VITORIA-GASTEIZ FILM OFFICE
ZARAGOZA FILM OFFICE