Extremadura, with its vast expanse and geographical diversity, has long been a hidden treasure for the film industry. However, in recent years, this Spanish region has been emerging as a coveted filming destination, and much of this recognition is due to the tireless work of the Extremadura Film Commission.
Founded in 2008 and nested in the Extremadura Film Foundation, the Extremadura Film Commission has taken on the role of being the bridge between filmmakers and the rich palette of locations that Extremadura has to offer. Its mission is not simply promotion; it goes further, offering guidance, advice, and information to those professionals looking to bring their vision to reality in this corner of Spain.
In the next edition of Shooting Locations Marketplace, taking place on 17th and 18th October, Extremadura’s proposal will unfold in all its splendour. It is an unparalleled opportunity to discover and immerse oneself in what this territory can bring to the world of cinema and television.
Dehesas are the star landscape of this region
But what makes Extremadura such a special place to shoot? Firstly, there are its locations. The region boasts unique landscapes ranging from the dehesas, where holm oak and cork oak forests provide an authentic vision of rural Spain, to breath-taking mountainous areas. Moreover, historical monuments and picturesque towns like Trujillo and Cáceres, with their cobbled streets and medieval architecture, provide a backdrop that transcends time.
Secondly, there are its green areas. National parks and nature reserves stretch across Extremadura, providing opportunities for those shoots that seek genuine contact with nature. The Monfragüe National Park, with its spectacular views and unique fauna, has become a point of interest for documentaries and productions that seek to capture the essence of the natural world.
In addition to landscapes and nature, Extremadura is home to iconic places with rich histories and deeply rooted traditions. The Monastery of Guadalupe, a World Heritage site, is an example of the confluence of cultures and architectural styles that make this region a place full of nuances and contrasts.
Local public bodies are examples of support for cinema and the industry
Filming in Extremadura not only promises a variety of unparalleled locations but is also known to be a safe, easy, and economical process. The policies of the region, together with the support of the Extremadura Film Commission, have facilitated the making of multiple productions. Acclaimed films and famous series have chosen this corner of Spain to tell their stories. Such is the case, for example, with “La isla mínima”, which showed the world the extreme landscapes of Extremadura, making it another protagonist of the plot.
In short, the incentive to shoot in Extremadura lies not only in its beauty and diversity but also in the commitment of local institutions to ensure that each production is a success. The Extremadura Film Commission, along with other bodies, guarantees an enriching cinematic experience, actively collaborating at every step of the process.
The conclusion is clear: Extremadura presents itself as a first-rate cinematic destination, waiting to be discovered and explored by filmmakers from all over the world. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and institutional support, the region establishes itself as a perfect canvas for any production.