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>> 8 very good reasons to shoot in portugal

1. WIDE CHOICE OF LOCATIONS

Portugal is where the enchantment of the old (800 years of history) and the thrill of the new strike a perfect balance. Diversity is the key word, from the stunning coastline (750 miles) to enviable mountains, from dramatic cliffs to captivating romantic places, from award-winning works of contemporary architecture to picture-book castles, from world heritage to landscapes off all kind.

Portugal affords a breathtaking range of locations concentrated in a small territory (around 56.000 square miles in the mainland), which enables fast transitions between different types of sets or double so many others countries.

Moreover Portugal has jurisdiction over an oceanic area equivalent to 20 times his terrestrial territory, providing a large space for sea shootings (over or undersea).

2. A MODERATE CLIMATE AND AN AMAZING SUNLIGHT

Portugal’s friendly climate offers mild winters and pleasant summers. The rainiest months are November and December and the driest ones from April to September.

Portugal is the sunniest country in all Europe, with a superior light quality acclaimed by many cinematographers. The annual average of sunlight hours stands between 2.300 (North) and 3.100 (South).

Portugal is blessed by abundant sunlight and warm temperatures that, certainly, makes your crew feel motivated and productive.

3. A VERY AFFORDABLE DESTINATION

Portugal is one of Europe’s most affordable countries. Your production budget can be 15 to 30 % lower than most of others European countries.

Joining these rates to our sunny assets gives you the most cost-effective production you can get.

4.  PROFESSIONAL TALENTED CREWS

You can come and shoot with your own crew (there’s no union quotas), but you can benefit from a high skilled and motivated workforce with competitive wages.

There is an extremely high degree of professionalism on Portuguese crews. You can find a lot of hard working technicians fluent in English and French, with a vast know-how and versatility, used to the most demanding standards.

You can also count with multilingual experienced actors, models and a multicultural population providing wonderful casting resources.

5. FULL EQUIPPED

You can easily find all the equipment required by your production. Several well-equipped rental houses can provide you up-to-date cameras and lenses, lighting or grip equipment, or even specific tools as car-mount, camera-cars, low-loaders or helicopter stabilizers.

Two film-labs and several post-production houses could help you on fast processing and post-production of your project.

6 . OUTSTANDING LOGISTIC INFRASTRUCTURES

Portugal has one of the most developed road networks in Europe with around 8.000 miles comprising motorways (1.700 miles), national and secondary roads. The rail network comprises 2.200 miles and there are 14 airports (3 major international in Lisbon, Porto and Faro).

We have advanced communication systems. The third generation of mobile networks grants internet access in broadband covering almost 100% of the territory (phone and internet). Portugal is the fourth European country in terms of access to broadband with more than 10 Mbps, and has the third highest penetration of mobile broadband in Europe.

Tourism plays one of the lead-roles in the Portuguese economy, making very easy for you to find and enjoy top-level hotels, restaurants, cosy cafés and others leisure facilities. 

7.  AN EXCELLENT GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION

Portugal is situated in a geostrategical position between Europe, America and Africa, its unique location in the West Coast of Europe is the nearest European spot to the American continent and close to many European cities. Within a range of 3 hours flight you can be in London, Paris, Milan, Rome, Brussels, Frankfurt or Amsterdam as a few examples. Portugal is the same time zone as UK and Ireland.

8. SAFETY AND COMFORT

Portugal stills a very stable country, whit strong rules of security, health and hygiene. Environmentally responsible provides rich leisure and culture and has high quality healthcare facilities.

As a country of many cultures, we’ve learned to welcome our foreign guests with friendship and hospitality, and if you don’t speak a single word in Portuguese, you must be pleased to know that 42% of the population speaks a second language.

9. TAX REBATE

Yes, we know... we have  mencioned 8 reasons, but we would like you to know that we will try very hard to persuade our government to create a tax rebate system.

 

Data Source: AICEP and Portugal Film Commission

 
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