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Public aid for film production

Have you ever wondered how public administrations intervene in the financing of audiovisual productions? In this post we deal with the subject.

To the question of who can access aid from the ICAA, the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts, the answer is clear: Spanish production companies or those from another EU member state established in Spain. In the second case, they are companies, of course, that carry out productions that are considered national.

Another requirement to access public aid from the ICAA is that at least the 75% team of the production (director, screenwriter, cinematographer and music composer) are people of Spanish nationality or from other EU member states. The director will always be required to comply with this requirement. 75% of the technical staff must also comply with this premise.

Of course, the work must preferably be performed in Spanish or in one of the other 3 official languages ​​of the state. Another important requirement is that the shooting (except script requirements), the post production under study and the laboratory work must be carried out in Spain or in other member states of the European Union.

Summary of basic requirements

  • Accredit the fulfillment of the obligations contracted with the creative, artistic and technical personnel. That is to say, that everyone is registered and hired.
  • Be up to date in complying with tax obligations and with Social Security.
  • Not be a debtor for reimbursement of subsidies.
  • Not having requested the bankruptcy declaration.
  • Not having been sanctioned with the loss of the possibility of obtaining subsidies.
  • Not having tax residence in a country classified as a tax haven.
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