The portfolio of audiovisual productions on the island of Gran Canaria throughout this 2019 includes, for the moment, one film and three international television series, two national series and several animation projects, as well as the possibility that the HBO finally chooses the landscapes of the Island as one of the sets of the prequel Game of Thrones, The long night, starring Naomi Watts, as announced yesterday by THE PROVINCE, and where it would compete with the landscapes of the islands of Tenerife and La Palma,
"Indeed, we do not have an official confirmation, but we are currently studying locations on the island of Gran Canaria," Antonio Morales, president of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, in the context of the announcement of the balance of the projects of the Gran Canaria Film Commission in the last three years. "These are the data we can say, because we must act with great caution and discretion, as many producers demand that we do not give much information until they consider that it is the right time."
For his part, the president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, also confirmed yesterday that negotiations with HBO to facilitate the filming of the spin off of the acclaimed series on this island were held last December, although "it has not yet been confirmed that the islands will be the definitive location of the shooting". "Now it is about concluding these negotiations discreetly and effectively," he said.
In this regard, Raúl García Brink, adviser in the Area of Economic Development, Energy and R + D + i, highlighted the television nature of the bulk of audiovisual projects that will come to the island this year and their benefits in economic and employment terms.
"It seems that there is going to be a trend towards the series, because it is also an international trend," he said. "And in this sense, the series, when filming several episodes in a row, generate a more stable employment with a more continuous impact over time." He also highlighted, in this line, the specific weight of animation projects based in the Island, "which are two or three year projects that we know have a minor impact and, however, more constant over time, generating posts of stable work among local talent ".
Among the novelties for the coming year also highlights the reinforcement of specific subsidies for local audiovisual productions by the insular corporation, which increase from 140,000 to 250,000 euros, since it will open more quickly the term to benefit from said grants to provide "more access to local filmmakers," said Garcia Brink.
With regard to the balance of the filming that came to the island in 2018 attracted by the tax incentives for audiovisual projects in the Canary Islands, Morales revealed that the Island Council supported the realization of a total of 193 productions, which translate into 6 national feature films, a complete series of fiction – The living room, starring Goya Toledo and Francesc Garrido, with a large participation of Gran Canaria professionals-, an animation series, a documentary, 8 television programs and 176 advertising productions and video clips.
This spectrum of shootings resulted in an economic impact of almost 16 million euros in 730 days of work in Gran Canaria. Although in this last year there is a scarcity of projects of international significance compared to 2017, the impact doubles the benefits of the previous year, estimated at nine million and, however, in 2016, they beat a record of 22 million, due to the great film productions like Allies or The last of the Philippines. In total, the global economic impact of the shootings between 2016 and 2018 in Gran Canaria translates into almost 47 million.
However, the conclusive balance is that the number of shootings has been doubling every year, as well as the counting of days of shooting: in 2016 216 days of shooting were counted; 469 days in 2017 and 730 days in 2018. In this regard, one of the factors that has increased the number of shooting hours in Gran Canaria corresponds to the implementation of five national and international producers of digital animation and postproduction in Gran Canaria, as Anima Kitchent or Minimo VFX. Precisely, Cosme García, director-manager of the Economic Promotion Society of Gran Canaria (SPEGC), stressed that the animation can generate "between 200 and 250 jobs on the island."
In addition, the team of the island corporation highlighted the strengthening of an incipient audiovisual sector on the island, which, beyond the tax advantages and the beauty of the grancanarian locations, "allows the local company, without having to resort to companies external, can meet the demands of the sector. "