The new sets in Gran Canaria, a great opportunity or a Trojan horse?

The new sets in Gran Canaria, a great opportunity or a Trojan horse?

Image from last Friday of the two movie sets that the Cabildo de Gran Canaria builds together with Infecar. / JUAN CARLOS ALONSO

The audiovisual sector regrets that they have not been taken into account in its gestation and is waiting to know how they will be managed

Victoriano Suarez Alamo

The new ones
movie sets who has built the
Cabildo of Gran Canaria together with Infecar and whose debut is coming to an end, could be a turning point for the audiovisual industry on the island and throughout the archipelago.
James Romerofrom Macaronesia Films and member of the Canary Islands Audiovisual Cluster, the filmmaker
Pablo Villaspresident of the Microclima Canary Islands Filmmakers Association, and the production company
Rita Veradelegate in the Canary Islands of CIMA, agree that it is a great opportunity, but also point out some of the doubts that it generates in the sector.

“Whatever it is, they are a tremendous opportunity. At a time of great uncertainty regarding the incentives, the Cabildo de Gran Canaria took the initiative to build them. They are a tremendous opportunity to stabilize a recurrent production volume in the Canary Islands.
With a high occupation of eight months a year, two sets in parallel will generate a lot of work in all audiovisual departments. We have a great driver there, "says Jaime Romero.

But it adds the doubts it generates among local audiovisual companies. “An industrial vision has been lacking.
They have been built outside the local industry, there has been no strategy of support and preparation. The first time we visited them was at the end of last year, already built. For example, they have to light up. Have you ever wondered if there are companies in the Canary Islands capable of lighting two movie sets, one of 1,200 square meters and the other of 1,800 square meters? How have we been prepared for this opportunity? The answer is that they have not. Now we're in a kind of scare or death. We will see the dynamics of management and according to it, it can be
a trojan horse that causes the local company to not be able to enter and that unfair competition is born that harms the local. Or on the contrary, if it is managed with vision, it will be a
dynamizer of the growth of the local industry. We have scant information and the management model will be fundamental”, reflects Romero.

«It is dangerous that the Administration does not manage it and everyone who wants to rent them. In this dynamic, local companies do not dare to invest.
Who dares to do it to equip them if the next day a group comes with their infrastructure and doesn't use you? It is a golden opportunity to revitalize the local industry, without a doubt, but today the sets go on one side and the local industry on the other. There is no interconnection », he adds.

The filmmaker and president of Microclima, Pablo Vilas, acknowledges that these sets have generated "a lot of expectation" among Canarian professionals. «
It will also be important to see what role they can play at a training level. We are taking off and they can play a great role in the training of local technicians."

The producer and delegate of Cima in the Canary Islands, Rita Vera, also wonders if "staff is being trained for its management." “We have a great lack of knowledge about how they will work and we do not know if we will be able to access them.
Neither the creators nor the centers dedicated to film training in the islands they know how it will be managed and if they will count on us ».

«They will always be good in one way or another, but it would be ideal if they helped local companies grow and that what happened in the Canary Islands at the beginning with the
sightseeing and the fact is that all the companies in the business were from abroad”, concludes Jaime Romero.

The Cabildo of Gran Canaria launches aid of 300,000 euros

The Government Council of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, approved the proposal of the Ministry of Culture, to allocate 300,000 euros in subsidies during the period 2022-2024, to collaborate financially in the realization of audiovisual projects, with the purpose of contributing to cultural enrichment of the Island, through the different forms of audiovisual expression, as well as to provide the audiovisual sector with greater financial capacity when it comes to carrying out its productions and stimulating its growth.

The Island Councilor for Culture, Guacimara Medida, stresses that "this multi-year call for aid has been agreed upon with the sector and in it we try to incorporate the improvements that it demands, knowing that its reality is complex due to the nature of the activity they carry out and they project and, therefore, they need the agility of the public administration to obtain the subsidies and aid that allow them to materialize their projects».

With these grants, the Island Corporation supports four types of projects: the development of feature films or series in the categories of fiction, documentary and animation; the production of feature films or fiction, documentary and animation series; the production of fiction, documentary and animation short films; and the production of creative video, video installation, video dance or exhibition works.

In the case of feature films, they must have a duration of more than 60 minutes and, in the case of series, they will be understood to consist of at least three episodes, the combined duration of which must not exceed 60 minutes. Only one application per modality will be submitted and, therefore, a single grant will be received. Thus, in the case of being selected in several modalities, the grant will be for the project with the highest score.

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