San Sebastian aims to increase foreign film productions
The Spanish town of San Sebastian is looking to attract more international production companies to bring their shoots to its famously charming cobbled streets.
With a good track record – this year alone San Sebastian attracted seven Spanish feature films – and a wealth of production services, the local film commission is dedicated to reach out more to the wider global film industry.
The seaside town, especially known for its delicious food, is currently hosting its film festival and invited producers to find out more during the third edition of the festival's Europe-Latin America co-production forum.
The film commission is offering assistance with location scouting, shooting permits at no charge and helps facilitate between filmmakers and incentive distributors.
Five films shot on location in San Sebastian (also known as Donostia) in 2012 are currently being shown at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, these include La Herida, Fernando Franco’s first full-length feature; Zipi y Zape y el Club de la Canica (see photo), directed by Oskar Santos; 15 años y un día, by Gracia Querejeta; Amaren Eskuak, by Mireia Gabilondo and El Método Arrieta, by Jorge Gil.
The film commission also offered a 'Made In San Sebastián' card, which includes discounts at 65 participating establishments and is available to audiovisual companies and professionals who are filming in the city or anyone who has official accreditation for the San Sebastián Film Festival.