5 Reasons to choose Madrid as a shooting location

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Madrid como escenario para rodajes

Did you know that in 2019 Madrid as a set for series filming beat its record? Productions of all kinds chose Madrid as a destination to shoot all or part of their productions.

Madrid has also been the setting for great films and many directors have a predilection for the capital to shoot their feature films.

Madrid as a shooting location for series

The balance of audiovisual shootings in Madrid during 2019 demonstrates the consolidation of the capital as a center of reference in the global production of content. In addition to the national platforms and channels (Movistar+, RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset), drivers of series production in the country, the settlement of relevant international platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO and Viacom International Studios has been added, as well as Mediapro Studio’s commitment to international content production.

Madrid as a shooting location
CSIC headquarters, one of the settings of La Casa de Papel.

At the close of 2019, 11,760 applications were processed for filming on public roads, according to data from the Madrid City Council’s Filming Authorization Office. Of these 4,438 (38 % of the total) were permits with occupation of space that correspond to 944 different projects and generated a collection of 520,000 euros in municipal fees, an increase of 55.5 % over the previous year. The remaining 62% of permits were communicated events, free of charge and for small teams.

In relation to the territorial distribution of filming, the district of Centro continues to concentrate a very significant part of the filming carried out in the municipal district, with 34.8 % of the applications. It is followed by the districts of Retiro (12.2%), Moncloa-Aravaca (7.4%), Salamanca (6.5%) and Chamberí (5.8%).

Madrid as a shooting location for films

From classic films to the most modern productions. It is enough to take a look at the popular film library to find examples of both national and foreign productions shot in Madrid.

Madrid as a shooting location for films
Building that appeared in Alex de la Iglesia’s The Day of the Beast

Madrid has been the privileged setting for countless films and television series, with an audiovisual industry that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. From the traditional cinema of Edgar Neville to the transgressive films of Pedro Almodóvar, through series such as La casa de papel, Arde Madrid or Las chicas del cable, the city of Madrid has been reflected in many of the most important works of our cinema and television.

Many international directors have also found in its streets the ideal location to set their stories. Filmmakers of the stature of David Lean, Orson Welles or Jules Dassin shot in the city during the sixties and sixties, when Hollywood found in Spain one of its favorite sets and any neighbor could find stars like Ava Gardner, Charlton Heston, Audrey Hepburn or Sofia Loren strolling through its streets, shopping in its stores and having fun in its bars. In recent decades, filmmakers like Jim Jarmusch and Peter Greengrass have continued to find in the city the perfect place to develop their works.

The Office for the Promotion of Filming of the Community of Madrid

At this point you may be wondering what assistance or resources are available to you. The Office for the Promotion of Filming of the Community of Madrid offers you a lot of information.

Madrid, from a natural habitat to a cosmopolitan city

The Community of Madrid offers a wide variety of locations in its 179 municipalities, from forests, high mountain landscapes, open or desert spaces, rivers and lakes, to a wide variety of urban and avant-garde spaces. This, added to a key geographical location and excellent communications infrastructure, makes the Region of Madrid a magnificent set for audiovisual projects, enjoying the best conditions of quality and service.

Barbieri Real Estate offers you a wide variety of apartments for your filming

In Barbieri Real Estate we have available apartments and houses in prime areas of Madrid such as Aravaca, Chamberí and Salamanca. So you can count on them for temporary accommodation for crew members, actors, actresses, directors, etc.. We already work with companies in the sector.

Our properties are decorated with a functional style and have everything you need to make your stay a success.

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