Film Locations. Argentina offers a world of location looks. Generic modern city and old Europe architecture looks. Coastal towns. Stunning car roads and bridges. The natural majesty of Patagonia. Various deserts, salt plains, forests, valleys, lakes, rivers, jungles, waterfalls including Iguazu Falls, farmland, glaciers and snowy mountains.
Buenos Aires is the main film production centre so all needs to travel from there.
Argentina Film Location Permits. Depending on the specifics of the project most location permits require 5 to 7 working days. Downtown streets can only be shut down on the weekend. National parks require special permits. Aerial shots are not allowed in National Parks. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? The Argentine climate varies considerably depending on the time of year, latitude, proximity to the sea and the altitude. The principal climates are warm, temperate, arid and cold. In Buenos Aires the Autumn runs from March to May, Winter runs from May to August, Spring runs from August to November and Summer runs from December to March.
For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Please contact us for more specific weather and sun path information.
Costs. Although Argentina has over recent years become considerably more expensive it still offers good value for money certainly compared to costs in the US and Western Europe.
Projects that require travel outside of Buenos Aires can add considerably to the cost of filming. The Bariloche snow region, Argentina's most picturesque wine regions and Patagonia all require considerable travel from Buenos Aires.
Talent is only union and the rules are strictly enforced by the Argentine Actors Association. The union must be informed 48 hours prior to shooting with talent. Please see here for minimum talent day rates:
Main Character: ARS$1,400
Co star: ARS$1,167
Secondary Character: ARS$761
Minor Character: ARS$681
Group Character: ARS$308
For talent buyouts by country please click here.
Argentina has a very good diverse multicultural pool of talent. There is a good depth of Caucasian, African, Asians and Indigenous Indian talent. East Indian looks as less readily available.
To view an example of the local talent looks please visit:
Visage Models International
Creative talent. Argentina has a small but good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers.
Please contact us for recommended directors, DoP's and photographers for your project.
Crews are also union and the rules are strictly enforced. Argentina has a good depth of world-class crews. Most crews speak fluent English.
Please click here for minimal union crew rates.
- S.I.C.A (Technician Crew Union) 23,3%
- A.A.A (Argentinean Actors’ Association) 6%
- Holidays & Pocket Money: 15,33%
Premiums. The shooting day is 12 hours for the crew and 8:45hrs for talent (at night 7:10hrs).
Overtime for crew is calculated at time and a half and turnaround hours are 100%. There are no crew premiums for weekends, holiday or nights.
Equipment. There is only one company supplying camera, grip and lighting equipment. Despite this the price is still internationally competitive. Most camera equipment is Arri and there is a wide range of HDV cameras available. There is a wide selection of cranes, dollies and remote heads. Stabilized heads, camera-cars and shot-makers are of the highest standard. Panavision equipment, Russian Arms, Motion Control must be brought from abroad. For more information please visit the below:
Camaras y Luces
Art department and set construction are excellent and highly experienced. To give you an example films such as Evita, Assassination Tango and City Of Your Final Destination were all shot in Argentina.
Studios. There are several well equipped studios in Buenos Aires:
Camaras y Luces Studios
Backlots. There is one backlot - an affluent suburb built for the TV series Desperate Housewives. It is located 50km from Buenos Aires.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Argentina. However, Foreign companies are not charged the 21% national tax on production services. Also regarding accommodation, foreign companies are not charged the 17% national tax on rooms. We only charge the unavoidable 5% tax over the hotel's rate.
Film Stock. Both Fuji and Kodak are available locally.
Post Production. See below two examples of excellent local post facilities.
Che Revolution Post
Visas and Work Permits. Visiting crews fly in as tourists. Contact your local Argentine embassy or representative for more information.
Transportation Infrastructure is up to known and expected world standards.
Accommodation. Recommended hotels in Buenos Aires include:
Rendez Vous Hotel
Faena Hotel Universe
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Safety. Argentina is a safe place for foreign productions. See here for up to date travel advice.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, online advertising, corporate videos, stills campaigns, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Argentina, please see below:
Our production service companies, line producers and fixers have serviced TV commercials, online advertising, corporate videos, stills campaigns, feature films, TV series and documentaries for:
AXA Belgium, BBC UK, Canon Singapore, Coca Cola Indonesia, Concord Canada, Dove Malaysia, Deutche Bank Germany, Dressman Sweden, Evian France, HBO USA, Heineken Ireland, Hyundai Korea, Intercontinental Hotels Global, ITC India, Kirin Japan, Kraft USA, Landrover UK, LG Korea, Meunil China, McDonalds Australia, MUFG Japan, Nikon Hong Kong, Nokia China, Orange Moblie Slovakia, Philips Netherlands, Proctor & Gamble USA, Chery Riich China, Rimowa Germany, Samsung Korea, Sinoland Hong Kong, Skipper Italy, Smirnoff USA, Sony United Arab Emirates, Stella Russia, Telefonica Spain, Vidal Sassoon China, Virgin Media UK, and much more.
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Argentina, please contact us.
We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.