Filming Incentives in Latin America

6 Filming Incentives in Latin America That Will Maximize Your Budget

Latin America is heating up as top destination for film production.  While Mexico has always served as the setting for many Hollywood blockbusters, other Latin American countries have similar appeal and attraction.  With new filming incentives, different and diverse natural scenery, from beaches to mountains and both colonial and modern buildings it’s easy to see why Latin America is on the rise.

Each country has specific requirements that need to be met to qualify for the incentive programs and many also have an annual cap on the amount of funds to be awarded under their incentive program. You can find more in-depth information about each state’s incentive program more by clicking on the links provided.

Filming Incentives in the Caribbean

Dominican Republic

25% transferable tax credit on all eligible expenditures including preproduction, production, and post-production

Puerto Rico

40% transferable tax credit of the money paid to Puerto Rican resident vendors and individuals

Trinidad & Tobago

12.5% to 35% cash rebate of qualifying local spend and up to 20% additional cash rebate to the hire of Trinidad and Tobago nationals employed as “Keys and Talent”

Filming Incentives in Mexico & Central America


Up to 7.5% cash reimbursement on qualifying local spend and a refund of VAT up to 16%


15% cash rebate

Filming Incentives in South America


40% cash rebate for film services and a 20% rebate on film logistical services: accommodations, food, and transportation costs incurred locally, and airfare (airfare must be through a Colombian travel agency)

Incentive Definitions

Film Production Rebate
A rebate (or grant) is funds paid to the production company based on the amount of qualifying expenditures, or jobs created in the state or country by the project. The production company does not need to file a tax return for rebates.

Film Refundable Tax Credits
A refundable tax credit is similar in function to a rebate, however, the production company must file a tax return to claim it, and receive a credit for taxes owed. Tax credits can sometimes be used as collateral to obtain a loan so that the production company receives an advance, which is usually discounted.

Film Transferable Tax Credits
A transferable tax credit may be sold or assigned to a local taxpayer. Some states offer transferable tax credits, which allow production companies to sell or get a refund for tax credits that they are not able to use. Many times brokers are used to perform these transactions.

Film Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Tax Credits
This type of tax credit can be used to offset a production company’s current tax liability, and can be carried forward for a set time, but not transferred to third parties.

The information stated herein is for reference only and based on a source using data as of January 2015. Make sure you consult a qualified tax adviser and professional who is familiar with tax incentive programs to determine the best fit for your project.

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At the Global Media Desk we have been helping productions find the highest-quality local crews in Latin America for fifteen years.  We are here to help!  Please contact us with any questions you may have about filming in the region or fill out a quote to see how we can make your production a complete success.

Photo Credit: By Chensiyuan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

Behind the Scenes of Irish Country Magazine’s Photo Shoot in Marrakech, Morocco

While on location in Marrakech, Morocco, Irish Country Magazine wanted to capture some amazing behind the scenes footage of their stunning photo shoot.  Of course Global Media Desk has the most professional and experienced videographers in the region and was naturally their first choice!  Check out theses super cool images our local videographer was able to snag of the fun and beautiful scene.

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco


Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco


Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco


Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco


Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco


Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco


Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco


Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco


Need a local, professional and talented photographer or videographer? At the Global Media Desk we work with the finest, most respected professionals in every city and country around the world. Contact us today to find out more or fill out a quote to see how the Global Media Desk can help bring your vision to life.

One-of-a-Kind Drone Photos You May Never See Again

Drones have opened our eyes to an entirely new perspective of the world. The images captured by these amazing aerials show us landscapes and landmarks like they’ve never been seen before.  Check out these phenomenal photos taken by famous photographer Amos Chapple!  With drone use now illegal in many locations, these collections of beautiful drone images are some of the only aerial photos of their type.

Drone Image of New Delhi, India
New Delhi, India


Drone Image of Sacré-Cœur, Paris, France
Sacré-Coeur, Paris, France


Drone Photo of Hotel Ukraina, Kiev, Ukraine
Hotel Ukraina, Kiev, Ukraine


Drone Photo of Saint Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg, Russia


Drone Photo of Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India


Drone Photo of Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain


Drone Photo of Saint Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg, Russia


Drone Photo of Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey


 Drone Photo of Mumbai, India
Mumbai, India


Drone Image of Tbilisi, Georgia
Tbilisi, Georgia


Drone Image of Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary


Drone Image of Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia


Drone Image of Bourtange, Netherlands
Bourtange, Netherlands


Interested in learning more about how you can use drones for your next project?  At the Global Media Desk, we are experts in all things drone related, as well as leading providers of video production, photography, and interpreting services worldwide.  With fifteen years of experience, our knowledgeable and skilled video production crews, photographers, and interpreters ensure that you global project will be a success. Contact us today to find out more.

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TOP 3 Reasons Why Videos are Essential to Your Marketing Strategy

Video is the new king.  As the accessible to the internet becomes easier and easier for people around the world the way in which we reach customers and interact with them is evolving.   A report published by Demand Metric states that 70 percent of marketers use videos in their marketing strategies and 82 percent of marketers say that video content marketing has proven to be successful.  If you haven’t jumped on the video marketing bandwagon here are some of major reasons why you should start today:

Interaction and Feedback

Video sharing is a huge part of social media, and social media is a huge part of people’s lives. Getting your product or service message out there in a fun and shareable way makes it easier for you to reach and engage with your audience.  People love to comment on videos, and those comments can help you learn more about your consumers and what direction your marketing message should take.

Appealing to Customers

We all love visuals. Nothing could be more boring to the eye than reading a long list of text, even if that text has insightful and interesting information.  Visuals and movement are just better storytellers.  An embedded video, accompanied with other content, can intrigue viewers and capture their curiosity.  Also anyone who uses a smartphone knows that it’s way easier to watch a video than to read text on a four-inch screen. People simply love video and when it exists in lieu of something not as easy to view on mobile, viewers will hit that play button.

Getting Noticed on an International Scale

Video results appear in almost 70 percent of the top 100 search listings on Google and YouTube is the second-largest search engine, meaning videos get ranked high in Google results. The more shares and interaction your video gets the better it is going to help your rankings!

Video is also appealing to global or international markets because of the way it can transcend languages and boundaries and become viral worldwide. For this reason, more and more marketers are using video as a way to tap global audiences and to bring their operations around the world into the limelight.

Best Practices

Here are a few guidelines for creating an effective video for marketing:

  • Always keep your marketing video to around 60 seconds
  • Don’t use “Flash” based videos since Flash is not viewable on Apple mobile devices
  • Design the font and image sizes in the video with mobile users in mind
  • Deliver a call to action (CTA) in the video

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At the Global Media Desk we specialize in making top-quality marketing videos in countries and cities around the world. No matter where you are located we have the best crew to meet your exact production needs.  Contact us today and see how we can take your marketing to the next level.

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