Through the eyes of a producer, director or director of photography, Colombia offers an enormous variety of locations for all kinds of audiovisual products. In this sense, Colombia is a country privileged by nature and history.
Colombia also offers many comparative advantages over other countries when it comes to audiovisual production:
• Lower production costs compared with other countries, especially when it comes to food and lodging, locations, transportation and travel, specialized local talent, extras, equipment rentals, all kinds of studios (television, audio recording studios, etc.).
• Novelty: most of the scenery has yet to be used in large and medium-scale international audiovisual productions.
• Close to cities such as Los Angeles (7:40 hours), New York (5:30 hours), Miami (3 hours), Toronto (6 hours), Mexico City (4:30 hours), Buenos Aires (6:10 hours), Santiago de Chile (5 hours), Sao Paulo (5:45 hours), Paris (10:30 hours), Madrid (10 hours), London (11:40 hours).
• Fiscal stimuli for co-productions with local companies. Deductions on certain taxes such a VAT taxes, as outlined in laws designed to promote service exports.
• A variety of climates available all year long: snowy peaks, cold weather, paramos (Andean moors), temperate and hot regions.
• Colonial villages and cities: Cartagena, Mompox, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Barichara, Villa de Leyva and many other cities and villages have preserved their 17th, 18th and 19th-century colonial architecture and the plazas, churches, manor houses, markets and cobblestone streets typical of the period. These villages and cities seem lost in time yet offer comfortable hotels and modern communications services and the infrastructure needed to host the large groups of people working on film, television and publicity productions.
• Modern cities: There are large cities in Colombia such as Bogotá, the nation’s capital, with more than 8 million inhabitants, and Medellín, the country’s industrial capital, with more than 2 million inhabitants. These cities are extremely diverse and enjoy booming cultural, industrial and business activity. They are filled with a huge array of international and local settings: tall buildings, museums, art galleries, plazas, markets, colonial and modern neighborhoods, etc.
• Architecture from a Variety of Eras. It’s possible to find in the same Colombian city preserved landmarks, estates, homes, buildings from a variety of eras such as the conquest and colonial periods, entire neighborhoods built in the 18th and 19th centuries, existing alongside very modern architecture.
• Ethnically diverse population: Colombians are a mixed race. Light-skinned Colombians predominate in certain regions, Afro-Colombians in others. There are over 80 indigenous groups spread throughout the territory. Inhabitants of cities and villages offer a wide range of racial mixtures, which allow for wonderfully rich casting.
• Similarities with other countries: Varied landscapes, urban settings, races and cultures make it possible to produce audiovisuals in Colombia that replicate landscapes and urban settings in other countries.