Launch of PUFA (Unified Audiovisual Filming Permit) and Bogotá Film Commission

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Local and international producers will now have clear idea of the steps to follow when renting public spaces for filming in Bogotá. Decree 340 of August 15, 2014 legislates development of the Unified Audiovisual Filming Permit (PUFA) and the creation of the Bogotá Film Commission created by the District Institute of Arts (IDARTES), a dependency of the District Department of Culture, Recreation and Sports. “We will coordinate with our colleagues in public offices to deliver permits quickly to those who film daily in Bogotá. Advertising firms, broadcasting companies, Colombian films and international productions will all benefit from our work,” says Julian David Correa, Director of the Bogotá District Cinematheque. Law 1556 seeks to promote Colombia as a location for all kinds of film projects and establishes the importance of preparing the country for this purpose, empowering governors and municipal and district mayors to develop a unified permit integrating all audiovisual authorizations and requirements for filming in public spaces or locations. “The Colombian Film Commission has spent several years working to implement this permit for Bogota and other Colombian cities as a business strategy to promote the country as a location with the infrastructure and conditions needed to accommodate all types of projects,” stated Silvia Echeverri, Director of the Colombian Film Commission. Outside Bogotá, Medellin’s Secretary of Economic Development has a project that promotes the film industry, operating for all practical purposes like a film commission. The project has developed a promotional plan soon to launch a number of incentives that will work with national incentives to strengthen the nation’s audiovisual sector, and has been processing the different incentives through a single office for over a year now. The project’s director, Francisco Pulgarín, says, “in our case, we were operating like a film commission before the initial promotion of Decree 0211 of February 4, 2014, which instituted the creation of the PUFA, already actively supporting projects coming into the region. We’ve helped nine films with paperwork and permits, free of charge, with support from the Secretaries of Government, Culture, Health, Traffic, and Emergencies and Disasters, as well as other decentralized institutions. We also serve as a link to the private institutions required by producers.” In addition, the Mayor’s Office of Cartagena –through the Secretary General’s Office– is supporting an initiative to create a film commission in this city to promote local production and provide better, more solid guarantees to both local and international productions that chose to film there.