Tropical with temperatures that vary according to the region; there are no seasons.
Dawn at 6:00 a.m. and sundown at 6:00 p.m.
Colombian Peso (COP)
1.000.000 COP for 2020
110-120 Volts / 60 Hertz
Bogotá is the capital of Colombia and is the production hub of the country, with a large number of audiovisual crews. The city has adequate infrastructure for all types of productions.
If you require more detailed information on how to film in the city of Bogotá, please contact:
Carrera 8 No. 15 – 46
Teléfono: (+57 1) 379 57 50
Ext: 3410, 3409, 3406
Film Commission Advidor
Information for filming in Bogotá
Medellín is the capital of the department of Antioquia. The audiovisual industry in Medellín is in constant growth and has hosted the production of feature films important to the history of Colombian cinema.
The Medellin Film Commission -FilMedellín- accompanies the management of the necessary permits for the use of public space or public property for audiovisual purposes in Medellín, whether of a commercial, cultural, artistic, academic or community nature. This application is generated through the Ventanilla Única de Eventos de la Alcaldía de Medellín that allows the persons responsible for the productions to personally carry out a single procedure for all those public spaces or public use.
This system articulates everything related to the authorisation of use as a location, risk management, mobility permits, police accompaniment, among other requirements. Temporarily, applications on the platform must be filed 7 working days in advance, while the unified filming permit (PUFA), whose digital module is currently in the design stage, is being implemented.
When the production does not have these days of anticipation that the platform requires, alternatives may be sought through the management assigned by the Municipal Decree 0709 of 2021. To do this it is necessary to write with the need to email firstname.lastname@example.org, where any concerns regarding the filing of applications in the Ventanilla Única de Eventos de la Alcaldía de Medellín are resolved and we provide support to people in the different stages of this procedure. You are invited to write with the subject “Filming permit application – NAME OF PRODUCTION”.
Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico de la Alcaldía de Medellín. Calle 44 # 52 – 165, edificio Plaza de la Libertad, piso 11. Torre A.
Cali is the capital of the department of Valle del Cauca. It has been a first-class film production center in Colombia since the seventies. Also the city has an excellent film school at the Universidad del Valle.
Barranquilla, the capital of Colombia’s Atlántico Department, is a bustling seaport flanked by the Magdalena River.
The city is known for its enormous Carnival, which brings together flamboyantly costumed performers, elaborate floats and cumbia music
Holidays in Colombia
*Holidays for 2022
- January 01
- January 10
Three Kings Day
- March 21
- April 14
- April 15
- May 01
- May 30
- June 20
- June 27
Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- July 04
Saint Peter and Saint Paul
- July 20
- August 07
Battle of Boyacá
- August 15
Assumption of Mary
- October 17
Day of the Race
- November 07
All Saints Day
- November 14
Independence of Cartagena
- December 08
- December 25
Taxes, hiring policies and insurance
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You can carry up to a total of USD$10,000, or the equivalent in other currencies when entering or leaving Colombia, without being required to declare it to the authorities.
To bring more than USD$10,000 into the country, the operation must be carried out through an exchange market intermediary.
If foreign currency securities exceeding USD$10,000 (for instance, traveler’s checks or bonds) are brought into the country, they must be declared before the National Tax and Customs Directorate (DIAN).
Non-residents of Colombia may open current or savings accounts in the country.
Entering this type of foreign currency is not considered foreign investment.
Banks in Colombia
Colombia has an extensive banking network of both national and international institutions (Banco de Bogotá, Banco Popular, Bancolombia, Banco de Occidente, Banco Caja Social, Banco Davivienda, Banco Agrario de Colombia, AV Villas, Itaú, Royal Bank Of Scotland, GNB Sudameris, BBVA).
In all Colombian cities and most municipalities, these networks have offices and ATMs.
The main international credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, and American Express) are accepted in Colombia. However, it is common for establishments in remote regions to not have the capability to bill credit cards, in which case you must pay in cash.
In the main cities there are exchange houses where international currencies are bought and sold. These houses fix their prices of purchase and sale of foreign currencies according to the market trends, and the exact rate may be higher or lower than the official exchange.
For information on embassies in Colombia, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The country is connected by air with the main cities of America and Europe. Direct flights with daily frequencies depart from Bogotá and from some intermediate cities such as Medellín, Cali, Pereira, Cartagena, and Barranquilla to New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Madrid, Paris, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Panama, and others. Airlines such as American Airlines, Iberia, Air France, and Lufthansa make these connections possible.
Colombia’s main international airports are:
Bogotá: Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado, inside the city.
Barranquilla: Ernesto Cortissoz a 7 km. from the city.
Cali: Palmaseca a 18 km. from the city.
Cartagena: Rafael Núñez, inside the city.
Medellín: Rionegro a 45 km. from the city.
Pereira: Matecaña, inside the city.
All regions of Colombia are connected by air through local companies such as Avianca, Copa Airlines, Latam, Satena, EasyFly, and VivaAir. There are 73 airports in the country and no flight takes more than two hours from the capital. There are several specialized private companies that offer helicopters and light aircraft throughout the country.
Taxes, contracting and insurance
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Electricity is distributed to most of the regions of the country, reaching the most remote places.
The power is offered at 110-120v/60hz, the same as in the United States.
Preservation of the environment in Colombia
The Organization for the Promotion of Natural Parks in Colombia – COLPARQUES seeks to promote an environmental culture with a change of vision towards natural resources.
The only national emergency hotline is 123.
Hotels and accommodations
In Colombia there are several international hotel chains, such as the Four Seasons, Hilton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, NH, and Atton, as well as top national chains including Dann, GHL Hotels, Royal Hotels, and Estelar Hotels, to name a few. The hotel offer ranges from three to five stars. The price point for a room can range from $40 to $300 dollars. Rates vary by season and city.
Main studios in Colombia
9 studies from 2152 square meters to 8611 square meters
6 studios with a total area of 27,738 square meters
1 studio with 450 square meters, 18 by 23 meters
4 studios in the CPP with a total aarea of 1900m2 and a office building located on the 60th Street in Bogotá
8 studios with an approximate ceiling height of 4 meters