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This South American country is a draw for its wide canvas of locales and numerous financial incentives for film makers

Chile in South America is a country of startling contrasts and extreme beauty, with attractions ranging from the towering volcanic peaks of theAndes to the ancient forests of the Lake District. There are a multitude of very good filming locations here, and plenty of opportunities for an adventurous shooting schedule. Chile is famous for the Torresdel Paine National Park, considered by many to be the finest nature travel destination in all of South America.The country is a distinctive ribbon of land and occupies a long, narrow strip between the Andes Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Along with Ecuador, it is one of two countries in South America that do not border Brazil.

But don’t forget that Chile is as much about character as it is setting. Its far flung location fires the imagination and has been known to make poets out of barmen, dreamers out of presidents and friends out of strangers.


The climate comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large geographic scale, extending across 38 degrees in latitude. Chile within its borders hosts at least seven major climatic sub types, ranging from desert in the north, to alpine tundra and glaciers in the east and south east, humid subtropicalin Easter Island, Oceanic in the south and Mediterranean climate in central Chile. There are four seasons in most of the country: summer (December to February),autumn (March to May), winter (June to August), and spring (Septemberto November).

Five Reasons To Shoot In Chile

1. Counter Seasons

When it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer in Chile. So shooting sessions stay on schedule.

2. ATA Carnet

Chile is the only country in South America that accepts ATA carnet so dealing with Customs is simple. ATA Carnet is an international Customs and export-import document. It is used to clear Customs without paying duties and import taxes on merchandise that will be re-exported within 12 months.

3. Buyout Costs

Low costs and talent buy outs are a major draw for shooting in Chile: International companies are shooting in Chile because of that, including American and European teams. Even more when you are able to find an all-ethnicities cast.

4. Locations

Around two hours from Santiago, you can find a diverse range of locations (No more than 95 miles): From snow-scapesto sesert-scapes, mountains, beaches,coastal roads, vineyards and modern and classical urban locations.

5. Fix Exchange Rate

When a project is approved, most producer companies in Chile are able to fix the exchange rate for all project payments,eliminating the risk of exchange rate changes.


Chile has signed cinema coproduction agreements with five countries:Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada and France. These treaties state the rules under which a film coproduction becomes officially bi-national, thus able to perceive the aid and tax credits available in both countries for its development, production and distribution.


The State of Chile provides more than USD 10 million annually in aid for cinema.From this, approximately USD 4 million per year is assigned specifically to feature films.


Cultural donations: A mechanism through which Chilean private companies can donate up to 2 per cent of their net profit to cultural projects and recover 50 per cent of such donation through a tax credit. The project must be previously approved by the Cultural Donations Committee.

VAT/Sales Tax Reimbursement: There is a stimulus for companies with high exports,which can request the reimbursement of the sales tax or VAT they have accumulated which cannot be deducted through export invoices.


Citizens from other countries must contact their local Chilean consulate inadvance.

Work Permits: The Home Office (Ministry of Interior) offers diverse work permits.The most practical visa is the TA-4 for artists for a stay of 30 days or less, extend able, and visa TE-8 for professionals and technicians.

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