ALMERIA is a location favourite for movies, TV series, videos and photoshoots.
No less than 70 used the province as a location in 2018. These included around 15 big films starring famous actors like Blake Lively, Gal Gadot and Salma Hayek.
Almeria City Promotion Councillor Carolina Lafita highlighted the double economic impact, pointing out not only the promotional value of the shoots, but also the benefits for the service sector. She gave the example of The Rhythm Section, a thriller starring Blake Lively and Jude Law due out in February, which brought 300 actors and crew to the provincial capital while filming between May and July, generating 6,000 overnight stays in total.
Lafita said Almeria is a city which “is technically prepared” to host these kinds of productions, plus had streamlined the bureaucratic process for obtaining licenses
Other big films using provincial locations last year included the second part of Wonder Woman, with filming in the area around the La Alcazaba fortification in Almeria city and various places in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, involving a team of more than 200 people.
English director Sally Potter was in the province in December for shoots on her new film starring Salma Hayek and Javier Bardem, and with a provisional title Molly. Tabernas and Isleta del Moro were among the locations used.
A number of TV series used Almeria locations last year, including Sky 1’s Bounty Hunters, and NBC and Amazon TV’s Hanna.
Almeria was also a location in several Spanish films and short films, as well as for advertisements for big international companies, including Mercedes, Volkswagen and McDonald’s.