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Location Inspiration: URUGUAY

Step into Uruguay's cinematic wonderland, where the fusion of natural beauty and logistical excellence beckons production companies to discover an unrivaled filming destination.

Uruguay beckons with its captivating blend of natural wonders and logistical advantages, making it an irresistible choice for production companies seeking the perfect filming destination. Its landscapes, ranging from white sandy beaches, quaint colonial towns, and vast rural plains, offer a versatile backdrop for crafting diverse cinematic narratives.

Moreover, Uruguay's reputation for political stability and safety ensures a peaceful and secure environment conducive to focused filming. The allure doesn't end there; the Uruguayan government extends a welcoming hand to filmmakers with enticing tax incentives and support, effectively streamlining production processes and reducing costs.

Bolstering its appeal is Uruguay's well-developed filming infrastructure, including production studios, advanced technical gear, and a pool of industry professionals ready to bring any vision to life. This is complemented by access to a vibrant local talent pool, spanning acting, directing, production, and production design, enriching projects with authenticity and expertise.

In terms of affordability, Uruguay stands out with its competitive costs across production, accommodations, and logistical support, ensuring cost-effectiveness without compromising on quality. Furthermore, the country's rich and diverse cultural tapestry adds depth and authenticity to film productions shot in the country.

Uruguay's most attractive filming locations

In Uruguay, there are several attractive filming locations from colonial cities to unique nature.

Climate and the best times to shoot

The region has a unique advantage of experiencing opposite seasons compared to the Northern Hemisphere. This allows for filming exteriors during times when it may be impractical to do so in the Northern Hemisphere.

The best time to film is from September to May, but it's worth noting that while the rest of the year may be cooler, Uruguay doesn't experience snow, heavy rainfall, or extreme weather conditions, and there are sunny days throughout all twelve months, making it favorable for filming. If filming indoors, every season is suitable

 

Specific work permits and visas required to shoot

Uruguay offers a relatively open visa policy compared to many other countries. Visitors from many nations, particularly those from Europe, North America, and neighboring South American countries, often do not need a visa for short stays (typically up to 90 days). For longer stays or specific purposes such as work or study, there are various visa categories available, each with its own requirements and application process. Generally, the visa application process is straightforward, and the Uruguayan government provides clear guidelines and assistance to applicants

 

Infrastructure and the support of large productions

Uruguay boasts ample experience and support for long-term productions. With a well-established film industry and a range of skilled professionals, from crew members to production companies, filmmakers can rely on local expertise to facilitate smooth and successful shoots. Additionally, the government provides support and guidance throughout the production process, offering incentives and resources to encourage long-term filming projects in the country. During the pandemic, major platforms such as Amazon, Netflix, and HBO chose Uruguay for the majority of their Latin American productions and services. This decision was largely due to the rapid implementation of COVID protocols. As a result, a solid foundation was established for subsequent productions, ensuring a safe and efficient filming environment for all projects. This was reflected in the consolidation of more studio space, increased equipment availability, and a larger, more specialized crew. Additionally, thanks to the Mercosur treaty, it is very easy to bring equipment, crew, and products seamlessly between Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay

One of the biggest productions in Uruguay

One of the most notable international productions filmed in Uruguay that garnered international attention was "The Society of Snow" (La Sociedad de la Nieve). This film, based on the gripping real-life survival tale of the Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in the Andes in 1972.The production drew interest for its deeply human story and dramatic backdrop. Although the bulk of the story unfolds in the Andes, part of the production took place in Uruguay, utilizing its technical and human capacities to recreate some of the narrative's most intimate moments. This film serves as an example of the kind of international projects that have sought out Uruguay as a location, benefiting from both its natural scenery and its developed and adaptable film industry. It's worth noting that Uruguay has positioned itself as an attractive destination for international productions, thanks to its stability, infrastructure, and local talent in the film industry. Additionally, the country has hosted several other international productions, although "The Society of Snow" stands out particularly for its scope and the media attention it received.

 

Magda, our connection to the film industry in Uruguay

Meet Magda, a seasoned professional with a background in communication and cultural management, making her a leading authority in the audiovisual realm. With extensive experience spanning agencies, media outlets, advertisers, and production companies, Magda possesses a holistic understanding of the industry, viewing it through multiple lenses.

Her career has taken her across borders, from Uruguay and Argentina to Costa Rica and Spain, enriching her perspective and enhancing her expertise. As a founding partner of Flehner Films Uruguay, El Clubfilms, and Zurfilms, Magda has spent over a decade shaping the market landscape, both domestically and internationally, crafting compelling content for television, advertising, and cinema.

Magdalena's portfolio speaks volumes, having produced global campaigns for esteemed brands such as Pringles, Gillette, Coca Cola, Procter & Gamble, Orange, and Johnson & Johnson. With her visionary approach and unwavering dedication, Magda consistently delivers impactful results, setting the standard for excellence in the industry

 

Magda's insight to Uruguay

For many producers, Uruguay may seem remote and often unfamiliar. My recommendation is that if it's the first time they consider Uruguay as an option, they consult with colleagues who have already had the experience. The majority have left very satisfied and surprised to find that such a small and distant country offers high standards of quality comparable to countries with highly developed audiovisual industries.

For your stay, Montevideo (the capital) and Punta del Este are the places that offer the most bars, restaurants and hotel options; and are where the international airports are located.

If you have the time, I recommend exploring the entire Uruguayan coast. There are countless beaches and very picturesque towns with a wide variety of landscapes, accommodations, and gastronomy offerings.  Montevideo is also a very unique and welcoming city with a culture that is distinct and unlike any other in Latin America. 

 A recommendation for foreigners visiting Uruguay would be to try the traditional dish called "asado." Asado is a barbecue-style meal that typically includes various cuts of grilled meat, such as beef, pork, and sausages, cooked over a wood-fired grill. It's a staple of Uruguayan cuisine and a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Additionally, don't miss out on trying "chivito," a delicious sandwich made with thinly sliced beef or steak.

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