Locations in Panama
Panama offers a diverse landscape, you can get the Caribbean looks of Bocas del Toro or more dry looking beaches on the pacific coast. Casco Viejo (Panama's old colonial town) offers the Spanish colonial look for buildings. The new part of the city provides looks similar to Miami, with a lot of high rises. In general Panama City can pass for Cuba, Brazil or even Miami.
Locations: Beaches, jungles, forest, rivers, waterfalls, rainforests, mountains, agriculture and adventure, old city (colonial looks).
Why come to Panama
not too far from USA/Canada or Europe; direct flights to all major cities
wide selection of hotels in Panama City that provide easy access for international crews
low-cost non-union talent buyouts
for jobs over $500k you get a tax return of 25% of all expenses in the country (the incentive program covers feature films, television pilots, television series (broadcast and cable), television commercials, music videos, industrials, documentaries, video game design and creation, and other forms of content creation)
Production Houses: Caviar, Psyop, Reset, MJZ, Moxie Pictures, Smuggler, RSA Films, Wanda, Prodigious Australia, Supply and Demand, Iconoclast, Anonymus Content, Slim Productions, Park Pictures ...
Directors: Arnaud Uyttenhove, Borja Pena, Wally Pfister, Juan Cabral, Jaron Albertin, Martin Granger, Neels Castillon, Andreas Smetana, Michael Lawrence, Tarsem Singh, Errol Morris, Lucy Walker, Keith Schofield, Romain Gavras, Vincent Haycook, Malcom Venville, Vincent Urban
Costa Rica is a green country in general. 99% of the electric energy used in the country comes from renewable sources. Additionally to that we are doing the following on all our productions:
- recycle areas in the office and on set (for crew and client areas).
- reusable water bottles; refill stations for water, Gatorade and Ice tea
- filtered (5 stages) water set up at the office to avoid buying water bottles for foreign crew
- solar power panels at our offices.
- electric vehicle for the production office
- we compost
- drivers are instructed to always turn off the vehicles while parked or waiting to reduce footprint
- print only when really needed, try to be as paperless as much as possible
For jobs over $500k you get a tax return of 25% of all expenses in the country. The incentive program covers feature films, television pilots, television series (broadcast and cable), television commercials, music videos, industrials, documentaries, video game design and creation, and other forms of content creation.
A local Certified Tax Accountant has to be hired to audit the expenses.