6 Filming Incentives in Latin America That Will Maximize Your Budget (Updated 2021)

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With diverse natural scenery and generous filming incentives, Latin America is a fantastic location for productions.  While Mexico has always served as the setting for many Hollywood blockbusters, other Latin American countries have similar appeal and attraction.

Filming Incentives in Latin America

Latin America Film Incentives by Country

Each country has specific requirements that need to be met to qualify for the incentive programs and many also have an annual cap on the amount of funds to be awarded under their incentive program. You can find more in-depth information about each state’s incentive program more by clicking on the links provided.


20%-30% cash rebates for filming in São Paulo.


30% rebate on qualified expenses for television series and films


40% cash rebate for film services and a 20% rebate on film logistical services: accommodations, food, and transportation costs incurred locally, and airfare (airfare must be through a Colombian travel agency)

Dominican Republic

25% transferable tax credit on all eligible expenditures including preproduction, production, and post-production


Exempt for the Value Added Tax.


20%-25% cash rebate for eligible expenses

Incentive Definitions

Film Production Rebate
A rebate (or grant) is funds paid to the production company based on the amount of qualifying expenditures, or jobs created in the state or country by the project. The production company does not need to file a tax return for rebates.

Film Refundable Tax Credits
A refundable tax credit is similar in function to a rebate, however, the production company must file a tax return to claim it, and receive a credit for taxes owed. Tax credits can sometimes be used as collateral to obtain a loan so that the production company receives an advance, which is usually discounted.

Film Transferable Tax Credits
A transferable tax credit may be sold or assigned to a local taxpayer. Some states offer transferable tax credits, which allow production companies to sell or get a refund for tax credits that they are not able to use. Many times brokers are used to perform these transactions.

Film Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Tax Credits
This type of tax credit can be used to offset a production company’s current tax liability, and can be carried forward for a set time, but not transferred to third parties.

The information stated herein is for reference only and based on a source using data as of August 2021. Make sure you consult a qualified tax adviser and professional who is familiar with tax incentive programs to determine the best fit for your project.

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At Global Media Desk we have been helping productions find the highest-quality local crews in Latin America for over 21 years.  We are here to help!  Please contact us with any questions you may have about filming in the region or fill out a quote to see how we can make your production a complete success.