LOCATIONS IN PORTUGAL
Swixer is a one-stop shop offering production services when filming in Portugal. We specialize in assisting with location bookings, assembling skilled crews, managing logistics, and much more. Our team of local Fixers, Producers, and Production Managers possess in-depth knowledge of the region and are very used to coordinating international shoots in Portugal. With extensive experience in TV series, feature films, branded content, commercials, documentaries, corporate projects, and still shoots, our crew provides comprehensive production services across Portugal.
Fixers, Producers & Local Crew in Portugal
Our crew in Portugal are highly qualified professionals and comes with competitive rates. They boast a wealth of experience in film, television, commercial, and event production. Most team members are fluent in English, and many also speak Spanish and French. Depending on the scale of your production, we are delighted to offer staff trained in multiple tasks, enabling them to assume various roles when the project permits. In addition to fixers, producers, and production managers, we can also provide services such as casting, technical crew, logistics and PA’s.
Filming Locations in Portugal
Portugal offers a diverse range of captivating filming locations, including picturesque beaches, majestic castles, splendid palaces, historic monuments, impressive old buildings, modern architecture, charming churches, awe-inspiring cathedrals, serene monasteries, verdant parks, quaint historic villages, and fortified cities. The country’s vast landscape surrounds breathtaking mountain scenery, enchanting forests, exquisite gardens, expansive plains, rocky slopes, tranquil valleys, mysterious caves, winding rivers, scenic lakes, and serene lagoons. Traveling from the north to the south of Portugal by car takes less than five hours. The country is well-connected with six international airports (Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal, São Miguel, and Lajes), five international ports, and an accessible rail network. In essence, navigating Portugal is a seamless experience.
Facilities, Studios, and Equipment
Portugal’s major cities, such as Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve region, host a wide selection of well-equipped studios including quality technology. Furthermore, there are ongoing projects aimed at developing new facilities, positioning Portugal to meet the most demanding international production requirements. The majority of post-production facilities are located in the Lisbon metropolitan area and the northern region of the country.
When filming in Portugal, you can expect to do so within an affordable budget.
Filming Permits in Portugal
Obtaining filming permits in Portugal is generally a straightforward process. For guidance, we recommend referring to the following resources:
- The Filming in Portugal Simulator, which outlines the necessary administrative procedures, licenses, and authorizations required for filming within the country.
- The “Guide to Filming in Portugal” designed for anyone planning to film in Portugal and regularly updated to provide relevant information.
- The “Green Shooting Portugal” Guide, an initiative to promote sustainable environmental practices in the audiovisual sector and encourage greener production models.
Portugal has established co-production agreements with over 60 countries worldwide, including all nations where Portuguese is the official language. This encompasses a vast audience of over 250 million Portuguese speakers, including Brazil, Mozambique, and Angola. Additionally, Portugal has agreements with countries in Latin America. Notably, Portugal was ranked the 3rd safest country in the world according to the Global Peace Index of 2020.
The Climate in Portugal
Portugal enjoys an abundance of sunshine and boasts nearly 300 days of clear skies each year, creating optimal conditions for year-round production with exceptional natural lighting. With an average temperature of 16ºC/61°F, the climate is reminiscent of the Mediterranean region, despite the country’s Atlantic Ocean coastline. This makes Portugal a highly sought-after filming destination for those seeking reliable and sunny weather conditions.
OTHER CREW MEMBERS & SERVICES
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