Shooting in the Maresme

Maresme Film Commission
This service is available to the audiovisual sector with the aim of promoting and facilitating filming throughout the Maresme.
Specific permissions
The Maresme Film Commission provides you with information on how to obtain extra-municipal permits.

With the aim of promoting and facilitating filming in the territory and with the aim of stimulating and consolidating the cinematographic and audiovisual industry, thanks to the Consortium of Tourist Promotion of the Maresme coast, the Maresme Film Commission is created, a service at the disposal of the audiovisual sector and the towns of the region. It is there to help in the coordination and realization of filming in El Maresme.

Under the umbrella of the Catalonia Film Commission, the creation of a Maresme Film Commission will be a key factor in boosting the audiovisual industry and, at the same time, continue to nourish the vitality of the region, in order to turn the Maresme into a set on the audiovisual map.

The Maresme Film Commission is a service managed by the fil[m]aresme and run by people from the audiovisual and film production industries. Experienced in shooting, they have performed tasks of responsibility in local, national and international productions, in processing permits with the administration and private individuals, with the search and management of locations and coordination and technical management of film crews and with the rest of the phases of various productions, which allows us to have a global vision of the needs and demands of each shoot.

The Mareseme Film Commission (MFC) is a service that is available to the audiovisual sector with the aim of promoting and facilitating filming throughout the Maresme and to promote and consolidate the film and audiovisual industry and the services that are derived throughout the territory:

  • Support for production companies to find locations.
  • Advice and information for the processing of permits.
  • Logistical support prior to and during filming.
  • Bridge the void between producers and institutions.
  • Connection with the local professional sector.
  • Encourage an audiovisual network:

· Promote and dynamize productions in the region.
 · Cooperate in exhibitions, festivals and other cultural and educational activities, etc.
 · Collaborate and participate with schools and / or universities to create job boards, courses, projects, etc..

Specific permissions

Catalan Cost

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The Catalan coastline is managed by the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya, through the Port authority, Airports and Coasts.

Permission to shoot on the beaches of Catalonia can be applied for online by clicking on this link: web del tràmit.  It is advisable to apply for authorisation at least 21 days in advance.

Requirements

  1. The requested duration may not exceed four years.
  2. In case water activities need to be carried out, it will be necessary for the petitioner to obtain the necessary authorization from the corresponding Maritime Authority.  Likewise, in those activities to be carried out at least 70 metres from the railway track, it will be necessary to have the corresponding favourable report from ADIF.
  3. For some beach activities during the high season, the following restrictions must be considered: – From 1 to 15 July, filming and weddings are only authorised during the week – From 16 July to 31 August, filming and weddings are not authorised outside the ones planned during the week between 8 pm and 9 am.

 

Trains and train station

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For filming inside trains, please contact RENFE, fill in the corresponding forms and send in the entire script or sequences to be filmed in these spaces. To shoot in the train stations of the Renfe railway network, go to ADIF (Administrator of Railway Infrastructures) and send them a brief dossier explaining the production. Fees are set according to the type of station, the time of occupation and the complexity of the shoot. Permits are issued directly by the competent bodies. It should be borne in mind that, on grounds of image rights, fiction may not be filmed on passenger trains. You can consult the spaces offered by ADIF and its fares here.

You can check the spaces offered by ADIF and its rates here.

Roads

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Filming, shootings, photographic sessions or similar on the interurban road network are subject to prior administrative authorisation from the Catalan Traffic Service as they affect ordinary traffic conditions on interurban roads or those with a higher incidence in the urban area or those involving certain changes in the configuration of the vehicles being filmed. For all these reasons, there are two types of authorisations:

  • Authorisations for filming that require exceptional use of the road, either because of the filming vehicles themselves, or because of the production needs on the road (traffic must be cut off).
  • Shooting authorisations for vehicles with attached cameras with and or approved fixing systems, which do not require exceptional use of the road, due to the dimensions of the cameras that need to comply with traffic regulations. These authorisations are issued to prevent the use of modified or refurbished vehicles for filming without cutting off normal traffic.

The organizing applicant must submit a standard application for each case, in order to request prior authorization, attaching the required documentation well in advance.

You will find information on filming on roads under this link.

 

Religious Centres

To shoot in any church or religious centre in Catalonia, the approval of the corresponding Archbishopric or Bishopric is required, although in some cases, applications can be processed directly with the rector of each church. The Maresme Film Commission can advise according to the needs of the production.

Natural parks

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The natural parks of Catalonia are managed by the Catalan Government and the Provincial Council of Barcelona. Those of the Maresme are managed by the Council of Barcelona. The Parks are: The Coastal Mountain Range Park and the Montnegre I el Corredor Park.

All filming and photographic sessions are regulated by the provisions of the regulatory text of the special Plan for the Protection of the Natural Environment of each park. The managing body of the park is competent to authorise these activities or issue the preliminary report, although permissions must be obtained from the other competent administrations (especially from the city councils) and, where appropriate, from individuals.

In order to respond sufficiently in advance of the activity, the original duly signed application and technical documentation must be sent no later than thirty calendar days before the activity is to be carried out.

Failure to comply with this deadline may prevent the processing of the application, given that there would not be enough time to authorise the activity or issue the preliminary report. If no reply is received, the activity is not authorised.

To shoot at parks managed by the Council of Barcelona, the applicant can download the filming fees and the activity application form for each of the parks on the organization´s website:

http://parcs.diba.cat/