Uruguay has a solid infrastructure for the movie industry, either for advertising, cinema or television that meets the inter- national standards. It has state-of-the-art technology in film and digital cameras, the most complete lighting and grip stock and equipment, dollies, cranes, accessories, generators, specialised transport either for crew or equipment, editing bays, post- production studios, animation, audio and different kinds and sizes of studios, all at highly competitive prices.
In the last years, Uruguay has produced highly qualified professionals (mostly bilingual) that have stood out at international productions -directors, photographers, producers, art directors, location managers, hair stylists, costume designers, make up designers, grips, among others.
Uruguay offers multiple advantages that generate an accessible infrastructure at the moment of developing an audiovisual production, in order to create the ideal conditions for a fluent work without bureaucratic complications –for instance, at the moment of blocking streets or routes, using public or private spaces and buildings, relying on safety devices and more. There are high- quality additional services available such as catering, hotels, hired transport, security, costume and props hiring.
Uruguay is a sample of an integrated society, arisen from a melting pot of ethnic groups and cultures of various origins, mostly from European countries, and there are no racial minorities or segregated ethnic groups. Although the Uruguayan identity has been shaped with contributions of all countries and ethnic groups, most of them come from the Mediterranean European nations, particularly Spain and Italy.
Along successive migratory waves, came to Uruguay people of different nationalities and ethnic groups from several countries of Central Europe -such as Germans, Polish and Russians-, to whom added in different moments large contingents of Armenians, Syrian-Lebanese, British, Portuguese and Brazilians.
International joint productions in which Uruguay participates are considered part of the concept of ‘export services‘, being thus bestowed a special treatment which includes VAT exemption.
National Customs grants a temporary admission to Uruguay of those intangible assets aiming at promoting cultural activities, cinematography and audiovisuals among them.
Uruguay is one of the best countries of the region as regards safety.
Short distances and clear traffic
In any shooting short distances imply cost and time optimisation. Uruguay not only offers this option but also has good roads and clear traffic.
Opposite seasons to the Northern Hemisphere allow to carry out audio-visual productions in summer during the boreal winter.