Here you will find all the information necessary to plan your shoot. If you have any problems, the staff of Málaga Film Office (MFO) will be more than happy to personally assist and help with whatever you need.
MFO offers a Locations Library that will help you in your search. Additionally, in our Audiovisual Guide, you will find local experienced location scouts.
Just by sending in your application the process of securing your Film Permit begins!
1. Film Permit Application:
MFO will process FREE of charge all requests for filming in Local Authority buildings, spaces and roads as soon as the completed application form is received. (Online Film Permit Application)
The minimum timeframe to request film permits will be 5 business days (Monday to Friday) before the shoot begins. This timeframe must be extended as much as possible whenever any traffic flow management is necessary and/or according to the complexity or magnitude of the shoot. Please attach photos of the locations when filling the film request.
A map must be attached to the application clearly marking both the film location and the parking area.
MFO will process all applications for filming on public property, including: beaches, parks, gardens, Botanical Garden, historical buildings & monuments, among others.
The Production Company must hand in a brief synopsis of the action to take place as well as a copy of the insurance policy. For authorization, each project will be studied together with the corresponding Department.
In order to place any material, technical equipment and/or vehicles on sidewalks or other pedestrian areas, the Production Company must provide the following information:
For applications which involve occupying public spaces with film equipment and/or that entail parking reservations for production vehicles, the Production Company must provide MFO with a copy of a current Insurance Policy together with proof of payment, or a Certificate of Insurance Coverage, before the start of the shoot to cover any injuries or damages which may occur while filming. The Public Liability Insurance shall provide a minimum capital of 151,000 euros for personal damages caused to the assistants with the result of death and permanent absolute disability. JUNTA DE ANDALUCIA LAW
The MFO logo must be included in the production credits. The Production Company must also notify MFO of the distribution date and deliver the following:
In order for MFO to arrange reservations in public parking spaces for both filming and/or for production vehicles (even when it is a private location), a public liability insurance policy must be provided together with the following information via our Online Film Permit Application Form:
In Malaga there are three ZONES for parking on public streets:
In general, spaces will not be reserved where parking is prohibited (this type of non-compliance is subject to a fine): handicapped, motorcycle, loading and unloading, etc.
All areas involved in the shoot must be well marked;
1. Local Police: :
The Local Police will reserve the requested space using fences, indicating the date and schedule of the reservation. To remove vehicles found in the reserved area, please call 092.
2. MFO Signs:
MFO will supply the Production Company with signs on loan with a refundable deposit upon their return. They must be visible at all times in the different areas of the shoot.
3. Obligations on behalf of the Production Company:
The minimum timeframe of 5 business days must be extended as much as possible whenever a traffic interruption is requested. It is recommended that the interruption be intermittent, during non-peak hours, and/or on weekends to avoid daily traffic problems.
When the interruption involves rerouting the traffic, the Local Authorities may require an announcement be placed in the local newspapers at least one day prior to the shoot. This notice will be placed by the MFO and paid for by the Production Company.
To request any modification to street fixtures, the following must be specified;
MFO will provide a sample letter to advise the residents and businesses of the location. This communication must be distributed in mailboxes a minimum of 5 days prior to the shoot, and must have the signature and seal of the Production Company as well as the necessary contact details. (Download Word document)
Compliance with all Municipal Regulations that dictate the conditions, schedules and instructions reflected on the film permits.
Catering is not authorized on all public grounds of Malaga and must take place in: restaurants, mobile catering diners and/or rented spaces.
All crew members will respect the Environmental Municipal Ordinance regarding noise, especially during night shoots (See ordinance in PDF. Spanish only), as well as prevent possible glare caused by spotlights so as to reduce any nuisance. For this, the Production Company must:
Any weapon or explosive must use blanks and be issued by an official agency, and its documentation must be presented to MFO. Furthermore, MFO must be informed of scenes in which actors are dressed in official uniforms (i.e.: policeman) and of any prop/vehicle that simulates emergency services (i.e.: ambulance)