Colombia

Funding bodies

Fund Goal

Doctv Latinamerica is dedicated to the production and distribution of Latin-American documentaries. It is an initiative of CAACI and is officially run by the DOCTV RED, a strategic structure composed of seventeen audiovisual entities and twenty-two public broadcasters in the Latin-American region. Currently...

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Fund Goal

IBERMEDIA's goals are to promote the development of audiovisual productions destined to the Iberoamerican market and their co-productions, to promote the integration of Iberoamerican companies in supranational audiovisual networks. To create a positive environment for the development, training and exchange...

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Fund Goal

To promote Colombia as a film location and to provide resources for audiovisual productions and coproductions.

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Fund Goal

The FDC is a fund established by the film law 814 in 2003 which accumulates money received from taxed exhibitions of national and international screenings of Colombian movies. The fund summons 9 rounds of applications a year for 30 different grants; 70% of the funds do directly into cinematographic...

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Fund Goal

To develop Colombia’s film industry, as well as promote tourism and the country’s image.

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Regulation

Foreigners require a visa to enter and remain in Colombia. However, temporary visitors from countries listed here: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cypress, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Granada, Great Britainand Northern Ireland, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela.

They may enter and remain in the country for up to 180 days with just their passport, a return ticket. If the foreigner is staying in Colombia for more than 180 days an additional authorization from the Department of Administrative Security (DAS) is required.

For foreign nationals considered technical or artistic crew, actors or actresses participating in the making of films or other audiovisual productions to be produced or shot on Colombian territory; as well as foreign staff participation in co-productions with Colombia, the written request for a Courtesy Visa must be made by the Ministry of Culture or the Ministry of Culture’s Film Office or by any governmental agency taking their place. The period of the courtesy visas are 90-day to 1-year visas.

To request authorization to film foreign works on national territory the petitioner must present the following documents to the Ministry of Culture’s Film Office. The authorization to film does not replace or constitute permits or authorizations required by other competent authorities regarding immigration, visas, incoming funds or investments, and others. The authorization, or if applicable, the denial of it, shall be issued within the maximum term of fifteen (15) days from receipt of the request. In the event of receipt of an application without the necessary requirements, the correspondent will be informed within a maximum term of ten (10) days from submission. For local permit, These must be obtained from authorities in the city or municipality where taping or filming takes place.  Some of these cities have their own regulations that must be respected.  We recommend producers and directors contact the Film Commission in Bogotá to find out about these regulations.

In Colombia, all merchandise coming from outside the country is subject to customs obligations upon entry. Colombian legislation recognizes several forms of import transactions resulting in free exploitation of the merchandise in question. To facilitate film and audiovisual work in Colombia, legislation has established the following preferential treatment in customs houses:

  • With authorization to make a foreign film from the Ministry of Culture (Link A: Permits), necessary film equipment and materials may be imported for periods of 6 months, renewable for an additional 6 moths.
  • Consumable goods such as film, lights or batteries can be imported with the same obligation to re-export them.
  • This type of temporary import generates no customs duties (tariffs, taxes or other duties), as long as property is re-exported to its country of origin before the allotted authorization expires. In all cases, transportation, storage and cargo expenses must be paid.
  • With authorization from the Ministry of Culture, no guarantee is required for temporary imports.
Likewise, non-residents arriving to the country (maximum 6 months, renewable) to participate in cinematographic productions may bring in articles for personal or professional use without payment of customs duties; as long as they are declared at the time they are brought in and re-exported. All professional materials and equipment for film production and blank film or film printed with image and sound are qualified as “special delivery” by customs. Although other “special delivery” cases are subject to a guarantee, this is not true for film authorized by the Ministry of Culture. Import and export processes must be carried out by a customs agents (there are some 100 authorized agencies), except when merchandise is valued at less than $1,000 USD. The National Tax and Customs Office (DIAN) is responsible for authorizing airports and ports for imports and exports.

on the sale of movable tangible goods, importations, and the rendering of services within Colombian territory / Reduced VAT: 5%

Film Commissions

Coproduction treaties

Professional Associations