Madrid has become a film reference thanks to the intense European audiovisual activity carried out here during the year, which means the city’s image is present on the big screen all over the world. The Spanish capital is the preferred choice of many prestigious national and international film directors for their filming work, owing to its excellent locations and solid audiovisual structure.

Spain has the ideal settings and light conditions

The City Council  supports major film-related events such as the Madrid de Cine Spanish Film Screenings festival. The 6th edition of the festival takes place in the city from 19 to 21 June and will bring together leading representatives of the international industry for the promotion of Spanish cinema. Over the three days, international buyers and Spanish producers will have the opportunity to see the most recent home-grown feature films, hold interviews with directors, actors and actresses and to create a business space.

Gran ViaAmong the Spanish feature films feature La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In), featuring Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, was partly shot in Madrid, Muertos de amor (Death by Love), shot in Quinta de los Molinos Park; the shorts Hombre con nube (Man with Cloud) and Low Cost, both filmed at the Viaduct.

Gran Vía of cinema

Gran Vía is one of the streets most closely linked to the film industry. Acclaimed directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar and Alex de la Iglesia have presented their view of this avenue in films like La flor de mi secreto (The Flower of My Secret), Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes), and El Día de la Bestia (The Day of the Beast) respectively.

The work of these directors is a journey through different stories, from childhood to the golden years, and always with reference to “La Gran Vía es vida” (Gran Vía is Life). Childhood is represented in A 400 pasos (400 Steps Away) by Max Lemcke, which takes a look at solitude, while Nuestro primer amanecer (Our First Sunrise) by Chus Gutiérrez explores adolescence from the perspective of three teenage girls, portraying a musical nightlife full of vitality.

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Locations like Madrid Río

In addition to Gran Vía, Madrid also boasts other prime locations. Favourite spots for filming include Casa de Campo, the Prado and Reina Sofía museums, Puente de Segovia Bridge, Plaza Mayor, Paseo de la Castellana, Madrid’s Amusement Park, the Ateneo, San Miguel Market, the Teleférico cable car, the Fine Arts Circle, Puerta del Sol, Atocha Station, Plaza de Oriente, and now Madrid Río.

All these unique places, and the solid audiovisual structure that Madrid offers, have made it one of the most film-friendly cities in the world. Promoción Madrid has played its part by adopting the film industry as a tourism promotion tool, given its international character and its potential to make other countries see the capital as an attractive destination for tourists and investors alike.