Why Film in Chile?

6 Reasons to filming in Chile

1. We have varied and accessible locations

Given the geography of Chile, the full spectrum of landscapes and scenery can be found here. The cultural richness of each region means that it offers locations as diverse as the arid landscape in the north and glaciers in the south, the subtropical landscapes of Easter Island, polar environments in Patagonia and Antarctica, fields and vineyards in the central valleys, deserts, snow-capped mountains, ancient forests, cities, and towns, among thousands of other unique spaces for filming.

Thus, we have locations that resemble the modern cities of North America, the French countryside, corners of Europe, and different locations of the world.

In Chile, very different locations can be accessed in only a couple of hours. This closeness translates into saving time and cost. Production crews can shoot in the mountains during the morning and capture a sunset on the Chilean coast at only two hours’ distance, passing by the vineyards where Chilean wine is produced and other locations of the central valleys.

Additionally, being located in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile offers locations that depend on seasonal factors that may not be available in the Northern Hemisphere.

2. We have the ATA Carnet

This Customs document allows free temporary admission of goods, exempt from importation fees and other taxes such as the VAT (value-added tax).

It allows for the simplification of Customs procedures and the entry of goods for a determined period of time, in addition to being able to easily transit through other countries that have this document.

3. We’re an efficient, safe, and modern country

Chile is a nation with a stable economy and democracy, recognized in the region for its security and low crime and corruption indices, which make it one of the safest countries for filming in Latin America.

  • According to a study published in 2014, Chile had a homicide rate of 3.1% in 2012, the lowest index in Latin America.
  • According to the annual report from NGO Transparency International (2016), Chile is the country with the second-lowest corruption index.
  • The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, compiled by the World Economic Forum (WEF) situated Chile as 35th among 140 economies, leader in the region and above countries such as Italy, Portugal, and South Africa. Argentina occupied 106th place, with Brazil at 75th, Colombia, 61st, Uruguay, 73rd, and Mexico, 57th.
  • According to the study “Safe Cities Index 2015”, The Economist designated Santiago as number 18 in their list of 25 cities with the best quality of life in the world, and the only one in Latin America. The Chilean capital ranked above large European metropoles such as Paris, Madrid, London, and Rome.
4. We have specialized professionals and technical workers

Production and post-production crews, location scouts, actors, casting, lighting, grip, and camera, special effects, makeup, props, and many more.

Chile boasts qualified professionals and technicians with vast experience and world-class work.

There are also a high number of bilingual workers.

5. We have first-class technology

Chile has all of the technical equipment that a first-class production could need. Among them are:

  • Russian Arm: in Latin America there are only two of these available, and one of them is in Chile. The Russian Arm is a gyro-stabilized mount with a remotely controlled crane, operated by Joystick and mounted on a utility vehicle.
  • Grip: the Flight Head is available, which can be mounted to the roof of almost any automobile and can move 360º without a problem, absorbing vibrations even at high speed. There are helicopters prepared for aerial shots with the Tyler Mount and to achieve high-quality images.
  • MILO: we have MILO (Motion Control) which refers to the precise control of movements by computer through electric motors.
6. We have the “Chile Film Friendly Program”

Through this program, different municipalities in different regions of the country have signed up to wear this badge, proving their commitment to make filming there easier.
This program makes the country friendlier and benefits any community where filming takes place.

About Chile

General information

Chile Chile is nestled along the east coast of the southern cone of South America, between the highest segment of the Andes Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean. It’s capital is Santiago and it is location in the central region of the country, in Región Metropolitana (Metropolitan Region), divided into 52 communities and with a population of 6,061,185 inhabitants.

Chile is divided into 15 regions featuring unique geography, extending for more than 4,000 km (2,500 mi) with a population of 17,948,141 inhabitants.

Its currency is the Chilean peso. Here you can find the daily official indicators for the value in Chilean pesos of the Dollar and the Euro: indicadores Banco Central de Chile.


The official language is Spanish, and while all Chileans speak Spanish, local languages also exist, such as Mapudungun (Mapuche), Aymara, Quechua, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), among the principal indigenous communities of our country.


Chile stands out for its safety and low crime and corruption indices, which make it one of the safest countries for filming in Latin America; as well as having a stable economy and democracy.


In order to arrive to cities without air terminals, we have roads, highways, national and international routes, the availability of multiple modes of transportation, such as bus networks, ships, and vehicle rental to transport equipment/crew, among other methods, making transportation as fast and easy as possible.

Time zone

The standard time zone is UTC/GMT -4 hours.

Within its borders, Chile has all of the large climatic subtypes:
  • Desert - The Atacama Desert - Norte Grande
  • Semiarid - Chilean Matorral, steppe - Norte Grande (Andean Zone), Norte Chico
  • Mediterranean - Chilean Matorral, woodlands/scrub - Central Zone
  • Tropical - Easter Island, Juan Fernández Islands
  • Temperate Oceanic - Valdivian Forest - Southern Zone, Austral Zone (Coast)
  • Subpolar Oceanic - Magellanic Forests - Austral Zone
  • Semiarid - Patagonian Steppe - Austral Zone
  • Alpine - Andes Mountain Range - All natural regions of Chile
  • Tundra - Andes Mountain Range - All natural regions of Chile
  • Ice Climate - Northern and Southern Patagonian Ice Fields - Austral Zone

Seasonal changes can be taken advantage of throughout the country: summer (December to March), autumn (March to June), winter (July to September), and spring (September to December).


Chile boasts multiple gastronomy and hospitality services throughout the country.


If you would like to present a project, send your background information to:

Film Commission Chile
Ahumada #48, 5th floor, Santiago, Chile
+56 2 2618 9168