Host Region: Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, The Island for Animation!

Having already become a well-known audiovisual hub for national and international live-action productions, Gran Canaria is getting more and more famous due to its growing animation industry.

Over the past recent years, the audiovisual sector has grown exponentially and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria (Council of the island) has turned its efforts towards the development of creative and digital industries with a new initiative called “Digital Crea Gran Canaria”.

In this sense, the Council of the island has launched two new filming studios with 1.200 and 1.800 sqm with annex facilities, ready to host many national and international indoor productions. A new virtual production stage with LED technology will be available in 2024 in the same filming studios in order to support digital creative companies on the island, particularly in the animation, digital production, video games and other sectors involving digital processes. This new virtual stage is financed by the Gran Canaria´s Council and co-financed by the European Union with Next Generation Funds.

WHY GRAN CANARIA?

Many animation studios have seen some major key factors to establish, develop and produce from Gran Canaria to the world.

UNBEATABLE TAX INCENTIVES

The Canary Islands count with an exclusive and unique Economic and Fiscal Regime (REF) fully authorized by the Spanish Government and the European Commission (EU) providing Gran Canaria with one of the most competitive tax incentives schemes of Europe. This includes up to a 54% tax rebate for foreign productions and tax credit for Spanish productions & coproductions or a 4% reduced corporate income tax rate for new companies that want to establish in Gran Canaria among other R&D incentives.

QUALITY OF LIFE & COMPETITIVE COST OF LIVING

Gran Canaria is the perfect place where business and pleasure meet: mild weather (average temperature of 23ºC all year round), leisure & cultural activities, competitive costs of living, high-quality public services, cosmopolitan city, great air connectivity with main European cities…

Gran Canaria is an island full of contrasts, from the cooler north to the sunny south, this perfect island has everything you could wish for: the great diversity of its climate, more than 236km of coastline, golden & black sandy beaches, golden sandy dunes, the lush forests, an exotic flora and fauna, volcanic craters, desertic landscapes, the unlikely snow in the highest peaks, cosmopolitan city & colonial towns, and for all this it has been called a “Miniature Continent”.

DEDICATED INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT

Gran Canaria’s public entities are deeply committed with the development of the audiovisual industry and in particular with the animation sector. The team of the Economic Development Agency (SPEGC) and the Gran Canaria Film Commission works to make the development of the business and the production as efficient and easy as possible.

Part of this dedicated institutional support translates among others in a soft-landing package: Free of charge advice, specialized buildings and facilities for the digital content industry, access to local talent and financing instruments specialized in this sector.

On the other hand, the SPEGC offers fully financed tailored training packages to meet animation studio’s needs. Some of these courses are the 3rd and 5th edition of 2D & 3D animation masters, animation production, storyboard & layout, rigging of 3D characters… Gran Canaria´s compromise with the animation sector goes beyond. The island hosts animation festivals such as “Animayo Summit”, which celebrated this year its 18th edition and is currently the first and only Spanish animation festival declared “qualifying festival” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Hollywood for the Oscar Awards.

Since 2018, the Economic Development Agency of Gran Canaria (SPEGC) through the Gran Canaria Film Commission has supported Cartoon Business events on the island, hosting the first edition in 2018, its second in 2021, its third in 2022 and the current edition in 2023.

ANIMATION ART BUILDERS

"Perruncho" is a local independent animation studio that opened in 2012, specializing in traditional animation techniques such as 2D hand-drawn audiovisuals and stopmotion, being awarded internationally with short films like “Rupestre” and “Minotauro”.

"Ánima" is a company with bases in Mexico, Madrid and Gran Canaria and counts with more than 20 years of experience in 2D, 3D and CGI animation, being the top animation studio in Latin America. They are the creators of well-known IPs such as “Cleo & Cuquín”, which has been sold to more than 40 countries and is now also streaming worldwide on Netflix, “Brave Bunnies” among others.

"Amuse Studios" creates digital heroes for kids. Amuse’s top 2D & 3D animators are backed by a data-based editorial strategy that exploits worldwide distribution network to test and iterate our concepts. The result is 360° creative content tailored to reach its audience organically and promote universal, positive values. Translated into 27 languages, content is distributed to all major digital, VOD, and OTT platforms across more than 100 channels, generating 600 million monthly views worldwide. Their portfolio includes: Plum the Super Witch, Miliki, Sharks Nursery, Increditales…

"Big Technological Services" offers outsourcing services including 2D and 3D animation, scripting, music, visual effects, rendering, dubbing, translation, subtitling,
etc.

"Koyi Talent"
arrived to produce the world’s recognized “Pocoyo’’ series. Pocoyo has been internationally awarded in its 20 years lifetime receiving among others the BAFTA and Annecy awards, is thus one of the most awarded Spanish series in history. The “Pocoyó” series has been aired in more than 150 countries. The studio focuses on 2D and 3D animation for pre-school and teen audiences and offers services from the pre-production stage all the way to final delivery.

"Fortiche" is a creative production company that has its headquarters in Paris (France). The studio’s graphic style blending 2D & 3D makes it unique. They are behind “Arcane” recently awarded with 4 Emmys, Netflix original series, based on Riot Games’ ‘League of Legends’ world.