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The Panama Film Commission is a division under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, that provides Incentives for the Film Industry. Panama has an interesting range of incentives, available to companies and independent professionals interested in carrying out projects in the country.

Our main incentive is the economic return of 25% of the total of goods and services purchased from local suppliers in Panama when investing more than $500,000. We also offer Tax exoneration on all equipment imported for use in film productions.

We also offer:

A One Stop Shop for film permits and production needs. • A directory of providers of equipment and services related to the film industry (location scouting, makeup, catering, editing, etc.). • The facilitation of visas and work permits, before coming to Panama. • Special incentives for companies that want to open permanent film facilities in Panama.

Panama can simulate major cities of the world, closer to you and with lower costs.

Q Rebate percentage offered

Panama is now offering 25% cash back on the total expenditure for your production.

Q Minimum spend required per project

The minimum spend is 500k

Q Program funds available

Our law does not establish a cap on the number of productions that can benefit from this incentive.

Q Applicant requirements -- is a Panamanian production services company required to make a claim?

Yes, the claim should be done through a Panamanian production service company.

Q Cultural test criteria or other content requirements -- specifically, are

No cultural requirements or any other requirements other than the minimum spend.

Q At what point do expenses begin to qualify for the rebate? Does an initial application need to be submitted before expenses begin to qualify?

All the expenses incurred in Panamanian land related to the production can qualify. This means that after you have officially registered the production with us, all expenses after the date you register your production can potentially qualify.

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