Barcelona’s reputation as a global media hub is only growing stronger, with a vast selection of professional media production companies now operating in the Catalan capital. Every year, hundreds of commercials, television series and films are shot in and around Barcelona. Perhaps due to the agreeable climate and wealth of varied, ideal locations, many international production companies make Barcelona the go-to stop for their productions.
However, many innovative local companies are also taking advantage of the favorable conditions, operating at full strength and making their mark on international media.
Here are some Barcelona-based production companies that are doing a great work.
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Polar Star Films
Polar Star Films is an independent production company native to Barcelona that has been producing creative documentaries, short fiction, and commercials since 1997. The company currently specializes in producing innovative feature-length documentaries and frequently coproduces with broadcasters like ARTE, BBC, RTVE and TVC (Televisió de Catalunya).
Polar Star has won numerous international awards for its films, and one of their recent documentaries, Google And The World Brain, was chosen for the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
TwentyFour Seven claims its name is not only a name but also their approach to business. A Barcelona company with vast experience in basically every platform, they are renowned for professional service and innovative work on an international level. They also have offices in Madrid and Lisbon.
The company has worked with an impressive list of directors, from the auteur (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Wim Wenders), to the popular (James Bond director Martin Campbell) , and from the celebrity (Penélope Cruz) to the offbeat (Resident Evil director Paul W.S Anderson). They have produced commercials, as well as feature documentaries and narrative film. One co-production combined both mediums and resulted in the excellent docu-drama The Impostor, which won international critical acclaim and a BAFTA film award in 2012.
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Story is a production company based in Barcelona with offices in Mexico and Portugal, known primarily for creative, innovative commercials work across all media. Keen on telling stories in all forms, they have a production arm, Pandora, specifically for producing shorts, including the award-winning Tramuntana. They have also produced slick, professional commercials for Cadbury’s chocolate in the UK, and also for Chevrolet and holiday rental site AirBnb.
Smile is a perennially cheerful production and service company, who makes its mark by drawing smiley faces for all their clients, and their motto is ‘great things also happen in Spain’. Smile was founded in Barcelona in 1997 and it undertakes a huge variety of services including making commercials, corporate videos, films, motion graphics, as well as offering production and photography services.
Although its headquarters are in Barcelona, the company produces projects across Spain and all over the world. The young, passionate and professional team have produced innovative commercials for the likes of Desigual, Holifestival and Chupa Chups, and always seek exciting new ways to tell stories.
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