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Croatia

Croatia Film & Photography Production Services.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Croatia? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Croatia? See below for an introduction to Croatia locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. Croatia is one of Europe’s most cost efficient options for Mediterranean looks, making it a popular destination to film deserted white sand beaches with azure seas, rugged car commercial roads and picturesque coastal towns. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers are the coastal cities of Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj, Korcula, Sibenik, Pula and Hvar. Cres Island offers these looks only with far less people around. Groznjan and Motovun are picturesque hilltop villages. Jabuka and Brusnik are two volcanic islands. Plitvice Lakes National Park has turquoise lakes with beautiful forests and waterfalls. Other national parks of interest include Kornati, Krka and Brijuni. Croatia also has Roman ruins, castles, vineyards and snowy mountains.

Zagreb is the capital and main production centre where key crew, equipment and talent travel from. The journey from Zagreb to the closest beaches in Rijeka are around a 1.5 hour drive. Dubrovnik is a 6 hour drive or a 40min flight. The small villages of Istria are around a 2 hour drive.

Croatia has played host to international productions including Star Wars Episode VIII, The Lake, Game of Thrones, Sophie’s Choice, and Fiddler on the Roof as well as a long list of TV commercial shoots.

Croatia Film Location Permits. No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. Permitting in Croatia is a very straightforward process. Some locations are possible to permit in as little as 24 hours. Most locations can be controlled for filming. It is more difficult to control the popular tourist locations especially in peak tourist season but it’s still possible with enough lead up time. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Coastal Croatia has hot, dry summers and mild winters. Coastal areas see plenty of sunshine from May to October. The peak tourist season is from July to August and is best avoided if you require exclusive use of locations. Croatia’s interior also has hot, dry summers but the winters are colder with mountainous areas seeing snowfall. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Rijeka Carnival in January / February.
• Dubrovnik Carnival in February.
• Zadar’s Night of the Full Moon celebrations in August.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Croatia.

Costs. Although Croatia is an EU country it still trades in the Croatian Kuna. For old world looks, Croatia is generally more expensive than countries farther east such as Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, but less less expensive than Czech or Hungary. Most crew and equipment are based in Zagreb so filming on the coast can add significant travel costs. Even so, Croatia remains one of Europe’s most cost efficient options for Mediterranean looks. Our Croatian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Croatia offers mostly Croatian talent looks but its close proximity to other major European production centres allows you to access those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.

Crew. Croatia has a limited pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. There is a good depth of local crews with plenty of experience servicing productions from all over the world. Key crew speaks fluent English. Crews are non-union and flexible with day rates and hours worked. Croatia’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of specialist crews should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Zagreb or Dubrovnik based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Croatia.

Fringes. No hidden extras.

Premiums. Our producer will package a deal that is fair to all. Typically local crew work a twelve hour day (11+1 hr lunch). Overtime after 12th hour cost calculated individually. There is no surcharge for weekend or night shoots. Turnaround is eleven hours. 

Equipment. All the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally in Croatia and anything additional can be easily brought in from nearby European production centres such as technocrane from Prague and Wescam from London. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Croatia is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction are comparable to the high standards found in Czech and Hungary.

Studios. Jadran Film has Croatia’s largest and best equipped film studios.

Backlots. None at present.

Tax Incentives. A cash rebate of up to 20% of production costs is available for feature films, television dramas, short films, documentaries and animations. Qualifying criteria include passing a cultural test and ensuring 30% of the crew are hired locally. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials shooting in Croatia.

Post Production. Only basic facilities. Best to process / post abroad. Budapest and Vienna are the closest production centres with established post facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. No work permit required. Although Croatia is not a Schengen Area country, visiting crews travelling on western passports can enter Croatia visa-free for stays of up to 90 days.

Transportation Infrastructure. Croatia has an extensive, well maintained road network. During the summer peak season the main coastal highway can get extremely congested. Croatia is serviced well by many international airlines and low budget regional carriers.

Accommodation. Contact us for special rates at film friendly hotels in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and other parts of Croatia. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:

Hotel Kazbek Dubrovnik
Esplanade Zagreb Hotel
Doubletree by Hilton Zagreb

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. Croatia is a very safe and reliable place to film. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Croatia, please see below:

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Croatia, please contact us.

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