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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.

Croatia Film Locations

Croatia has long been a popular destination for travelling productions looking to film beautiful Mediterranean locations such as picturesque coastal towns, white sand beaches with azure seas, and rugged mountain roads. Film locations can be divided into the following regions:

Istria. Coastal cities and towns of note include Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, Novigrad, Rabac, Labin, Fasana. Picturesque hilltop villages include Groznjan, Motovun, Hum, Oprtalj, Livade, Gračišće, and Pazin. Vodnjan has a pretty town square. Brijuni National Park is a group of fourteen small islands.

Kvarner. On the mainland, the port city of Rijeka is known for the Governor’s Palace, Trsat Castle, Saint Vitus Cathedral, and Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Outside of Rijeka you can find the town of Kastav, the coastal village of Moscenice, and Risnjak National Park. Rijeka connects to the Kvarner islands of Cres, Krk, Losinj, Rab and Pag.

Dalmatia is known for the beautiful coastal cities of Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Brac, Vis, Korcula, Trogir, and Sibenik. Elaphiti islets of note include Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. The beautiful city of Zadar is the largest city in Dalmatia. Ston is known for its impressive medieval walls. The Peljesac peninsula is famous for its vineyards. The Makarska Riviera has blissful pebble beaches with the rugged Biokovo Mountain in the background. Jabuka and Brusnik are uninhabited volcanic islands. Galešnjak Island is a heart-shaped island. Plitvice Lakes National Park has turquoise lakes with beautiful forests and waterfalls. Other national parks of note include Mljet National Park, Krka National Park, and Kornati National Park.

Slavonia is located in the less-explored northeast of Croatia. The region is known for its rural landscapes of sunflower fields, corn fields, and vineyards. Osijek is Slavonia’s largest city. It is known for its Tvrđa old town, parks and churches. Dvorac Pejačević is a beautiful castle in Našice. Đakovo has an impressive cathedral. Kopački Rit Nature Park is a beautiful wetland area.

Central Croatia. Zagreb is the capital and main production centre where most key crew, equipment and talent are based. The city has a romantic medieval old town, Gornji Grad. Other locations of note include Zagreb Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church, The Art Pavilion, and Austro-Hungarian buildings in Donji Grad.

Outside of Zagreb there are several locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers. Varaždin is a city rich in Baroque architecture. Trakošćan Castle looks like a castle out of a fairytale. Brestovac Sanatorium is a haunting ruin. Petrova Gora, Stone Flower, and Podgaric Monument are Soviet-era structures located in Central Croatia.

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 & Tax Incentives

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.

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.

Film Crew & Talent

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.

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.

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. 

Croatia Film 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, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

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.

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

Visas & 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.

Transport & Accommodation

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

Final Notes

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:

Hire Croatia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Croatia, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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