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Czech Republic

Czech Republic 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 Czech Republic? 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 Czech Republic? See below for an introduction to Czech Republic 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. Czech Republic’s well established film infrastructure and depth of locations means it continues to be a favourite destination for many international productions.

Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include old world architecture, castles and palaces, rustic countryside, winding roads ideal for car commercials, picturesque towns such as Cesky Krumlov and Telc, beautiful landscapes such as lakes, deep forests, rolling hills and snow-capped mountains. Czech offers an impressive variety of locations within a short drive from the capital.

Prague is the main production centre and all needs to travel from there. Prague is a very popular film destination both for its state of the art studio infrastructure as well as its wealth of magnificent gothic, baroque, art nouveau, cubist and contemporary architecture. Locations of particular interest include Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Wenceslas Square, Frank Gehry’s Dancing House, Strahov Monastery, National Theatre and State Opera buildings, to name a few.

Czech has hosted many Hollywood feature films including Casino Royale, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Peacemaker, Hostel and Hellboy, as well as a long list of TV series and commercial productions.

Czech Film Location Permits. Czech has a film-friendly and streamlined permitting process. Small, handheld shoots that do not require exclusive use of public space are not required to have permits. In Prague, larger productions are required to have permits from the relevant local administrative district and the roads authority. Permits typically take 10 days to process but this can be expedited at extra cost. Some historic locations have their own special restrictions and fees. Shoots outside of Prague usually take around 3 days to permit, depending on the location. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Czech has a four-season climate with hot summers, colourful leaves in fall, white winters, and spring in full bloom. May to October are the best months to film for warm weather looks. November to April has snow on the mountains. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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

Costs. Although Czech is one of the more expensive former Eastern Bloc countries, the high standard of services makes it very good value for money, and a cost competitive alternative to Western Europe. Our Czech 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. Day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Most local talent looks are central European of a Slavic background. Czech does not have a large pool of multicultural talent as you might find in the US or UK, but there are enough to fill extra roles. In any case, Prague’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. 

Crews. Czech has a good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Its close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of creative talent should you ever need to look further.

Czech is known for having exceptional English speaking crews with extensive experience in international productions. The quality is comparable to that of crews in Germany. Czech crews are non-union.

Contact us if you are looking for a Prague 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 Czech.

Fringes. Crew members are independent contractors. As far as crew fringes are concerned there is no workers compensation or payroll tax.

Premiums. Czech works on a 12 hour shoot day with 1 hour for lunch. Meal penalties apply. The working week is 6 days with shooting on the 7th day incurring double time fees. Turnaround is 10 hours between shifts. No premiums for weekends or public holidays.

Equipment. Czech has a deep range of standard and specialised camera, lighting and grip equipment with companies such as Arri, Vantage, Panther, Panavision and Panalux all present. Some specialised gyro heads and camera cars need to be brought in.

For productions looking to bring in film equipment Czech is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set constructionOne of the main areas that sets Czech apart from the rest of the world is its world renowned art department. Construction is the best in central Europe.

Studios. Czech has several large, state of the art studio facilities including sound stages, water tank, production offices, props, and backlot of rolling green terrain. Czech studios have hosted many Hollywood feature films including The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian, A Knight’s Tale and The Brothers Grimm. Smaller studios of note include Letna Studios.

Tax Incentives. Czech offers a 20% rebate on qualifying Czech spend and 10% on qualifying international spend. The rebate is available to feature, TV, animation and documentary films with a runtime of at least 70 minute and to TV episodes with a runtime of at least 40 minutes per episode.

Post Production. Czech offers a variety of high standard post facilities including VFX, animation, editing, and film labs. Post companies of note include UPP.

Visas and Work Permits. Czech is a member of the Schengen Area. Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. US film crews can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Contact your local Czech embassy / representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Czech is serviced well from many airports across Europe.

Accommodation. Contact us for film friendly hotels in Prague. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:

Hotel Josef
Buddha Bar Hotel
Aria Hotel
Design Hotel Neruda
Mamaison Residence Belgicka

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. 

Safety. Czech is a very safe and reliable filming centre. 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 Czech, please see below:

Down Time. Czech has a great selection of local beers. Try some knedliky.

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

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