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Macedonia

Macedonia 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 Macedonia? 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 Macedonia? See below for an introduction to Macedonia locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. Macedonia is known for its Byzantine churches, Greek and Roman ruins, cobblestone Ottoman streets, stately neoclassical homes, national parks, mountains, canyons, pine forests, caves, hot springs, and vineyards.

Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers is Lake Ohrid, Mavrovo National Park, Pelister National Park, Galichica National Park, Matka Canyon, Treskavec monastery, Church of St. John at Kaneo, St. Jovan Bigorski monastery, Yugoslav-era Makedonium monument, and the Old Bazaar in Skopje. Shutka is the largest Roma community in Europe.

The Peacemaker was partly filmed in Macedonia.

Macedonia Film Location Permits. No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. Permitting in Macedonia is a very straightforward process. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Macedonia has a transitional climate from Mediterranean to continental. The summers (June to September) are hot and dry and the winters (November to March) are moderately cold. May through to September are the best months to shoot for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Traditional Macedonian festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Vevcani Carnival in January.
• Strumica Carnival in March / April.
• Galicnik Wedding Festival in July.

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

Costs. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Macedonian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Casting facilities are rather undeveloped in Macedonia so street casting is often required. Macedonia offers mainly Macedonian and Albanian looks. Its close proximity to major European production centres allows you easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.

Crews. Macedonia has a very small local pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad. Macedonia’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those crews. 

Contact us if you are looking for a 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 for your shoot in Macedonia.

Equipment. Only the most basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. Best to bring in all equipment from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Macedonia is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction are basic.

Studios. Basic facilities exist but studios are not Macedonia’s strong point.

Backlots. None exist at present.

Tax Incentives. 20% cash rebate exists on qualifying Macedonian spend. For more information see Macedonian Film Agency.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Macedonia is not a Schengen Area member. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Contact your local Macedonian embassy / representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Several international airlines service flights to Macedonia.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Skopje include:

Aleksandar Palace
Hotel Stone Bridge
Duvet Boutique Hotel

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Please contact us for corporate rates.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. 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 Macedonia, please see below:

Down Time. Macedonia has some interesting monasteries and ancient ruins worth exploring.

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

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.