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Montenegro

Montenegro 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 Montenegro? 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 Montenegro? See below for an introduction to Montenegro 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.

Montenegro Film Locations

Montenegro offers unique, beautiful and undiscovered locations. The diversity of locations range from rugged mountains, canyons, caves, national parks, vineyards, beaches, monasteries, fortresses, castles and palaces, cobblestone streets, snowy peaks, forests, glacial lakes and rivers. Montenegro is an ideal location for car commercials with narrow, winding mountain roads and dozens of tunnels. Being a small country, locations are a relatively short drive from each other. Montenegro film locations of interest include:

Durmitor National Park scenic mountain landscapes, glacial lakes, abundant forests and deep gorges. Tara River Canyon and the famous 140m high Tara Bridge that crosses it. Winter offers ski resorts with plenty of snow.

Bay of Kotor with the old Medieval city of Kotor and the Baroque city of Perast. Mamula Island hosts a luxury resort that was once a concentration camp.

Budva is the main seaside tourist town and most likely place to stay when shooting coastal looks. Nearby Sveti Stefan is a picturesque Medieval island.

Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro. It offers a mixture of architectural styles ranging from Ottoman Empire Turkish, Eastern bloc Brutalist to newly built contemporary glass-and-steel structures. Three kilometres from Podgorica you can find the ruins of Doclea, a town known for its Greek, pre-Roman and Roman history.

Biogradska Gora in Kolasin offers untouched forest, towering mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers, green picturesque pastures and traditional villages.

Towards the Albanian border you can find the beautiful 12km beach of Ulcinj, the rugged Prokletije Mountain and Skadar Lake.

Montenegro Film Location Permits

No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. Permitting in Montenegro is a very straightforward process. There are no state fees for shooting and most permits usually take no more than 2 days. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Montenegro has a transitional climate from Mediterranean to continental. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are mild on the coast and snowy in the mountains. April through to September is the best time to film for long, sunny shoot days. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Traditional Montenegrin festivals of note include the Kotor Carnival in February and Gornja Lastva Fiesta in August.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

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. Montenegro charges a 19% VAT. Crews are typically brought in from nearby Serbia which is also cost efficient. Montenegro trades in the EURO but it does not have the high local costs that you would typically find in the Eurozone. Our Montenegrin fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Montenegro.

Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Montenegro has a small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Some supporting crews are available locally. Rates and hours of work are negotiable and always flexible to budgetary requirements. Experienced, English speaking key crew can easily be brought in from Serbia. Specialist technical and creative crew can be brought in from nearby major European production centres.

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 Montenegro.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis.

Montenegro offers mainly Montenegrin, Serb, Bosniak 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.

Montenegro Film Equipment

Montenegro has a small pool of basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. Additional equipment can be easily brought in from nearby Serbia and more specialist equipment such as helicopters with camera heads are best brought in from Italy or other major European production centres. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Montenegro is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction are basic.

Studios and Backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. We post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Montenegro is not a member of the Schengen Area. Visiting crews entering on Western passports can enter visa-free for periods of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to film in Montenegro.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are well maintained. Roads in rural and mountain areas are slower going. Several international airlines service flights to Montenegro.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Montenegro include:

Zabljak (for mountains):
Polar Star
Hotel Soa

Budva (for coastal):
Splendid
Hotel Aman Sveti Stefan

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

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 Montenegro, please see below:

Hire Montenegro Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Montenegro, 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.

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