Slovakia 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 Slovakia? 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 Slovakia? See below for an introduction to Slovakia 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. Slovakia locations of interest include castles, fortresses, rivers and bubbling creeks, traditional villages, pinewood forests, Eastern Bloc architecture, mountain lakes, unique gypsy villages and snowy mountains.
Slovakia is known for its castles. Of note are the medieval ruins of Spis Castle and the fairytale castle at Bojnice.
Picturesque towns of interest include Bardejov, Banská Štiavnica, and Levoca.
The High Tatras Mountains offer a low cost option for filming Alpine looks. Good snow coverage is expected by early November. For up to date High Tatras snow conditions please see here.
Slovakia’s agricultural looks of interest include wheat, rye and corn fields, as well as vineyards.
Bratislava is the main production centre and everything needs to travel from there. It is not Europe’s grandest city but it still has some nice old European looks to choose from. Bratislava is only 60km from Vienna. Shooting in Vienna through Bratislava is a cost efficient option well worth considering. For example, a good Slovak gaffer costs around 150 Euros / day versus an equally good Austrian gaffer costing around 500 Euros / day. We have seen overall cost savings of up to 30% by shooting in Vienna via Bratislava.
Slovakia has hosted films such as The Peacemaker, Behind Enemy Lines, and Dragonheart as well as TV series such as Marco Polo.
Slovakia Film Location Permits. Downtown locations take a week. Most other locations usually take two to three days for permission. Slovakia offers locations that are normally difficult to access such as blocking traffic on overpasses and busy city streets. National Park permits for shooting in the High Tatras typically take a week but can be rushed through in three days in the event of an emergency. Please contact us for more location specific information.
When to shoot? Slovakia has a typical four-season climate with warm summers, colourful leaves in fall, white winters, and spring in full bloom. May to September are the best months to film for sunny weather. November to April are the best months for snowy mountain looks. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Festivals and events of interest include the Sled Dog World Championships Sprint held in Donovaly in February, and the Východná Folklore Festival held in July.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Slovakia.
Costs. Slovakia is much less expensive than western Europe but more expensive than some of its eastern neighbours such as Latvia, Romania or Ukraine. Slovakia trades in the Euro. Our Slovakian service producer / fixer 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. Slovakia is predominately Slovak, with large minorities of Hungarians, Czechs and Gypsies. Other looks are not as widely available and are best cast abroad. Slovakia’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. Slovakia has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are non-union. Slovakia has good crews who have extensive international production experience. Key crew all speak fluent English. Slovakian stunt crews are world renowned. Slovakia’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those technical and creative crews should you ever need to look further.
Contact us if you are looking for a Bratislava 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 for your shoot in Slovakia.
Fringes. No hidden extras. Crew members are independent contractors.
Premiums. Slovakia works on a 12 hour shoot day. Crew do not deduct lunch so there is 11 hours of shooting time. Double time is paid for seventh day. There are no other premiums.
Equipment. Slovakia has a decent stock of locally available camera, grip and lighting equipment. Additional equipment can be easily brought in from the well stocked film centres of Prague or Vienna. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Slovakia is an ATA carnet country.
Art department and set construction. High quality art department and construction is one of the main reasons to shoot in Slovakia. Slovak construction companies are renowned internationally.
Studios. Not many to choose from. The largest is Koliba Studios.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Slovakia.
Post Production. Processing and telecine is best done in nearby Listofilm Vienna.
Visas and Work Permits. Slovakia is a member of the Schengen Area. Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. Visiting US film crews can enter visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Contact your local Slovak embassy / representative for more information.
Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Bratislava is serviced well from many airports across Europe. Vienna’s international airport is only 35 km away from Slovakia.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Bratislava and other parts of Slovakia. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Accommodation of note includes Mamaison Residence Sulekova.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Safety. Slovakia 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 Slovakia, please see below:
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