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Slovenia

Slovenia 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 Slovenia? 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 Slovenia? See below for an introduction to Slovenia 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. Slovenia is known for its unspoiled nature and easily accessible locations. It is a very small country that within a 2 hour drive offers everything from Alpine peaks to Mediterranean looks, green meadows and rolling hills, Karst cave, Bled Island, pine forests, lakes, rivers and bubbling streams, vineyards, beaches, castles and palaces.

Ljubljana is the main production centre so key crew, equipment and talent need to travel from there. The drive to the seaside is about 1 hour. The beaches of Trieste or Grado are 1.5 hours. The Alps are anywhere from 20 mins to 2 hours.

Slovenia has hosted The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Red Tails, and an extensive list of TV commercials.

Slovenia Film Location Permits. Small shoots that do not require any control of public space, such as handheld b-roll filming do not require permits. Projects that require exclusive use of public space such as controlling traffic, laying track, large lighting setups, or pyrotechnics, require permits. Slovenia has fast turnaround on permitting with most permits able to be processed within 2 or 3 days. Slovenia permits drone filming. Filming in National Parks is restricted and requires special permits. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Slovenia has a Mediterranean climate on the coast and a continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaus and valleys to the east. The Alps in the north are warm in the summer and covered in snow in the winter. July to August is peak season for tourists on the coast so September to October is a better time to film if you want to lock down locations. November to February is peak season for tourists in the Alps. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Events of interest include the, Carnival in Ptuj (February), Pruning of the Old Vine (February), Open Kitchen Food Festival (March to October), and Feast of St. Martin (November).

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

Costs. Slovenia is one of the more expensive East European service centres. It is however a cost competitive option in terms of Mediterranean and Alpine looks. Slovenia trades in the Euro. See here for the current VAT rate. Our Slovenian service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Slovenia offers a mostly Caucasian mix of talent looks but its close proximity to major European production centres allows you to access those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. Some multicultural looks are available but are best suited for background roles.

Crew. Slovenia has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are experienced and speak fluent English. Crew are non-union. Slovenia’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Ljubljana 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 Slovenia. If you are looking for set medics we recommend Rescuers Vita Set Medics.

Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. 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 is calculated individually. There are no weekend, night or holiday loadings. Turnaround is 10 hours.

Equipment. All the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally in Slovenia. Some more specialised gear such as a variety of cranes, drones, car mounts and remote heads is also available. Anything additional can be easily brought in from nearby European production centres such Prague, Munich and London. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Slovenia is an ATA carnet country. For aerial filming check out Heli Video.

Art department and set construction are up to international standards. To give you an example of the high standard available, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, was shot in Slovenia.

Studios. Slovenia has several good facilities. VIBA is the largest of the studios with sound stages, wardrobe, workshops, production office, and post facilities.

Tax Incentives. Slovenia offers a 25% cash rebate for foreign feature films, TV series and documentaries filming in Slovenia. TV commercials are not included in this offer. Visit the Slovenian Film Centre for more information.

Post Production. Some facilities exist. Budapest and Vienna are the closest centres with extensive post facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. Slovenia is a member of the Schengen Area. No specific work permit required for filming. Crews travelling on US passports can stay visa-free for up to 90 days.

Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Slovenia is serviced well from many airports across Europe by both international and budget airlines.

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Ljubljana. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. Slovenia did not sustain any major damage during the Balkans War. 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 Slovenia, please see below:

Down Time. Visit Lake Bled.

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

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

Image courtesy of Jost Gantar