Austria Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Austria? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Austria
For an introduction to shooting in Austria see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
Austria Film Locations
Austria is a landlocked country located in Central Europe. It is best known for its beautiful Alpine locations, many of which are easily accessible by road. Other film locations of note include castles, palaces, museums, churches, contemporary architecture, snow-capped mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, and picturesque mountain towns.
Agricultural film locations include plantations of wheat, corn, barley, rye, rapeseed, potatoes, apples, grapes, and pears. Austria’s high-tech manufacturing sector produces products such as luxury goods, steel, chemicals, and automobiles. Other industrial locations include iron ore, tungsten, and graphite mines. Energy locations include hydroelectric dams, as well as wind, and solar power facilities.
Austria has hosted films including Woman in Gold (2015), Spectre (2015), A Dangerous Method (2011), Quantum of Solace (2008), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), The Three Musketeers (1993), and The Sound of Music (1965).
Austria is divided into nine states including Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria, Tyrol, Carinthia, Salzburg, Vorarlberg, and Burgenland.
Film locations in Austria can be divided into the three main production centres you’re most likely to base your crew – Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck.
Vienna is the capital and main production centre. Locations of interest include Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Belvedere Palace, Vienna State Opera, Nationalbibliothek, Hundertwasserhaus, Stephansdom gothic cathedral, Austrian Parliament Building, Central Cemetery, United Nations Office, and the Museums Quartier. Museums of note include the Leopold Museum, Belvedere Palace Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Albertina, and Natural History Museum, to name a few.
A short drive east from Vienna takes you to locations such as the medieval castle Burg Kreuzenstein and the Roman ruins of Carnuntum. Austria’s vineyards are also in the eastern part of the country. To the west of Vienna you can find the historic city of Krems, Melk Abbey, Schloss Ernegg, and Green Lake (a park that transforms into a lake that people scuba dive in the summer).
Salzburg is famous for its Old Town’s baroque splendour and surrounding Alpine beauty. Locations of note include Hohensalzburg Castle, Schloss Leopoldskron, Schloss Hellbrunn, and Mirabell Palace.
Locations of note a short drive from Salzburg include Hohenwerfen Castle, Schloss Fuschl, Pasterze Glacier, Eisriesenwelt ice cave, Liechtenstein Gorge, and Hallstatt salt mine. Zell am See and Hallstatt are beautiful lakeside mountain towns. Ski resorts of note near Salzburg include Kitzbuhel, Schladming, and Kitzsteinhorn. Grossglockner Alpine Road is an ideal location for car shoots.
Heading south you can find locations such as Hochosterwitz Castle, Lake Worthersee, and the Lookout Tower Pyramidenkogel.
Innsbruck is the capital of the state of Tyrol, best known for its idyllic mountain villages, picturesque valleys and countryside, lakes and rivers. Innsbruck locations of note include the Old Town and Winter Olympic facilities such as Bergisel Ski Jumping Hill which was designed by Zaha Hadid.
Outside of Innsbruck you can find Krimml Falls, Kufstein Fortress, Schwaz Silver Mine, and Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Ski resorts of note a drive from Innsbruck include Samnaun, Stubaier Gletscher, Mayrhofen, Lech, and Rosshutte.
Austria Film Location Permits
Shoots that require exclusive use of public space such as laying track, setting up large lights, or controlling traffic, typically take about 1 to 2 weeks to permit. Locations in Vienna often require permits from multiple government departments. B-roll shoots in Vienna that are not affecting public movement do not require permits. That said, it is always a good idea to have a fixer along to make sure the shoot runs smoothly. Drone filming is permitted in Austria. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Austria has a temperate continental climate. Winter (November to March) is cold and snow-covered, especially in the Alps. Spring (April to May) is mild with wildflowers in full bloom. Summer (June to September) is warm and dry with long shoot days. Fall is mild with leaves changing colour. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
• Bregenz Festival takes place in July / August.
• Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas Market located in front of Vienna’s City Hall is open from November and December.
• Austria also hosts many classical music events including Schubertiade and Musikfestival Grafenegg.
Austria is a majority Christian nation, so those holidays are observed.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Austria.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs of Filming. Austria trades in the Euro. Generally speaking costs in Austria are similar to France and Germany. See here for the current VAT rate. If shooting in Vienna, considerable cost savings can be made by running the production through Bratislava, which is only 60km from Vienna. Slovak crews, talent and equipment are a much less expensive alternative to local Austrian options. In any case, whatever the budget, our Austrian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every project.
Tax Incentives. Austria offers a 25% grant for qualifying productions.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Austria 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. Austrian crews are of a high international standard. They work in small, efficient teams. Crews are in unions however there is enough flexibility to package deals.
Contact us if you are looking for a director, DoP / cinematographer, videographer / camera operator, stills photographer, or any other film crew for your shoot in Austria – Vienna, Innsbruck or Salzburg.
If you are an exceptionally talented Austrian director, DoP / cinematographer, videographer / camera operator, or stills photographer, introduce yourself here.
Talent. Is non-union and buyouts are negotiable.
German is the official language. Many actors and models also speak English.
Most talent in Austria is Caucasian with some Turkish and Balkan looks also available. All other talent is best cast abroad. Austria’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. See here for recommended Austrian casting and talent resources.
Austria Film Equipment
Equipment. Austria has a good selection of camera, grip and lighting equipment houses including Arri Rentals Vienna. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Austria is an ATA carnet country.
Communication. Austria is a modern country with a highly developed and efficient internet and phone network. Visiting productions can expect fast and reliable online casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction. High quality art department and set construction.
Studios. Austria has smaller high quality studio facilities. There are no large scale studio facilities at this stage. See here for examples.
Post Production. See here for examples.
Visas & Work Permits
Austria is a member of the Schengen Area. US passport holders can enter Austria visa-free for stays of up to 90 days.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are up to expected European standards. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Austria.
Accommodation. Given its vibrant tourism economy, Austria has a wealth of accommodation options for visiting crews to enjoy. See here for recommended film-friendly hotels in Vienna.
Safety. Austria is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Visit the museums of Vienna.
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 Austria, please see below:
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