Croatia Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
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Filming in Croatia
For an introduction to shooting in Croatia see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, fringes, premiums, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
Croatia Film Locations
Croatia has long been a popular destination for travelling productions looking to film beautiful Mediterranean locations such as picturesque coastal towns, white sand beaches with azure seas, and rugged mountain roads.
Croatia has played host to international productions including Game of Thrones (2011-2019), Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), Sophie’s Choice (1982), and Fiddler on the Roof (1971) as well as a long list of TV commercial shoots.
Film locations can be divided into the following regions:
Coastal cities and towns of note include Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, Novigrad, Rabac, Labin, Fasana. Picturesque hilltop villages include Groznjan, Motovun, Hum, Oprtalj, Livade, Gračišće, and Pazin. Vodnjan has a pretty town square. Brijuni National Park is a group of fourteen small islands. Some of Istria’s most beautiful unspoilt beaches include Bršeč Beach, Oprna Beach, and the beaches of Kamenjak National Park.
On the mainland, the port city of Rijeka is known for the Governor’s Palace, Trsat Castle, Saint Vitus Cathedral, and Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Outside of Rijeka you can find the town of Kastav, the coastal village of Moscenice, and Risnjak National Park. Rijeka connects to the Kvarner islands of Cres, Krk, Losinj, Rab and Pag.
Dalmatia is known for the beautiful coastal cities of Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Brac, Vis, Korcula, Trogir, and Sibenik. Dubrovnik featured as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones (2011-2019). Elaphiti islets of note include Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan. The beautiful city of Zadar is the largest city in Dalmatia. Ston is known for its impressive medieval walls. The Peljesac peninsula is famous for its vineyards. The Makarska Riviera has blissful pebble beaches with the rugged Biokovo Mountain in the background. Jabuka and Brusnik are uninhabited volcanic islands. Galešnjak Island is a heart-shaped island. Plitvice Lakes National Park has turquoise lakes with beautiful forests and waterfalls. Other national parks of note include Mljet National Park, Krka National Park, and Kornati National Park. Kupari is an abandoned historic luxury resort available for filming. Some of Dalmatia’s most beautiful unspoilt beaches include Stiniva Beach, Punta Rata, Nugal Beach, Sunj Beach, Sveti Jakov Beach.
Slavonia is located in the less-explored northeast of Croatia. The region is known for its rural landscapes of sunflower fields, corn fields, and vineyards. Osijek is Slavonia’s largest city. It is known for its Tvrđa old town, parks and churches. Dvorac Pejačević is a beautiful castle in Našice. Đakovo has an impressive cathedral. Kopački Rit Nature Park is a beautiful wetland area.
Zagreb is the capital and main production centre where most key crew, equipment and talent are based. The city has a romantic medieval old town, Gornji Grad. Other locations of note include Zagreb Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church, The Art Pavilion, and Austro-Hungarian buildings in Donji Grad.
Outside of Zagreb there are several locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers. Varaždin is a city rich in Baroque architecture. Trakošćan Castle looks like a castle out of a fairytale. Brestovac Sanatorium is a haunting ruin. Petrova Gora, Stone Flower, and Podgaric Monument are Soviet-era structures located in Central Croatia.
Croatia Film Location Permits
No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. Permitting in Croatia is a very straightforward process. Some locations are possible to permit in as little as 24 hours. Most locations can be controlled for filming. It is more difficult to control the popular tourist locations especially in peak tourist season but it’s still possible with enough lead up time. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Coastal Croatia has hot, dry summers and mild winters. Coastal areas see plenty of sunshine from May to October. The peak tourist season is from July to August and is best avoided if you require exclusive use of locations. Croatia’s interior also has hot, dry summers but the winters are colder with mountainous areas seeing snowfall. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:
• Rijeka Carnival in January / February.
• Dubrovnik Carnival in February.
• Zadar’s Night of the Full Moon celebrations in August.
Croatia is a predominately Christian country so those holidays are observed.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Croatia.
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. Although Croatia is an EU country it still trades in the Croatian Kuna. For old world looks, Croatia is generally more expensive than countries farther east such as Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, but less less expensive than Czech or Hungary. Most crew and equipment are based in Zagreb so filming on the coast can add significant travel costs. Even so, Croatia remains one of Europe’s most cost efficient options for Mediterranean looks. Our Croatian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.
Tax Incentives. Croatia offers a cash rebate of up to 25% of production costs is available for feature films, television dramas, short films, documentaries and animations. An additional 5% rebate applies for productions filming in underdeveloped regions. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials shooting in Croatia.
Film Crew & Talent
Crew. Croatia has a limited pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. There is a good depth of local crews with plenty of experience servicing productions from all over the world. Key crew speaks fluent English. Crews are non-union and flexible with day rates and hours worked. Croatia’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of specialist crews should you ever need to look further.
Contact us if you are looking for a Zagreb or Dubrovnik 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 in Croatia.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Croatia offers mostly Croatian talent looks but its close proximity to other major European production centres allows you to access those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.
Fringes. No hidden extras.
Premiums. 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 cost calculated individually. There is no surcharge for weekend or night shoots. Turnaround is eleven hours.
Croatia Film Equipment
Equipment. All the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally in Croatia and anything additional can be easily brought in from nearby European production centres such as technocrane from Prague and Wescam from London. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Croatia is an ATA carnet country.
Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.
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 are comparable to the high standards found in Czech and Hungary.
Studios. Jadran Film has Croatia’s largest and best equipped film studios.
Backlots. None at present.
Post Production. Only basic facilities. Best to process / post abroad. Budapest and Vienna are the closest production centres with established post facilities.
Visas & Work Permits
No work permit required. Although Croatia is not a Schengen Area country, its visa policy is based on Schengen requirements. Visiting crews travelling on western passports can enter Croatia visa-free for stays of up to 90 days.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Croatia has an extensive, well maintained road network. During the summer peak season the main coastal highway can get extremely congested. Croatia is serviced well by many international airlines and low budget regional carriers.
Accommodation. Contact us for special rates at film friendly hotels in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and other parts of Croatia. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:
Safety. Croatia is a very safe and reliable place to film. 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 Croatia, please see below:
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