Denmark 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 Denmark? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Denmark
For an introduction to shooting in Denmark 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.
Denmark Film Locations
Denmark is a small country consisting of a peninsula and an archipelago of 407 islands. The country has hosted films including The Danish Girl, Dancer In The Dark, and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I. Film locations of interest can be divided into the following regions:
Capital Region of Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital and main film production centre, is a beautiful seaside city known for its modern and period architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, green spaces, canals and lakes, and interesting neighborhoods such as Christiania and Nyhavn. Copenhagen has several palaces including Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, and Rosenborg Castle. Other Copenhagen locations of interest to visiting productions include Grundtvig’s Church, Tivoli Gardens, Cisternerne, Rundetårn, Superkilen Park, BLOX, and the modern Blue Planet Aquarium. Tuborgflasken is an observation tower that looks like a giant beer bottle. Øresund Bridge and Drogden Tunnel make for interesting car commercial locations. Amager Resource Center is a power station with a rooftop ski slope and recreational hiking area.
Copenhagen is a hub for Scandinavian film and TV commercial productions. Its proximity to southern Sweden also makes it a gateway to filming in that part of the world.
This region of Denmark is also home to Kronborg Palace, Frederiksborg Palace, and Frederikssund viking village.
Møn’s Cliff (Møns Klint) and Stevn’s Cliff (Stevns Klint) are dramatic chalk cliffs on the Baltic Sea. Falster, Lolland and Møn are rustic islands in this region.
North Denmark Region
Voergaard Castle is located on the North Jutland peninsula. Grenen is Denmark’s most northernmost point where waves from two seas collide. Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse is slowly being swallowed by shifting sand dunes. Aalborg is the largest city in this region. It is known for its heavy industry shipyard and cement factories. Other locations of note in Alborg include the modernist Aalborg Tower and Jens Bang’s House.
Central Denmark Region
The landscape varies from North Sea sand dunes in the west, through to beautiful lakes and idyllic inlets in the east.
Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city. Locations of note in Aarhus include the Aarhus Theatre, Aarhus Hjernesamlingen (Aarhus Brain Collection), Aarhus Cathedral, and Rainbow Panorama at ARoS.
Samsø Labyrinten is located in this part of the Jutland peninsula.
Region of Southern Denmark
Locations of note include Egeskov Castle, Wadden Sea National Park, and Man Meets The Sea statues. The picturesque town of Ribe is Denmark’s oldest. Billund is home to the Lego House and Legoland.
Faroe Islands and Greenland
Denmark Film Location Permits
Denmark has a film friendly and streamlined permitting process. Shoots in Copenhagen that require exclusive use of public space such as laying track, setting up large lights, or controlling traffic, typically take about 2 weeks to permit. B-roll shoots in Copenhagen 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 Denmark. Copenhagen drone filming is heavily restricted. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Denmark has a four-season climate with warm summers (June to September), colorful leaves in fall (October to November), dark frosty winters (December to March), and spring in full bloom (April to May). May to October are the best months to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The Roskilde Festival and Copenhagen Jazz Festival take place in June / July every year.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Denmark.
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. As with most wealthy western countries with a high standard of living, Denmark is a relatively expensive place to shoot. Denmark trades in the Euro. That said, our locally based fixers and service producers will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.
Tax Incentives. Danish film funds are available for feature film and TV-series co-productions.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Unions exist but they are not strong so rates are negotiable. Denmark has a good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Copenhagen has a good depth of internationally experienced key and supporting crews that speak fluent English. Denmark’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 Copenhagen 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 Denmark.
Talent. Most citizens are ethnically Danish with some multicultural looks also available. The overall population is small but additional talent can easily be sourced from larger surrounding European production centres.
Denmark Film Equipment
Equipment. Denmark has a good depth and standard of locally available camera, grip and lighting equipment. Specialised equipment including car kits and heli-mounts are available locally. Gear can be rented from Twentyfourseven, Filmgear and Kameraudlejningen. Some specialized equipment needs to be brought in from abroad such as the Russian Arm. Denmark is an ATA carnet member 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 is of a very high standard. Set construction is very expensive.
Studios. Denmark has a variety of studio facilities.
Post Production. High standard of post production facilities.
Visas & Work Permits
Denmark is a Schengen Area member state. US film crews can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Contact your closest Danish embassy or representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Denmark has an extensive road, rail and ferry network connecting the archipelago. It is a small country where most locations can be reached within a short drive. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Denmark.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film-friendly hotels in Copenhagen and other parts of Denmark. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. Denmark is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Copenhagen is home to Noma, a restaurant that was four times named the best restaurant in the world.
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 Denmark, please see below:
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