Lithuania 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 Lithuania? 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 Lithuania? See below for an introduction to Lithuania locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.
Lithuania Film Locations
Lithuania is known for its castles, lakes and forests, wheat and barley fields, seaside and beaches, winding car commercial roads, industrial estates, and Soviet-era architecture.
Lithuania has hosted productions including Hannibal Rising, Transsiberian, and The Eichmann Show, as well as miniseries series’ such as Chernobyl, Catherine the Great, War and Peace, Defiance, Elizabeth I, and Anna Karenina.
Vilnius is the capital and main production centre. The city is small so it’s easy for visiting productions to move between locations. Vilnius is known for its well preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Specific locations of note include the beautiful Cathedral Square, Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, St. Anne’s Church, Gediminas Castle Tower, and The Gate of Dawn.
The former capital Kaunas is known for museums, galleries, palaces, and parks. Locations of note include Kaunas Castle, Pažaislis Monastery, and Town Hall Square.
Trakai National Park is best known for Trakai Island Castle.
Other national parks of note include Curonian Spit National Park, Aukštaitija National Park, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Dzukija National Park, and Žemaitija National Park.
The Hill of Crosses, near the city of Siauliai is a unique film location.
The decommissioned Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant featured in the HBO series Chernobyl.
Rumšiškės is an open-air museum town depicting a 1700’s market square, church and inn.
Lithuania Film Location Permits
Lithuania is a very film friendly country. For small footprint shoots such as b-roll, city permits are not required. Larger shoots requiring exclusive use of public space require permits from relevant authorities but generally don’t take much longer than a week to process. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Lithuania has a typical four-season climate with white winters (December to March), spring in full bloom (April to May), warm summers (June to September), and colourful leaves in fall (October to November). Spring through to fall are the best months to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Lithuania plays host to music events throughout the summer. Taking place in July, Klaipeda city’s Sea Festival is the largest summer celebration.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Lithuania.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Lithuania trades in the Euro. Depending on your shoot, more specialised crew and equipment may need to be brought in. Generally speaking, even with that factored in, Lithuania is still one of the least expensive places to film in Europe. On average it is less expensive than neighbouring Latvia and Estonia. Our Lithuanian 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. Lithuania offers a 20% sponsor tax credit for qualifying co-productions. For more information visit the Lithuanian Film Centre.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Lithuania has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Lithuanian crews are known to be efficient, hard working and flexible with day rates and working hours. Department heads all speak fluent English. Crews are often sourced from other Baltic countries giving the region a depth of 5-6 good crews. Bringing in specialist crew is recommended for more complicated jobs. Lithuania’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those technical and creative crews.
Contact us if you are looking for a Vilnius 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 Lithuania.
Talent is non-union. Day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Lithuania has mainly Slavic and Scandinavian looking featured talent. Most other talent looks need to be cast abroad. Lithuania’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.
Lithuania Film Equipment
Equipment. Lithuania has standard lighting, grip and camera packages including REDs and Alexas. Nearby Latvia, Finland and Germany are the closest countries to bring in more specialized equipment. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Lithuania is an ATA carnet country.
Communications. 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.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction in the Baltic region is of an international standard. Builds are very cost competitive and one of the major reasons to film in this part of the world. There are at least 4 very good art department teams. Of the Baltic states Lithuania is traditionally the busiest with films whilst Latvia services commercials and Estonia shoots the least of both.
Studios. Lithuanian Film Studios offer good services including a sound stage, the best green screen in the Baltics, and specialist high-speed table-top shoot facilities.
Post Production. Lithuania has some basic post facilities. If you are shooting on film the closest places to process are Helsinki or Berlin.
Visas & Work Permits
Lithuania 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 Lithuanian embassy / representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Lithuania is a small country with a good network of well maintained roads, so most locations are quick and easy to reach. Lithuania is well serviced by several international and regional budget airlines.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Vilnius. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. Lithuania is a very safe and reliable filming centre. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Visit Vilnius’s UNESCO World Heritage Old Town.
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 Lithuania, please see below:
Hire Lithuania Production Support & Shooting Crew
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