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North Macedonia

North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in North Macedonia

For an introduction to shooting in North Macedonia 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.

North Macedonia Film Locations

North Macedonia is known for its Byzantine churches, Greek and Roman ruins, cobblestone Ottoman streets, stately neoclassical homes, national parks, mountains, canyons, pine forests, caves, hot springs, and vineyards.

Skopje is the capital and main production service centre. The city offers everything from Ottoman-era mosques to imposing Soviet-era structures. North Macedonia’s second largest city, Bitola is known for its ancient Greek, Roman and Ottoman architecture. Kratovo is a mountain town known for its bridges and towers that date back to the Middle Ages. Beautiful nature locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Lake Ohrid, Mavrovo National Park, Pelister National Park, Galichica National Park, and Matka Canyon. Byzantine locations of note include Treskavec monastery, Church of St. John at Kaneo, and St. Jovan Bigorski monastery. Communist Yugoslav-era structures of interest include the Makedonium monument and the Skopje Hydrometeorological Service Building. Shutka is the largest Roma community in Europe.

The Peacemaker was partly filmed in North Macedonia.

North Macedonia Film Location Permits

No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. Permitting in North Macedonia is a very straightforward process. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

North Macedonia has a transitional climate from Mediterranean to continental. The summers (June to September) are hot and dry and the winters (November to March) are moderately cold. May through to September are the best months to shoot for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Traditional Macedonian festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Vevcani Carnival in January.
• Strumica Carnival in March / April.
• Galicnik Wedding Festival in July.

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

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. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Macedonian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. 20% cash rebate exists on qualifying North Macedonian spend. For more information see Macedonian Film Agency.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. North Macedonia has a very small local pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad. North Macedonia’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those crews. 

Contact us if you are looking for a 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 North Macedonia.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Casting facilities are rather undeveloped in North Macedonia so street casting is often required. North Macedonia offers mainly Macedonian and Albanian looks. Its close proximity to major European production centres allows you easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.

North Macedonia Film Equipment

Equipment. Only the most basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. Best to bring in all equipment from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment North Macedonia 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 basic.

Studios. Basic facilities exist but studios are not North Macedonia’s strong point.

Backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

North Macedonia is not a Schengen Area member. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Contact your local North Macedonian embassy / representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Several international airlines service flights to North Macedonia.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Skopje include:

Aleksandar Palace
Hotel Stone Bridge
Duvet Boutique Hotel

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Please contact us for corporate rates.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. North Macedonia has some interesting monasteries and ancient ruins worth exploring.

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 North Macedonia, please see below:

Hire North Macedonia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in North Macedonia, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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