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Montenegro

Montenegro 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 Montenegro? 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 Montenegro? See below for an introduction to Montenegro 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.

Montenegro Film Locations

Montenegro offers unique, beautiful and undiscovered locations. The country is known for its rugged mountains, canyons, national parks, vineyards, beaches, azure seas, snowy peaks, forests, glacial lakes, rivers, waterfalls, cobblestone streets, monasteries, fortresses, castles and palaces. Montenegro’s rich architectural heritage has influences as diverse as Roman, Ottoman, Venetian, Brutalist, and Baroque. Montenegro is an ideal location for car commercials with narrow, winding mountain roads and dozens of tunnels. Being a small country, locations are a relatively short drive from each other.

Montenegro’s film locations can be divided into the following regions:

Coastal Region

The Bay of Kotor is home to several film locations of note. The old Medieval city of Kotor is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Adriatic. Perast is a city famous for its Baroque architecture. Off the coast of Perast you can find Our Lady of the Rocks, a church on a remote island that could easily be used as a location in Game of Thrones. Herceg Novi is known for its abundance of stairways and bright yellow mimosa trees. The Island of Flowers is located near the town of Tivat. Mamula Island hosts a luxury resort that was once a concentration camp.

Budva is the main seaside tourist town and a popular place to base crew when shooting coastal looks in Montenegro. Nearby Sveti Stefan is a picturesque Medieval island. Sveti Nikola Island is Montenegro’s answer to Hawaii.

Ulcinj is one of the oldest towns on the Adriatic coast. Locations of note include Long Beach, Lake Šas, Ada Bojana Island, and Ulcinj Castle.

Bar is an ancient port city known for its Old Town, aqueduct, King Nikola’s Palace, and Stara Maslina (one of the world’s oldest olive trees).

Central Region

Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro where most crew and equipment are based. The city offers a mixture of architectural styles ranging from Ottoman Empire Turkish, Eastern bloc Brutalist, to newly built contemporary glass-and-steel structures.

Three kilometres from Podgorica you can find the ruins of Doclea, a town known for its Greek and Roman history.

Skadar Lake is the largest lake in Southern Europe.

Located at the foot of Mount Lovcen, Cetinje is the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro.

Nikšić is the second largest city in Montenegro.

Ostrog Monastery is a Orthodox church built into the side of a mountain cliff.

Northern Region

Biogradska Gora in Kolašin offers untouched forest, towering mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers, green picturesque pastures and traditional villages.

The town of Plav is the gateway to Prokletije National Park.

Žabljak sits at the foot of Mount Durmitor. Black Lake is a glacial lake located in Durmitor National Park.

Đurđevića Tara Bridge is an impressive concrete arch bridge built over the Tara River.

Montenegro has hosted productions such as Michael Noer’s Papillon and Ka-lok Chin’s Golden Job.

Montenegro Film Location Permits

No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. Permitting in Montenegro is a very straightforward process. There are no state fees for shooting and most permits usually take no more than 2 days. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Montenegro has a transitional climate from Mediterranean to continental. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are mild on the coast and snowy in the mountains. April through to September is the best time to film for long, sunny shoot days. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Traditional Montenegrin festivals of note include the Kotor Carnival in February and Gornja Lastva Fiesta in August.

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

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. Montenegro charges a 19% VAT. Crews are typically brought in from nearby Serbia which is also cost efficient. Montenegro trades in the EURO but it does not have the high local costs that you would typically find in the Eurozone. Our Montenegrin fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. Montenegro offers a cash rebate of 25% for international or co-produced feature films, documentaries and animations, as well as TV films and series that meet the minimum local spend. Projects will undergo a cultural test and must make use of Montenegro’s crew, talent and production capabilities.

Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Montenegro has a small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Some supporting crews are available locally. Rates and hours of work are negotiable and always flexible to budgetary requirements. Experienced, English speaking key crew can easily be brought in from Serbia. Specialist technical and creative crew can be brought in from nearby major European production centres.

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 Montenegro.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis.

Montenegro offers mainly Montenegrin, Serb, Bosniak 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.

Montenegro Film Equipment

Montenegro has a small pool of basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. Additional equipment can be easily brought in from nearby Serbia and more specialist equipment such as helicopters with camera heads are best brought in from Italy or other major European production centres. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Montenegro is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction are basic.

Studios and Backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. We post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Montenegro is not a member of the Schengen Area. Visiting crews entering on Western passports can enter visa-free for periods of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to film in Montenegro.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are well maintained. Roads in rural and mountain areas are slower going. Several international airlines service flights to Montenegro.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Montenegro include:

Zabljak (for mountains):
Polar Star
Hotel Soa

Budva (for coastal):
Splendid
Hotel Aman Sveti Stefan

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. 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 Montenegro, please see below:

Hire Montenegro Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Montenegro, 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.

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