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Romania

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

Filming in Romania

For an introduction to shooting in Romania 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.

Romania Film Locations

Romania has a wealth of extraordinary, undiscovered locations in close proximity to each other. From cities to small villages, medieval castles to modern structures, snowy mountains to sandy beaches, Romania is a favourite place for productions to film a diversity of locations at a fraction of the cost of filming in Western Europe.

Agricultural film locations include corn, wheat, barley, sunflower, grapes, and plum fields. Industrial locations include steel works, as well as automobile and textile manufacturing. Energy locations include coal-fired plants, gas and oil fired plants, nuclear plants, hydroelectric plants, and wind power plants.

Romania has played host to films such as The Nun (2018), War Dogs (2016), The Expendables 3 (2014), Transporter 3 (2008), Cold Mountain (2003), and the TV series Hatfields & McCoys (2012) where Romania doubled for 19th century West Virginia / Kentucky.

The regions of Romania are as follow:

Wallachia & Oltenia

Southern Romania is home to the nation’s capital, Bucharest, a city that offers visiting productions a diversity of looks ranging from gritty Eastern Bloc city streets through to old European grandeur. Locations of note include Revolution Square, Royal Palace, National Art Museum, Romanian Athenaeum, George Enescu National Museum, Arcul de Triumf, Stavropoleos Monastery, Mogoșoaia Palace, CEC Palace, Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse, Romanian Patriarchal Cathedral, and King Michael I Park. The Soviet-era Palace of Parliament is the second largest building in the world.

Outside of Bucharest, Wallachia and Oltenia are known for the following:

Byzantine monasteries include Curtea de Arges monastery, Snagov monastery, Cozia monastery, Horezu monastery, Govora monastery, Polovragi monastery, Bistrita monastery, Arnota monastery, and Sinaia monastery.

Castles include Peleș Castle, Targoviste Castle, Poenari Castle, and Cantacuzino Castle.

Nature locations include the Bucegi Mountains, Buila Vanturarita National Park, Cozia National Park, and Berca Mud Volcanoes.

Vidraru Dam is a great location for car commercials.

Ploieşti, Piteşti, Craiova, Târgu Jiu are industrial cities.

The Transfăgărășan highway is one of Romania’s most impressive roads zig-zagging steeply down mountain passes. Ideal for car commercials, the location has featured in BBC’s Top Gear (2009-10), and the film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011).

Transylvania

The centrally located Transylvania offers a dramatic landscape of dark mountainous forests and Gothic citadels.

Bran Castle is said to be the home of Count Dracula.

Corvin Castle is one of the most impressive castles in Romania and was featured in The Nun (2018).

Other castles of note include Făgăraș castle, and the Fortress of Deva.

Hoia Baciu is rumoured to be a haunted forest.

Villages of note include Braşov, Sibiu, Sighişoara, and Bran.

Small Saxon settlements including Cisnădioara, Hărman, Prejmer, Viscri, and Biertan also make for interesting film locations.

Monasteries of note include Sucevita Monastery, and Hurezi Monastery.

Nature locations of note include Retezat National Park, Piatra Craiului National Park, Bâlea Lake, Fagaras Mountains, Parang Mountains, and the Apuseni Mountains.

Salina Turda is a salt mine which is home to a sci-fi theme park.

Moldavia & Bucovina

Located in the northeast of Romania, Moldavia and Bucovina are very religious and traditional.

Palace locations of note include the Palace of Culture in Iași, Ruginoasa Palace, and Miclauseni Castle.

The region has many old churches and monasteries such as Voroneț Monastery, Moldovita Monastery, and Humor Monastery.

Suceava citadel is located in this area.

Nature locations include Ceahlau National Park, Cheile Bicazului-Hasmasu National Park, and Vanatori Neamt Natural Park.

The area is also known for its vineyards.

Maramureş

A region seemingly trapped in medieval times, this part of northern Romania is known for its traditional villages, wooden churches, forested mountains, muddy roads, and rolling hills with roaming flocks of sheep.

Nature locations include Maramuresului Mountains Nature Park and Rodnei Mountains National Park.

Crişana & Banat

This region is located in the western part of the country.

Major cities of interest include Oradea, Arad and Timişoara.

Bigar Waterfall cascades over a deep green bed of moss.

Decebal’s Head is a giant carved stone face overlooking the Danube River.

Dobrogea

This coastal region is located in the east of the country.

The Black Sea is known for its beautiful white sand beaches, and resort towns of Mamaia, Neptun and Venus.

Deeper still you can find off-shore oil rigs.

Fantanele-Cogealac Wind Farm is one of the world’s largest wind farms.

The Danube Delta is rich in biodiversity.

Enisala is known for its citadel.

The port of Constanța has a beautiful old casino.

Romania Film Location Permits

No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. There are no blanket city-wide permits but permission to shoot on most public locations is generally a quick and easy process. Shutting streets in Bucharest can take up to one week to permit. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Romania has a four-season climate. Winters (November to March) are cold and rainy with snow on the mountains. Spring (April to May) has wildflowers in full bloom. Summer (June to August) is hot and sunny. Fall (September to October) is mild with leaves changing colour. The best months to film for warm, sunny weather are between April and October. For monthly weather statistics please see here

Festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Sighisoara Medieval Festival in July.
• Sambra Oilor in October.
• Halloween in October.

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

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. By European standards Romania offers a very cost competitive shoot day. Line item costs are low and a diversity of locations can be reached with little travel required. Of particular interest are Romania’s grand castles and palaces, which are much less expensive than options in Western Europe. Romania is also very well set up for cost efficient studio shoots. Compared to other East European nations Romania is generally less expensive than Croatia, Hungary or the Czech Republic, but more expensive than Bulgaria or the Ukraine. Romania does not yet trade in the Euro. Our Romanian service producer / fixer 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. Romania offers a generous 35% cash rebate on qualifying spend. In cases where the production explicitly promotes Romania and at least 20% of the total budget is spent in the country, the production may qualify for an additional 10% cash back, for a total rebate of 45%. This applies to feature films and shorts, TV series, direct-to-video productions, Internet films, documentaries and animated projects.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Romania has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are also non-union. Crews are experienced, hard working and flexible with overtime and turn around times. Heads of department all speak fluent English. Most shoots are able to source key crew locally. Romania’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Bucharest 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 Romania.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a case by case basis. There is a good pool of Caucasian looking local talent. Although there are plenty of women to choose from, there is a shortage of men with blonde hair. The local Roma community doubles well for Middle Eastern looking people. Otherwise, there is a rather limited selection of Indian, African and Asian looks. Romania’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.

Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. Romania works on a twelve-hour day including one hour break for lunch with overtime rates negotiated on a case by case basis. No 6th or 7th day, weekend, night or holiday premiums with crew or talent.

Romania Film Equipment

Equipment. Romania has a good offering of locally based film equipment ranging from new digital cameras such as Alexas and Reds through to lighting and grip equipment including a Technocrane. More specialised equipment such as Libra heads can be easily brought in from nearby European production centres. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Romania 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 up to international standards.

Studios. Romania offers a high standard of studio work at very cost competitive prices. Castel Film Studios and Bucharest Film Studios are the main studio complexes with large sound stages, production offices, workshops, props and water tanks. Studio lands include forest and lake backlots available for set builds. Romania has the following standing sets: Western Town, French Street, Medieval Village, Urban Street, fully equipped contemporary houses.

Post Production. All available locally including film processing. Romania has very good special effects services.

Visas & Work Permits

Although Romania is not a Schengen Area country, its visa policy is based on Schengen requirements. Visiting crews travelling on western passports can enter Romania visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Several international and European budget airlines service flights to Romania.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Bucharest. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. Romania is a safe and reliable shooting destination. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Visit Bran Castle, the home of Count Dracula.

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 Romania, please see below:

Hire Romania Production Support & Shooting Crew

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