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  • Serbia 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 Serbia? 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 Serbia? See below for an introduction to Serbia 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.

Serbia Film Locations

Serbia has hosted films such as Papillon, Extinction, The Forest, Lockout, and Around the World in Eighty Days. The Balkan nation is known for its unique and diverse locations that have been used to double for other places. Film locations can be divided into the following regions:

Belgrade

Belgrade is the capital and main production service centre. The city has doubled for locations such as Berlin, Paris, Vienna and Rome. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade Fortress, Church of Saint Sava, Avala Tower, and Airport City. Western City Gate is a skyscraper designed in the brutalist style. Less than an hour drive outside of Belgrade you can find the Kosmaj Monument in Koracica.

Vojvodina

Located in the northern part of Serbia, Vojvodina is the country’s agricultural breadbasket. It is known for its production of raspberries, plums, wheat, corn, and wine.

Sitting on the banks of the Danube River, Novi Sad is the largest city in the region. Locations of note in Novi Sad include The Name of Mary Church, Petrovaradin Clock Tower, The Our Lady of Snow Church, Town Hall, Petrovaradin Fortress, Liberty Square, Bishop Palace, and Novi Sad Synagogue.

Fruška Gora National Park is known for its deep forests, vineyards, and medieval monasteries.

Other locations of note in Vojvodina include Bač Fortress, Subotica City Hall, and the picturesque town squares of Sremski Karlovci and Zrenjanin.

Šumadija and Western Serbia

Tara National Park and the awe-inspiring Uvac Canyon are two nature film locations located in this region.

Monasteries in this region include Manasija Monastery fortress, Studenica Monastery, and Žiča Monastery.

Šargan Eight Railway is a location right out of a fairytale. Nearby Drvengrad is a traditional village that the Serbian film director Emir Kusturica built for his film Life Is a Miracle.

The House on the Drina is a unique film location.

Kopaonik ski resort is Serbia’s largest.

Šumarice Memorial Park and Museum is located in Kragujevac.

Southern and Eastern Serbia

Golubac Fortress located in Đerdap National Park is the main attraction for filmmakers heading to this region.

The Smederevo Fortress is a medieval fortified city.

Locations of interest in the city of Niš include the Skull Tower, Niš Fortress, and Bubanj Memorial Park.

Đavolja Varoš rock formations are a natural wonder.

Kosovo and Metohija

See here for information on filming in this autonomous region.

Serbia Film Location Permits

Depending on the size and scope of your shoot location permits may be required from one or multiple government departments. For instance, specific permits are required for drone filming, controlling public space, using pyrotechnics, or filming in national parks. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Serbia has hot, humid summers (June to September) in the north and hot, dry summers in the south. Summer is the best time to film for weather. Winters (December to March) are very cold with snow in the mountains. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Serbian festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• EXIT Festival in July
• Guca Trumpet Festival in August
Leskovac Grill Festival in September

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. In general Serbia is a cost competitive place to shoot. Serbia trades in the Dinar which offers a favorable exchange rate for visiting western productions. Belgrade is the main production centre and all must travel from there adding to those costs. Our Serbian service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. Serbia offers eligible productions a 25% cash rebate for feature films, TV series, animation films and visual effects, TV commercials and documentaries.

The program requires minimum local spend of:

• EUR 300.000 for feature films (at least 70 minutes) and TV series (at least 3 episodes, 40 min per episode)
• EUR 150.000 for animation (at least 70 minutes) and post production
• EUR 100.000 for TV commercials
• EUR 50.000 for documentaries (at least 70 minutes)

Film production firms are also eligible for VAT rebates for locally purchased commodities and services. VAT in Serbia is 20% with accommodation and catering incurring a 10% VAT.

Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Serbia has a good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are hard working, speak English and have extensive experience in servicing international productions. Crews are non-union and day rates are among the most competitive in Eastern Europe. Serbia’s close proximity to 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 Belgrade 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 Serbia.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Serbia offers mainly Serbian looking talent with minorities from the former Yugoslavia also available. Its close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access those pools of talent should you ever need to look further.

Serbia Film Equipment

Equipment. All the camera, grip and lighting standard equipment is available locally in Serbia. Additional and specialised gear can be easily brought in from nearby European production centres. For aerial filming check out Heli Production.

For productions looking to bring in film equipment Serbia is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction are up to international standards. Work can be seen in Serbia’s hosting of Eurovision 2008 as well as numerous international commercials and feature films including Brothers Bloom.

Studios. Serbia has some very good studio facilities. PFI Studios has a large, modern facility featuring 10 sound studios, fully serviced production offices, and an extensive backlot. Avala Studios is another studio complex of note.

Post Production. Serbia offers a range of state of the art post facilities including VFX studios, sound design, animation, and complete post production solutions. Crater Studios have provided post production for The Shallows and Point Break.

Visas & Work Permits

Serbia is not a Schengen Area member country. Crews travelling on western passports can enter Serbia visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to film in Serbia.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads in cities and main roads are well maintained. Rural roads are slower going. Belgrade is located less than a 2 hour flight from major European and Middle Eastern hubs. Many international airlines service flights to Belgrade.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Belgrade. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:

Hotel Townhouse 27

Final Notes

Safety. It is a very safe place to film. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Eat!

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 Serbia, please see below:

Hire Serbia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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