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Slovakia

Slovakia 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 Slovakia? 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 Slovakia? See below for an introduction to Slovakia locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Slovakia Film Locations

Slovakia is best known for its castles, fortresses, snowy mountains, pinewood forests, rushing rivers and bubbling creeks, Eastern Bloc architecture, traditional villages, and unique Roma communities.

Slovakia’s agricultural looks of interest include wheat, rye and corn fields, as well as vineyards.

Slovakia has hosted films such as Red Sparrow, The Peacemaker, Behind Enemy Lines, and Dragonheart as well as TV series such as Marco Polo.

The regions of Slovakia are divided into the following:

Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital and main production centre where crew and equipment need to travel from. Although it is not Europe’s grandest city there are some old European looks to choose from including Bratislava Castle, St Martin’s Cathedral, Old Town Hall, Slovak National Theater, cobblestone streets, and lively bars and cafes. Located on the banks of the Danube, bordering both Austria and Hungary, Bratislava is only a short 60km drive from Vienna. Given that Bratislava based crews and equipment are considerably less expensive than Austrian crews, cost savvy productions often choose to run their Vienna productions through Bratislava.

Trnava

A short drive out from Bratislava takes you into the Trnava region. Locations of note in this region include Smolenice Castle, Branč castle, Driny cave, and Water Edge-Runner Mill Jelka.

Trenčín

Bojnice Castle is a fairytale location. Other castles of note in this region include Trenčín Castle, Čachtice Castle and Beckov Castle.

Nitra

The city of Nitra is known for St. Emmeram’s Cathedral, Nitra Castle, and Zobor mountain monastery. Komárno has a beautiful town square.

Žilina

Orava Castle is a fairytale location. Located in the Low Tatras, Jasná Nízke Tatry is Slovakia’s largest ski resort. Other locations of note in this region include the Demänovská Cave of Liberty, Veľký Rozsutec, Strečno Castle, Budatín Castle, and Lietava Castle.

Banská Bystrica

Banská Štiavnica is a picturesque medieval town known for Trinity Square. Other locations in this region include Štiavnica Mountains, Zvolen Castle, and Chopok ski area.

Prešov

The High Tatras Mountains, which are the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains,  offer a low-cost alternative to filming in the Alps. Gerlachovský štít is Slovakia’s highest peak. Lomnický štít is another well known peak. Good snow coverage is expected by early November. For up to date High Tatras snow conditions please see here. Bardejov is a picturesque town known for its medieval Town Hall Square. Levoča is another beautiful town known for its well preserved town wall, a Gothic church, and Renaissance buildings.

Košice

The medieval ruins of Spis Castle are an impressive location in this part of Slovakia. Other locations of note include Slovak Paradise National Park, Dobšinská Ice Cave, St Elisabeth Cathedral, and Krásna Hôrka Castle.

Slovakia Film Location Permits

Downtown locations take a week. Most other locations usually take two to three days for permission. Slovakia offers locations that are normally difficult to access such as blocking traffic on overpasses and busy city streets. National Park permits for shooting in the High Tatras typically take a week but can be rushed through in three days in the event of an emergency. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Slovakia has a typical four-season climate with warm summers, colourful leaves in fall, white winters, and spring in full bloom. May to September are the best months to film for sunny weather. November to April are the best months for snowy mountain looks. For monthly weather statistics please see here

Festivals and events of interest include the Sled Dog World Championships Sprint held in Donovaly in February, and the Východná Folklore Festival held in July.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Slovakia is much less expensive than western Europe but more expensive than some of its eastern neighbours such as Latvia, Romania or Ukraine. Slovakia trades in the Euro. Our Slovakian 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 IncentivesAt present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Slovakia.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Slovakia has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are non-union. Slovakia has good crews who have extensive international production experience. Key crew all speak fluent English. Slovakian stunt crews are world renowned. Slovakia’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those technical and creative crews should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Bratislava 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 Slovakia.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Slovakia is predominately Slovak, with large minorities of Hungarians, Czechs and Gypsies. Other looks are not as widely available and are best cast abroad. Slovakia’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. No hidden extras. Crew members are independent contractors.

Premiums. Slovakia works on a 12 hour shoot day. Crew do not deduct lunch so there is 11 hours of shooting time. Double time is paid for seventh day. There are no other premiums.

Slovakia Film Equipment

Slovakia has a decent stock of locally available camera, grip and lighting equipment. Additional equipment can be easily brought in from the well stocked film centres of Prague or Vienna. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Slovakia is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction. High quality art department and construction is one of the main reasons to shoot in Slovakia. Slovak construction companies are renowned internationally.

Studios. Not many to choose from. The largest is Koliba Studios.

Post Production. Processing and telecine is best done in nearby Listofilm Vienna.

Visas & Work Permits

Slovakia 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 Slovak embassy / representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Bratislava is serviced well from many airports across Europe. Vienna’s international airport is only 35 km away from Slovakia.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Bratislava and other parts of Slovakia. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Accommodation of note includes Mamaison Residence Sulekova.

Final Notes

Safety. Slovakia is a very safe and reliable filming centre. 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 Slovakia, please see below:

Hire Slovakia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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