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Slovenia

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

Filming in Slovenia

For an introduction to shooting in Slovenia 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.

Slovenia Film Locations

Slovenia is known for its unspoiled nature locations of pristine pine forests, rolling hills, snow-capped mountains, green meadows, majestic waterfalls, babbling brooks, and crystal clear lakes.

Slovenia is a small country where all locations can be easily reached within a short 2 hour drive from the capital. A small city, Ljubljana is known for its cobblestone streets, bridges, city squares, museums, galleries, castle, and cathedral.

An hours drive from Ljubljana you can get to the Mediterranean coast. The city of Trieste is known for its beaches. Piran looks like other beautiful Adriatic coast cities such as Croatia’s Dubrovnik, which played Kings Landing in Game of Thrones.

Heading towards the Alps, Slovenia offers many beautiful locations. Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave. Karst caves of note include Skocjan Caves and Postojna Cave. Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj are spectacular locations. Triglav National Park is the country’s only national park. The Solkan Bridge, located near Nova Gorica, is a great place to photograph the turquoise Soča River and the beautiful Soča Valley. Savica Waterfall drops 78 metres (240 feet) into a spectacular gorge. Planica Nordic Center is home to one of the largest ski jumping hills in the world. Mercury Mine in Idrija was the second largest mercury mine in the world. Lipica Stud Farm has been breeding Lipizzaner horses since the sixteenth century. Salt pans in the Sečovlje Salina Nature Park are one of the few places in the world where sea salt is still produced by using a centuries-old method.

Slovenia has hosted shoots such as The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Red Tails, and an extensive list of TV commercials.

Slovenia Film Location Permits

Small shoots that do not require any control of public space, such as handheld b-roll filming do not require permits. Projects that require exclusive use of public space such as controlling traffic, laying track, large lighting setups, or pyrotechnics, require permits. Slovenia has fast turnaround on permitting with most permits able to be processed within 2 or 3 days. Slovenia permits drone filming. Filming in National Parks is restricted and requires special permits. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Slovenia has a Mediterranean climate on the coast and a continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaus and valleys to the east. The Alps in the north are warm in the summer and covered in snow in the winter. July to August is peak season for tourists on the coast so September to October is a better time to film if you want to lock down locations. November to February is peak season for tourists in the Alps. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Events of interest include the, Carnival in Ptuj (February), Pruning of the Old Vine (February), Open Kitchen Food Festival (March to October), and Feast of St. Martin (November).

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

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. Slovenia is one of the more expensive East European service centres. It is however a cost competitive option in terms of Mediterranean and Alpine looks. Slovenia trades in the Euro. See here for the current VAT rate. Our Slovenian service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. Slovenia offers a 25% cash rebate for foreign feature films, TV series and documentaries filming in Slovenia. TV commercials are not included in this offer. Visit the Slovenian Film Centre for more information.

Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Slovenia has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are experienced and speak fluent English. Crew are non-union. Ljubljana is the main production centre so key crew need to travel from there.  Slovenia’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 Ljubljana 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 Slovenia. If you are looking for set medics we recommend Rescuers Vita Set Medics.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Slovenia offers a mostly Caucasian mix of talent looks but its close proximity to major European production centres allows you to access those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. Some multicultural looks are available but are best suited for background roles.

Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. Our producer will package a deal that is fair to all. Typically local crew work a twelve hour day (11+1 hr lunch). Overtime after 12th hour is calculated individually. There are no weekend, night or holiday loadings. Turnaround is 10 hours.

Slovenia Film Equipment

Equipment. All the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally in Slovenia. Some more specialised gear such as a variety of cranes, drones, car mounts and remote heads is also available. Anything additional can be easily brought in from nearby European production centres such Prague, Munich and London. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Slovenia is an ATA carnet country. For aerial filming check out Heli Video.

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. To give you an example of the high standard available, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, was shot in Slovenia.

Studios. Slovenia has several good facilities. VIBA is the largest of the studios with sound stages, wardrobe, workshops, production office, and post facilities.

Post Production. Some facilities exist. Budapest and Vienna are the closest centres with extensive post facilities.

Visas & Work Permits

Slovenia is a member of the Schengen Area. No specific work permit required for filming. Crews travelling on US passports can stay visa-free for up to 90 days.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Slovenia is serviced well from many airports across Europe by both international and budget airlines.

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Ljubljana. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. Slovenia did not sustain any major damage during the Balkans War. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Visit Lake Bled.

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 Slovenia, please see below:

Hire Slovenia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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

Image courtesy of Jost Gantar