The Best Filming Incentives in Europe

The Most Cost Effective Shooting Locations in Europe

With its varied landscapes, rich architecture and amazing scenery, Europe has always been a popular destination for film and video productions.  Adding to its already vast appeal are numerous filming cash and tax incentives that can add up to big savings and more shooting even on a small budget!  We have put together this quick, easy-to-read list of the best filming incentives in Europe.  You can use it when trying to decide where to shoot your next project.

Incentive Definitions

Film Production Rebate
A rebate (or grant) is funds paid to the production company based on the amount of qualifying expenditures, or jobs created in the state or country by the project. The production company does not need to file a tax return for rebates.

Film Refundable Tax Credits
A refundable tax credit is similar in function to a rebate, however, the production company must file a tax return to claim it, and receive a credit for taxes owed. Tax credits can sometimes be used as collateral to obtain a loan so that the production company receives an advance, which is usually discounted.

Film Transferable Tax Credits
A transferable tax credit may be sold or assigned to a local taxpayer. Some states offer transferable tax credits, which allow production companies to sell or get a refund for tax credits that they are not able to use. Many times brokers are used to perform these transactions.

Film Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Tax Credits
This type of tax credit can be used to offset a production company’s current tax liability, and can be carried forward for a set time, but not transferred to third parties.

Filming Incentives in Europe by Country

Each country has specific requirements that need to be met to qualify for the incentive programs and many also have an annual cap on the amount of funds to be awarded under their incentive program. You can find more in-depth information about each country’s incentive program by clicking on the links provided.


25% cash rebate of qualifying production expenditure


20% cash rebate of local spend

Czech Republic

20% cash rebate of qualifying local spend to companies or individuals registered to pay Czech Republic (CR) income tax & 10% on payments to individuals who are not registered to pay income tax but do pay withholding tax in the CR


20% refundable tax rebate of qualifying local spend


20% cash rebate of qualifying local spend (up to 80% of the total production costs)


20% tax credit of qualifying local spend and 5% bonus if portion of the film is shot elsewhere in Europe. Incentive has been raised to 25% of qualifying local spend, approved by the European Commission June 2014, effective date to be announced.


20% cash rebate of qualifying local spend as well as all European Economic Area spend if > 80% of the film or television costs are incurred locally


28% cash rebate of qualifying local spend


20% tax incentive of local qualifying spend


20%–27% cash rebate on qualifying expenditures incurred in Malta


30% cash rebate

United Kingdom

20%–25% cash rebate of UK qualifying film production expenditure

The information stated herein is for reference only and based on a source using data as of December 2014. Make sure you consult a qualified tax adviser and professional who is familiar with tax incentive programs to determine the best fit for your project.

Nigeria Photo Festival

Nigeria’s Largest Photo Festival: A New Look at Africa

When organizing the first ever photo festival in Nigeria, LagosPhoto Director Azu Nwagbogu, and others from the African Artists’ Foundation had one major objective in mind:  offer a platform where photographers could narrate fresh stories about their continent. Their mission was to empower photographers to remedy the negative images associated with the continent, as specifically highlighted by western media.

The story behind the photography festival

Nwagbogu knew that Africa had a story to tell that was in contrast to the traditional documentary photography which portrayed it as a hopeless continent.  While traveling, he came across new perspectives and visuals that showed the true life in Africa. Nwagbogu believed that this side of the continent needed visibility and thus the festival came into being.

LagosPhoto Festival 2014

The festival, now in its 5th year, is a month long event running from October 25 – November 26m 2014 with all exhibits open to the public. The theme for LagosPhoto Festival 2014 is ‘Staging Reality: Documenting Fiction’. Contemporary photographers examine working in Africa that toe the line between photography and truth, incorporating conceptual practices and performative strategies that expand traditional photographic approaches and techniques.

Featured Photographers

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Best Filming Locations in the U.S.

Hollywood’s Film Location Trends 2014

Producers often walk a tightrope between keeping production costs in check and ensuring that the quality and authenticity of the movie doesn’t suffer in any way. They’ve increasingly been looking at ‘greener pastures’ away from California that offer lucrative film tax incentives while also serving as good locations for physical production.

A latest example of the growing trend of big budget movies turning to overseas locales is the upcoming (2015) $100 million thriller ‘San Andreas’ starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Interestingly, the movie explores the aftermath of a massive 10.0 earthquake in San Francisco. Instead of SF, the movie will be shot in Australia’s Gold Coast. Another example is the $70 million flick ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ that was shot in Louisiana. So, what does Louisiana have that LA doesn’t?

Louisiana is the #1 spot for Hollywood movie production

In 2013, Louisiana zoomed past New York and California as the most preferred movie production destination for Hollywood movies. It formally introduced film tax incentives in 2002, and currently offers a 30 per cent transferable tax credit to all productions that meet a $300,000 in-state budget threshold. By comparison, California rolled out incentives in 2009 and it was slim pickings until a legislative change in August this year increased the credits pool from a previous $100 million to $330 million per year. However, it may have come a bit late given that the state lost over 15,000 film jobs between 2004 and 2012.

Meanwhile, production costs on major feature films in LA have shot up significantly in recent years. Filming in town has become financially unviable for producers.

Canada remains a favorite

Canada’s biggest conquest following its tax credit incentive program in 1997 was ‘Titanic’. Top-grossing movies such as ‘Brokeback Mountain’, ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Chicago’ followed suit. The country presently offers a refundable federal tax credit equivalent to 16 per cent of qualified residential labor costs. If you factor in provincial offers, the overall credits can climb up to 70 per cent of eligible labor costs and 30 per cent of miscellaneous local expenses.

Hollywood movies being shot in Canada this year include Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’ starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’, and John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’.

States that have cut back on film tax incentives

Michigan and North Carolina recently slashed their state tax credits, and have consequently witnessed a fall in Hollywood production. NC, which has hosted such major productions as ‘Hunger Games’ looks set to lose HBO hit ‘Homeland’, which has so far been filmed in and around Charlotte.

No matter where your filming takes you finding qualified and reliable local production crews is a must!  At the Global Media Desk we work with the finest, most respected local professionals in cities and countries around the world. Our production crews have the experience, creativity and know-how to make them the very best in the business.  Contact us to find out how we can help make your production a success.

Canon Photomarathon Asia

2014 Canon Photomarathon Asia

Asia’s biggest photography contest – the 2014 Canon Photomarathon Asia – made its yearly debut in Hanoi, Vietnam on September 27, 2014. The event, essentially a photography competition, was initiated in 2003 by Canon Singapore and is a one-day day event meant to create an abiding interest and passion for all things photography. This year the contest spans over 7 different countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Thailand and Cambodia) and ends on November 29, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.

On the actual day of the contest, each participant is given three separate themes at different times to base their photographs on. They are given three hours to complete each thematic work and must return to the contest location with their pictures, and download them onto the server before getting their next assignment.

The 2014 Vietnam edition of the competition aimed to highlight the cultural and natural attractions of Vietnam. About 10,000 contestants participated in the event, making it a grand success. The list of jury members featured three internationally famous photographers, including Maika Elan, a famous Vietnamese photography artist.

Here are a few of the winning images:
Contest topic Tổ ấm gia đình
Prize Overall Grand Prize
Photographer TONG TRAN SON
Contest topic Tổ ấm gia đình
Prize Winner
Photographer CAO THIEN THIEU
Contest topic Cuộc sống trong ngõ hẻm
Prize Winner
Contest topic Vội vàng
Prize Winner

Full Gallery of Canon Photomarathon Vietnam 2014:



Singapore – 1st Nov 2014


Kuala Lumpur – 11 Oct 2014
Penang – 18 Oct 2014


Bangkok – 29 Nov 2014


Hanoi – 27 Sep 2014
Ho Chi Minh  – 4 Oct 2014


Brunei – 19 Oct 2014


Cambodia – 19 Oct 2014


Bangalore – 27 Sept 2014


Medan – 11 Oct 2014
Yogyakarta – 19 Oct 2014
Jakarta – 25 Oct 2014


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video production trends

Video Production Trends to Watch Out For

Quality content is what makes the world go round. And for the professionals looking to bring it to life, the 2014 NAB Show directs the way! Hosted by the National Association of Broadcasters, the NAB Show is the world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. This year’s event in Las Vegas had more than 98,000 attendees from 150 countries and 1,600+ exhibitors. As you can imagine several emerging technologies and the latest innovations came into light during the event.

Unification of 4K and Internet video

NAB 2014 exhibited the march of evolution towards 4K video and Internet broadcasting. Manufacturers of the two products are planning a unified experience of the two seemingly opposite areas. A new codec: H.265 has already been made available this year. It is estimated that H.265 will substitute H.264 as the compression standard for next generation. The present container or wrapper for the H.264 is MPEG-4. For H.265, the new container is High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC). It is not only twice the compression ratio of H.264, but can also support files up to 8K. Manufacturers are expected to adopt it from the end of 2014.

Integrated solutions for online video

The number of video platforms offering an integrated solution is increasing. New entrants have increased and are joining the platform centric multi-bitrate streaming firms. Many companies are offering a wider range of platform services and also options for distribution like adaptive video streaming, video analytics, hosting and encoding.

LED and the lighting revolution

Litepanels brought into the market the Sola line fresnels, a LED line that utilizes only a fraction of power which the fresnels in the 20th century consumed. Another new line called Celeb 400 has been launched, which is a worthy successor to the LED Celeb 200. The new line not only promises the adjustment of luminance, but also the color temperature. It enables quick decision making on whether to make a balance for Daylight, Tungsten lighting or any other factor between the two.

Independents and remote broadcasting

Creative agencies and independent videographers now have a number of compact ways by which they can broadcast directly from the ENG shoot. Many companies have even launched backpack cellular solutions. A substantial range of protocols like HLS, RTMP and RTP permit you to stream high definition videos directly to the web via 4G or LTE USB modem or WiFi.

Aerial Filming With Drones

The Drones Are Coming

All of those amazing aerial shots that you have only dreamed about filming are about to become reality.   Six television and movie companies have been approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use drones for shooting scenes.

The approval is the first exemption of its kind, and only the second time the FAA has waived its own prohibition against flying drones for commercial purposes.  In granting the exemptions, the FAA has restricted the drones from making flights at night, required that flights take place on sets closed to the public, and aircraft must be inspected before each flight.

“This is the first step to allowing the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems in our nation’s airspace, and it’s a milestone in the wider effort to allow unmanned aircraft for many different types of commercial use,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a conference call.

Other industries that are seeking exemptions include precision agriculture, power line and pipeline inspection, and oil and gas flare stack inspection.

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