New Filming Incentives in the Czech Republic

New Filming Incentives in the Czech Republic

Earlier this year the Czech Republic introduced new filming incentives in an effort to boost its already booming international film production. Nestled in the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic often attracts foreign production due to its ability to double for more expensive cities like Paris and London. Plus, access to highly experienced, local crews and stunning locations make it a worthwhile destination for your next filming project.

Current Filming Incentives

In 2010, the Czech government introduced an incentive scheme offering a 20 percent cash rebate on qualifying local spend, plus an additional 10 percent for international spending that applies to film and TV, including all postproduction work.

New Financial Incentives

To continue boosting the international film sector, the Czech government approved an amendment to the audiovisual law in May of 2016 that allows applicants to file for a rebate any time of the year.

Also, the National Fund of Cinematography allocated an additional $33 million more per year from the state budget over the next three years. The new incentives will take effect on January 1, 2017.

Since the rebate was introduced in 2010, the Czech government has paid out more than $80 million in rebates to more than 150 film and TV projects.

More on the Horizon

On September 15, Prague’s city council approved a new fund called “Prague in Film,” which provides financial support to both feature films for international distribution in cinemas as well as for TV movies and series to be broadcast on foreign television stations. The essential condition is that the project portrays Prague as herself, and not as a stand-in for another city.

The Czech government is also in talks to raise the cash rebate to 25 percent in effort to remain competitive. However, no word whether this will happen soon.

For more information on incentives please visit Czech Film Commission.

Local Crews in the Czech Republic

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Recent Productions

Here are a few of the big international TV and film productions currently shooting in the Czech Republic:

Knightfall for History Channel chronicles the events leading up to the persecution, downfall and burning at the stake of the Knights Templar.

Genius anthology series for National Geographic Channel about Albert Einstein

Underworld: Blood Wars fifth installment of the ‘Underworld’ franchise

The Ring, Bollywood romantic road movie

Anthropoid wartime thriller based on a true story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the SS general who was the author of the Nazis’ “Final Solution”.

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Filming Incentives Scotland

Scotland Announces New Incentive For Film and TV Projects

Scotland has been luring filmmakers for decades with its varied and lush landscapes. USA Today even named Scotland as the Best Cinematic Destination for 2015. It that wasn’t enough to have you breaking out your kilt, then perhaps the announcement of a new incentive scheme will.

Recently the Scottish government announced its commitment to supporting the screen-sector growth, by creating a Production Growth Fund in the amount of $2.7 million. The fund is meant to lure more film and TV projects into the country.

The fund, announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, is designed to stimulate growth in film and TV production by providing an additional incentive for major international productions to come to Scotland. The government is also increasing funding for local Scottish productions. The fund will run through the year 2017 and is available to both international co-productions, and Scottish-based crews, facilities and production companies.

For more information on the Production Growth Fund please visit the Creative Scotland website.

Additional Filming Incentives available in Scotland

UK Film, High-End TV and Animation Tax Credit Advance Facility

  • For films of all budget levels, the Film Production Company (FPC) can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% of UK qualifying film production expenditure.
  • For films with a core expenditure of more than £20m ($21.7 million), which completed principal photography before 1 April 2015, the FPC can claim a payable cash rebate of up to 25% on the first £20m of qualifying UK expenditure, with the remaining qualifying UK expenditure receiving a 20% tax rebate.

Filmed in Scotland

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. The West Sands beach in St Andrews was used for the iconic scenes in this Oscar winning film.

Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. The sweeping landscape in and around Glen Nevis and Loch Leven provided the backdrop for this Oscar winner.

Trainspotting is a 1996 British black comedy crime drama film directed by Danny Boyle. It launched the international career of Ewan McGregor and was filmed in Edinburgh (Princes Street and Calton Road), Glasgow and Rannoch Moor.

Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Filming took place on location at Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, Argyll.

The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian Grazer and directed by Ron Howard. The beautiful Rosslyn Chapel in Roslin, Midlothian, played an important role in this film adaptation.

Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America. Parts of the opening scenes in Norway were actually filmed in the picturesque Royal Burgh of Culross in Fife.

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 British-American epic superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan. Villain Bane’s dramatic escape from one aircraft to another was filmed above the Cairngorms.

Skyfall is the twenty-third James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his third performance as James Bond and was shot in and around Glencoe.

World War Z is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. Glasgow was used to recreate the streets of Philadelphia for a zombie apocalypse.

Harry Potter is a British film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The famous Glenfinnan Viaduct railway was featured in four of the films.

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