Portugal’s new tax incentive for film is poised to go live this year. The aim is to attract big-budget international feature productions to the country for the first time (TV will need to wait until the film relief beds in).
Author - Geoffrey Macnab
Belgium’s diverse range of historical and contemporary locations is matched in variety by the collection of different financial incentives it offers international producers. In addition to the federal tax shelter, regional funding is also accessible throughout the country.
Three James Bond movies — Spectre, Quantum Of Solace and The Living Daylights — have filmed in Austria but 2017 is all about Bollywood. Tiger Zinda Hai, one of the biggest Indian films of the year, has been filming in what the locals call ‘Tirollywood’ — that’s to say in the snowcapped Tirol mountains. The film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and featuring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, set up camp around Innsbruck in the spring.
Since Croatia introduced a 20% cash rebate for international film and TV production in 2012, the country has become a magnet for footloose location projects. The picturesque seafront city of Dubrovnik features heavily in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, which has sparked a tourist boom. This year, Lionsgate’s Robin Hood, starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan and Eve Hewson, has been shooting in the city, which stands in for 12th-century Nottingham. History Channel’s Knightfall, about the Knights Templar, is also in town.
A number of high-end TV dramas have shot in the Czech Republic in the past 12 months. These include National Geographic’s Albert Einstein drama Genius, starring Geoffrey Rush, A&E Studios’ Knightfall, about the Knights Templar in the 14th century, and Neal Street Productions’ sword-and-sandals saga Britannia for Amazon Studios and Sky, set in Britain in 43ad.
In terms of inward investment into the UK, 2016 was a record breaking year — and 2017 is shaping up to be equally busy in terms of the numbers of movie and high-end TV dramas being shot, the majority in England.
Macedonia is a small country, but one with a vibrant film industry. It has strong -production and service companies, along with skilled technicians. “There are around 280 sunny days a year, low taxes, low operation costs and competitive labour costs,” says Mimi Gjorgoska-Ilievska, director of the Macedonian Film Agency.
The 30% cash rebate scheme introduced in 2014 has had a transformative effect on the Dutch film industry. This soft-money scheme has both enabled Dutch producers to attract foreign partners and has brought international films to the Netherlands.