Author - Geoffrey Macnab

Austria

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.

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Macedonia

Macedonia film locations

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.

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Flatpack Films

Zita Kisgergely and Juan Amin’s Budapest-based Flatpack Films is one of Hungary’s leading production service companies, particularly for commercials. The company has years of experience and a network of contacts stretching across Europe and from India to South Korea.

Flatpack has a reputation for reliability and problem solving. The company, previously known as PPM, recently oversaw production of a lavish new Montblanc ad featuring Hugh Jackman that shot in Budapest with an international crew. The company has also serviced a commercial for Hyundai, which follows a child who grows up fascinated by cars — and ends up driving a Hyundai.
Kisgergely and Amin are producers who know just how to access locations and to enable foreign producers to work in Hungarian studios with local crews. “Due to our 20 years of experience, we know everyone in the Hungarian industry,” Amin explains.

When it comes to features, Flatpack is presently servicing an Indian project called Raabta, which is now shooting in Budapest.

www.flatpackfilms.com