International films have been shooting in Italy since the 1950s, lured by the stunning scenery and well-established film infrastructure. The country’s varied backdrops include the northern mountains of Trentino-Alto Adige, the plains of Turin and Piedmont, and the coasts of Sicily and Puglia.
Author - Nick Goundry
Japan is yet to establish itself as a major international filming location with appeal beyond East Asia, and rarely hosts footloose high-budget international productions for more than a few days. The country has no formal filming incentive programme and is regarded as an expensive place to shoot.
Lithuania is slowly growing its production industry and the number of international footloose productions it attracts.
As Malaysia starts to emerge from the shadow of regional production powerhouses China and South Korea, it has its sights fixed firmly on becoming a major locations player.
Thailand is a popular filming location for small-scale projects, primarily from Japan and parts of Europe, and is occasionally chosen for high-profile, big-budget shoots. In 2014, Thailand’s cumulative inward investment from several hundred international shoots reached a relatively low $35m.