Norway’s glaciers, mountains and fjords have long been a magnet for international productions, especially those in the sci-fi, adventure and fantasy genres. The country was further boosted in 2016 by the introduction an incentive covering up to 25% of spending in the territory. Popular destinations include the municipalities of Ulvik, where the mountain plateau of Finse stood in for Greenland in Isabel Coixet’s Endless Night (aka Nobody Wants The Night) and Aurland, where the fjord scenery is a favourite with Bollywood.
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Snow, fog, abandoned psychiatric hospitals and inspiring silver-birch forests that run on for miles are all on offer in Estonia. The northern European country borders the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Finland and is a short ferry trip from Finland and Sweden. It is also just a road trip from major European cities including Warsaw and Berlin. St Petersburg in Russia is an overnight train from Estonia’s capital city Tallinn.
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).
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.
When Samuel L Jackson came to shoot Big Game in Munich in the German region of Bavaria in 2013, he made sure to visit Oktoberfest and sample some famous German beers.
The spectacular natural beauty of Spain’s Canary Islands and a 35% tax incentive are making the islands a favourite of international film crews. Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and La Palma have all attracted international shoots. These include Universal Pictures’ Jason Bourne (Tenerife stood in for Greece) and hit BBC TV show Doctor Who.
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.