Austria went James Bond crazy in 2015 as Sony Pictures’ Spectre became the biggest production ever to be shot in the Tyrolean Alps.
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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.
Croatia has sustained a high profile as an international filming location in recent years and is a popular double for more expensive European cities. Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea is particularly popular. Significantly, the city has been the main stand-in for Westeros capital King’s Landing in HBO’s Game Of Thrones.
The Czech Republic is a small country in the heart of Europe, with a hefty incentive and a long film-making tradition. In recent months, a variety of films and TV dramas of different budgets and genres have been shooting in the country.
There are three key reasons why international producers shoot in England: fiscal incentives, talent (above and below the line) and facilities. London remains the heart of the UK film industry. In the city or nearby are the major studios, VFX and post-production houses, production and service companies, casting agents and location managers. What has changed in recent years is the increased film-making activity elsewhere, including at the -Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol, the Space Project and Sharp Project in Manchester, and the Yorkshire Studios in converted RAF hangars in Church Fenton.
Film-makers of European film, TV and commercials are drawn to Finland thanks to its guarantee of snow throughout the extended winter period of mid-October to early May. It also provides lush green vistas in the summer.
Lapland spans the northern reaches of Finland and borders Sweden to the west, Norway to the north and Russia to the east. As a result of Lapland’s extended wintry conditions, its myriad ski slopes are a major international appeal and the Pyha and Luosto resorts are both within a 90-minute drive of Rovaniemi, the regional capital.