Italy is building on its reputation as a world-class filming destination by refurbishing and expanding Cinecitta Studios.
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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.
(Murder on the Orient Express image: Nicola Dove)
The island republic’s water tanks and financial incentives are the biggest draws for international production shoots that have recently included Das Boot and American Assassin.
(Solo: A Star Wars Story image: Lucasfilm Ltd)
Spain boasts 8,000 kilometres of coastline as well as deserts, mountains, fascinating cities and various national and regional financial incentives. The Canary Islands are particularly film-friendly.
It may be relatively expensive to shoot in Switzerland but the country’s stunning locations are enough to attract many producers.
Ticino Film Commission, the region that includes Locarno, is hoping to put Switzerland on the speed-dial of the world’s leading location managers.
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.
A shamanic snake charmer, a challenging Mallorcan location that tested the crew to its limits, and breath-taking landscapes on the Spanish island all helped give Susanne Bier’s six-part TV series The Night Manager the sweep of an epic cinematic movie.