(Red Sparrow image: Action Press/REX/Shutterstock)
Austria’s unique locations can easily be combined with studio facilities in neighbouring countries.
Austria has enjoyed a high international profile in the past decade thanks to hosting memorable scenes for James Bond films Quantum Of Solace and Spectre, as well as action sequences for Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.
It is Bollywood, however, that has had a major impact in the past year. Yash Raj Films’ Tiger Zinda Hai spent two weeks filming in Innsbruck and other parts of the western Tirol region. The production hired around 70 local crew.
Austrian authorities faced a challenge convincing the producers of Tiger Zinda Hai to film locally as the country faces stiff competition from other parts of Europe. However, Bollywood filmmakers put a high value on exotic locales that have not necessarily been seen on-screen so much by their audiences, and so the producers were eventually won over. It also shot in Abu Dhabi.
Further international productions to have shot in Austria include 20th Century Fox’s Red Sparrow and Imagine Entertainment’s The Spy Who Dumped Me, with Mila Kunis.
The country’s production incentive programme Film Industry Support Austria (FISA) helps to further boost the country’s international profile, although there is a relatively limited annual fund of $9.2m (¤7.5m).
Film Industry Support Austria (FISA) is the main incentive programme, offering a 20% grant for eligible production costs and up to 25% for service productions. Producers must spend at least $1.2m (€1m) locally to qualify and must film in Austria for at least five days. In addition, the project must have a total budget of at least $10m (€8m), or $1.2m (€1m) for documentaries. A cultural test must also be passed to the satisfaction of authorities.
Full details on financial incentives in Austria: Location Austria
Infrastructure and crews
Austria is not known for its studio infrastructure but technical production equipment and experienced crews who speak fluent English are easy to come by, while studios can be accessed in neighbouring countries (Red Sparrow and The Spy Who Dumped Me were based in Hungary). Vienna is the country’s film hub.
Austria is well connected internally by both air and land. International flights connect to several of the country’s key cities.