A city with character and amazing architecture, the Danish capital of Copenhagen is an exciting locale to shoot in
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark. Situated on the islands of Zealand and Amager, it is one of the world’s most environmental-friendly cities and is also a city where modern and medieval styles co-exist. This is where old fairytales blend with flashy, new architecture and world-class designs, just like warm jazz mixing with cold hip-hop beats.
Precipitation is moderate throughout the year, with a small peak from June to August. Snowfall occurs mainly from late December until early March but snow cover seldom lasts long. Rain during January and February is as common as snow, and the average temperatures for these two winter months are near freezing.
The oldest section of Copenhagen’s inner city is often referred to as ‘Middelalderbyen’ (The Medieval City). However, the most distinctive district of Copenhagen is Frederiksstaden. It has the Amalienborg Palace at its centre and is dominated by the dome of the Marble Church and several elegant 18th century mansions. The old, inner city of Copenhagen includes the small island of Slotsholmen with the Christiansborg Palace and Christianshavn. Sometimes referred to as ‘The City of Spires’, Copenhagen is known for its horizontal skyline, broken only by spires of churches and castles. Recent years have seen a boom in modern architecture in Copenhagen both when it comes to Danish architecture and works by international architects.
Copenhagen is a green city with many big and small parks. King’s Garden, the garden of Rosenborg Castle, is the oldest park here. Also located in the city centre are the Botanical Gardens. The lesser-known Vestre Kirkegaard is the largest cemetery and park in Denmark and offers a maze of dense groves, open lawns, winding paths, hedges, overgrown tombs, monuments, tree-lined avenues, lakes and other garden features.
Copenhagen and its surrounding areas have three beaches. That’s 8 km of sandy beaches. This includes Amager Strandpark, which opened in 2005 and includes a 2-km-long artificial island and 4.6 km of beach.
Copenhagen comes under the Oresund Film Commission (OFC), whether you’re shooting a big-budget feature film or a small-scale documentary Oresund Film Commission will help you with your production in the region.
A permit is usually obtained from the location owner or public authority for all types of films. Applications for permits must contain precise and detailed information about who wants to shoot what, where and when. The cost of a permit varies according to the location as well as the nature and size of the production.
The Film Commission recommends all international productions to work with a local location manager and a production company. It is obviously an advantage to have local knowledge of the required permits for carrying out any kind of production, big or small. This guarantees that the production will finish on schedule and within budget.
The Film Commission is on call to guide you through the necessary permits and provide information about what people and government agencies to contact.
Working with a location manager rarely takes more than three to five business days and to obtain a shooting permit in the region.
Film companies in the Copenhagen Region generally have fixed agreements with an insurance company about insurance for on-location shooting. If you are an international production company and you wish to shoot without using a local insurance company, the Film Commission will help you locate suitable insurance providers. Always make sure to settle any insurance and liability issues with your local insurance provider in the region.
The Danish Customs and Excise authorities are the most flexible in Europe. Moreover, online processing helps VAT procedures run smoothly.
ATA (Admission Temporary Admission) Carnet is widely accepted and recommended for importing goods for film production. ATA Carnet allows the temporary import of goods without the need for a deposit/guarantee or submitting any Customs Declaration. The ATA Carnet is an international Customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods for up to one year.
ATA Carnets cover commercial samples and professional equipment, including photographic and film equipment. These items can cross borders duty-free and tax-free.
Armed with their ATA Carnet, filmmakers can make advance Customs arrangements at pre-determined cost, visit more than one country, and use their ATA Carnet for several trips during its one-year validity, and return to their home country with their goods without problems or delays.