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Spotlight On Serbia

This is one of the freshest locales for filming in Europe


The Republic of Serbia is a landlocked country at the crossroadsof Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Carpathian Basin and the central part of the Balkans. Serbia borders Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; the Republic of Macedonia to the south; and Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the west. The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is among the largestcities in Southeast Europe.

Belgrade is emerging as the hot new destination for international, feature and commercial film markets. Serbia offer slow production costs, highly skilled creative talent, scenic locations and a solid industry infrastructure. And there’s more. Belgrade buzzes with an unparalleled energy from the sublime to the

extreme, the city’s frenetic nightlife, cool urban edge, bohemian vibe and safe streets please even the most discerning customer

Beyond Belgrade, Serbia offers   of scenery that can serve diverse location needs from villages to rivers, mountains and forests. The country’s unique architecture reflects Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman influences, offering rich, distinct backdrops for a variety of productions.

Serbia offers a well-developed film infrastructure and a comprehensive set of production services. In general Serbiais a cost-competitive place to shoot. It trades in the Kuna, which offers a favorable exchange rate for visiting International productions. Belgrade is the main production centre and everyone must travel from there.


The Serbian climate varies between a continental climate in the north, with cold winters, and hot, humid summers with well distributed rainfall patterns, and a more Adriatic climate in the south with hot, dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy inland snowfall.

Film Incentive

The Serbian Film Incentive offers:

• A 12 per cent cash rebate on all Serbianlabour costs

• A 15 per cent cash rebate on all Serbian expenditure on goods and services

For the production of feature films, documentaries, television productions and TV series shot on location in Serbia.TV commercials are not eligible.

International producers can apply via a Serbian service production company or a Special Purpose Vehicle – a company registered in Serbia for the sole purpose of carrying out a particular production. All costs are incurred by the production and paid to Serbian companies and individuals during the shoot for the purchaseor rental of goods and services in Serbia and for the use of Serbian locations.


All salaries and taxes paid in Serbia:

This includes any international crew if they are registered for tax and paid in Serbia during the production. To qualify for this incentive, productions must spend a minimum of 2 million euros on qualifying Serbian expenditure. The incentive is only applicable to one project at a time.


Application Requirement

1) Power of attorney to apply for the programme (granted by the foreign investor/producer) and a contract between the foreign production company and a local service provider

2) Power of attorney granted by the royalty holder

3) Synopsis and the format of the film

4) A list of the relevant crew members for production of the film (director, actors, etc.)

5) A production budget overview, with cost specification and presentation of the budget to be spent in the Republic of Serbia

6) Proof on the foreign origin of funds for the film production expenditures in the Republic of Serbia

7) Schedule of activities underlying production of the film in the Republic of Serbia

8) A list of films the applicant production participated in, ie, members or participants in such production (reference list)

9) Other data or documentation envisaged by the committee Any film that receives Serbian funds under this decree must contain (1) language specifying that the Republic of Serbia financially supported the film’s

production and (2) a visual representation of the special national brand of the Republic of Serbia logo, in a visible place, in all versions, copies and screenings in various markets.

Post -Production

Serbia offers an array of services for high-tech post-production projects. The newly built state-of-the-art CineLab film laboratory specialises in film processing negatives and adheres to the strictest quality controls established by Kodak.

Two other prominent post-production companies, Digitalkraft and Crater Studio, have collaborated with US-based studios to create matte painting and digital animation for their recent projects. Serbia also possesses a number of talented artists that are experienced in compositing, matte painting, 3D

animation, 3D modeling, lighting, match moving, rotoscoping, and character animation. Some of Serbia’s top artists were credited as digital matte painting supervisors for some of Hollywood’s top feature film productions.

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