Croatia is a very production friendly country that often double’s up for other Mediterranean countries offering a diverse range of filming locations rich in history.
Filming in Croatia
Croatia has emerged as a popular destination for filmmakers in recent years, thanks to its stunning natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and well-preserved historic sites. The country offers a plethora of unique filming locations, making it an ideal choice for various genres and settings.
One of the most famous filming locations in Croatia is Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Its ancient city walls, picturesque streets, and well-preserved medieval architecture have made it a sought-after backdrop for productions like the popular TV series “Game of Thrones.” The city’s historic charm and coastal scenery provide a captivating setting for period dramas, fantasy epics, or even contemporary stories.
The country’s diverse geography offers a range of breathtaking locations. From the enchanting Plitvice Lakes National Park with its cascading waterfalls and lush greenery to the rugged mountains of Dalmatia, Croatia provides a variety of natural landscapes for filmmakers to explore. The iconic Krka National Park, with its magnificent waterfalls and crystal-clear pools, has also attracted several productions.
Croatia’s Adriatic coastline is another major draw for filmmakers. With its pristine beaches, secluded coves, and crystal-clear waters, it provides a stunning backdrop for romance, adventure, and water-themed productions. The coastal cities of Split and Zadar offer a mix of ancient Roman ruins and vibrant modern life, making them versatile filming locations.
Furthermore, Croatia offers a supportive and well-developed film industry. Local production companies and experienced crews provide high-quality services to international productions. The country also offers attractive financial incentives, including a cash rebate program, which encourages filmmakers to choose Croatia as their filming destination.
There are two climate zones; a continental climate, also a mountainous climate, prevails in the interior, whereas a pleasant Mediterranean climate prevails along the Adriatic coast, with an overwhelming number of sunny days and a sea temperature that does not fall under 20°C. This
pleasant climate favours the Adriatic coast. The average temperature:
January 0 to 2°C, August 19 to 23°C; average temperature at
the seaside: January 6 to 11°C, August 21 to 27 °C; the sea
temperature is about 12°C in the winter, and 25°C in the
Founded in May, 2012 our Croatia partner is a full service production company based in Zagreb. Their main goal is to provide production companies, agencies and clients with the best possible budgets, locations, best crew. They were formed by experienced producers who shot over 400 commercials during the past seven years. They worked as producers with directors like Fernando Vallejo, Frank Borin, Ivo Mostertman, Paul Vos, Sam Tootal, David Levine,
Siraj Jhaveri, Billy Kent, Ben Jones, Andy Lambert, Peter Salmi, Andrzej Sekula, Wiebke Berndt, Silvio Helbig, Peyton Wilson, Johan Gulbranson, Eicke Beitinga, any many more.
They have shot for clients such as Pepsico, Coca cola, Megafone, MTS, Beeline, VW, Skoda, Sberbank, Orange, Tele2, Avon, Oriflame
Tax Breaks & Incentives
Financial incentive for filming in Croatia is available to international and local filmmakers in the form of a rebate of 25% on qualifying Croatian spending. An additional 5% is approved for productions filming in regions with below average development. There’s typically a minimum spend requirement to qualify for the incentives. The exact amount varied, and it subject to change, so it’s important to verify the latest figures.
Production houses & Agencies: Park Productions, Action Film, Publicis, Real Grupa, Synergy Films, Caviar, Minus Minus, Instinct, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, McCann Eriksson, Ogilvy, Lowe, BBDO, JWT
SHOOTING WITH IVAN AND HIS TEAM ON THE ISLAND OF HVAR WAS A GENUINE PLEASURE. NOT ONLY WERE THE CREW EXTREMELY FRIENDLY, EXPERIENCED AND PROFESSIONAL BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY HE ARRANGED FOR US TO JUMP INTO A SPEEDBOAT AND BE SPIRITED AWAY TO A TINY ISLAND RESTAURANT. CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK – IN FACT I AM THIS VERY MONTH!
Peter Salmi. Director.
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