Location: Europe 2012 - Croatia
Marking nearly a year since the introduction of a 20% tax rebate program, Croatia is looking forward to a co-production boom.The rebate, approved in July and formally launched in December, offers rebates on qualifying local spend. Eligible projects must pass a test for cultural content, creative talents and production standards. Croatia hopes the rebate will help it attract projects that have scouted the country but been lost to other locales, such as “Casino Royal,” which went to the Czech Republic, and “Coriolanus,” which shot in neighboring Serbia. Zagreb-based Jadran Film’s 270,000-sq.-ft. studio complex houses five soundstages of various sizes, including one with a 1,000-sq.-ft. shooting pool 8 feet deep. There are several smaller studios, warehouses and open lots throughout the country that are regularly adapted by local production companies for large-scale shoots. More than 100 companies offer production services. Jadran, established in the 1950s, has extensive original wartime vehicle and prop collections collected from equipment left behind by the German army at the end of World War II and from the Yugoslav communist forces. Croatia is undergoing a fresh wave of interest from the international film community, increasing its number of co-productions and production servicing. Croatia’s Pakt Media was involved in servicing George Lucas’ “Red Tails” and Embassy Films is now working on season three of TV series “Game of Thrones” after successful collaboration on the second season.
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