Writing, producing and directing a pair of indie films should have made me immune to unpleasant surprises.
Markets & Festivals
The scoop: The Location Offset for Foreign Films and Television tax credit has been upped from 12.5% to 15%, which, when added to state incentives, will give producers a rebate of between 17% and…
The scoop: The Netherlands' film fund has an annual budget of $37 million. Coin is given as a direct grant of up to 35% of the pic's budget with a ceiling of $3.4 million. Productions have to meet…
The scoop: While there are no tax incentives or local subsidies, prices are on par with low-cost leader Romania. Bulgarian stuntpeople are highly skilled, and crews are well trained as they're used…
The scoop: The quality of locations and crews, plus the vast country's diversity in both terrain and people lure filmmakers.
The scoop: China has something for everyone when it comes to making movies -- deserts, rain forests, stunning lake scenery and bang-up-to-date facilities at studios such as Hengdian. . .
Smack-dab in the center of the country, Ontario is famous for its diverse locations that can play everything from modern Chicago to an early 20th century small town.
A sophisticated infrastructure and experienced crews are what attract big-budget shoots to the Czech Republic and its picturesque capital city, Prague.
The scoop: Paris is the hot spot. The pledge that Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe made six years ago to put the City of Light back in lights on the film map is finally coming true, thanks to the digital…
The scoop: Federal-regional support is not only indulging local filmmakers, it's also making it easier and increasingly attractive for international productions to shoot here.
The scoop: While Hong Kong doesn't offer a rebate program or favorable exchange rates for international film crews, it does have a simple tax regime -- 17.5% for corporations and 16% for…