Why: Romania is clearly on the rise, with hard-wired new studios such as MediaPro, which this year won over the producers of Woody Harrelson starrer "Bunraku" through its L.A. rep, Media in Action.
Russia remains a challenging location for foreign producers despite growing signs that local studio chiefs are keen to attract more international business.
"Zack and Miri Make a Porno" and holdovers "High School Musical 3" and "Saw V" all contend with a holiday that's likely to distract their young-skewing auds.
Financial support for overseas filmmakers can be accessed directly through the Singapore Tourism Board's program called Film in Singapore!, which will refund up to 50% of costs incurred in Singapore.
The Italian box office is down 5% so far in 2008, a year that is seeing Yank pics command a hefty 62% marketshare despite some Hollywood underperformers. Meanwhile local movies are consolidating…
Abundant sunshine, a wide range of unique locations and excellent infrastructure make Spain an attractive value-for-money destination for producers. Production costs are around 20% lower than main…
In general, the local pic biz has enjoyed a buoyant run at the B.O. in 2008 so far. French pics have improved their marketshare at home, currently at about 44% -- an 11% jump compared with last year…
Thailand's reputation lies in the canny combination of competitive cost and experienced local crews, while the diverse locations, from the mountainous north to the southern islands, have long…
Blighty might be coming out of a summer that saw its highest cinema attendance since 1969, but these remain challenging times for U.K. indie distribs.
With a skills base and a talent pool second only to Los Angeles, the U.K. attracts more than its share of big-budget studio tentpoles looking for quality and reliability.
Young sexy terrorists, fascist high school kids and nature documentaries have contributed to a good year for Germany's indie sector.