WHY: The Benelux countries obsess over the health of their home industries rather than worry about attracting outside productions. Yet there are still some tempting deals and choice locations in this corner of Europe.
In Belgium, a tax shelter channels coin into film productions with European identity and a local co-producer. Money must be spent on local costs, which can include Belgian cast, crew and shooting infrastructure, although in practice this type of financing better suits post-production. Abundance of coin has done wonders for country’s animators and effects houses.
In French-speaking southern Belgium, government agency Wallimage will support locally shot co-productions with a mix of investment and loan up to E500,000 ($644,000).
In Holland there are no national incentive programs, and only Rotterdam has an established film commission. The Rotterdam Film Fund provides interest-free loans for productions shooting in the city. International co-productions can claim up to $130,000, which must go through a local co-producer.
Luxembourg does little to attract foreign productions, but may subsidize co-productions.
SHOT THERE: “Mr. Nobody” (Brussels), “Reykjavik-Rotterdam” (Rotterdam), “In Bruges” (Bruges)
HOT SPOT: Le Pole Image in Liege, southern Belgium, unites 12 companies covering everything from set lighting and digital cinematography to sound effects, post-production and animation.
Wallonie Tournages (location office): wallonie-tournages.be
Brussels Film Office: bruxellestournage.be
Film Cities Flanders: filmcitiesflanders.com
Le Pole Image de Liege: lepole.be
Rotterdam Film Fund: rff.rotterdam.nl