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Austria launched a €20 million ($28 million) film fund last year known as Film Location Austria (FISA). The fund will operate through the end of 2012 and is currently available only to local films or international co-productions. Foreign productions that shoot in Austria using local line producers and crews do not qualify for funding. That’s something Austrian film commissioner Arie Bohrer is hoping to see changed.

Bohrer and other industry reps are lobbying the government to loosen the strict guidelines to encourage more production not only to Austria but also the growing film production hub that includes Hungary and the Czech Republic, which offer top-notch studio facilities but lack some of the high-end infrastructure available in Austria, including five-star hotels, diverse cuisines and well-kept mountain roads. Additional federal funding can be had from the Austrian Film Institute and the Federal Chancellor’s office as well as various types of support from Austria’s nine provinces.

STUDIOS & FACILITIES UPDATE
Who needs backlots when you’ve got the Alps, medieval castles and Baroque palaces? But most big productions use Austria for location work and skip the small local studios in favor of bigger soundstages in Budapest.

RESOURCES & CREW DEPTH
Location Austria serves as a one-stop-shop for filmmakers looking to shoot in Austria, offering help in finding co-production partners, crews, obtaining production funding, location scouting support, and other services.

POST & VFX
Austria offers top post production facilities with state-of-the-art hardware and software and its proximity to Germany also offers easy access to leading post and VFX players in Munich and Stuttgart.

FILM COMMISSION CONTACTS

Location Austria
Arie Bohrer, film commissioner
+43 (0) 1 588 58
Web: http://www.locationaustria.at/en
Email: a.bohrer@aba.gv.at

THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW
The cost of living in Vienna is significantly lower than in London or Paris. The average salaries for crews are also very competitive.