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Austria’s Long History of Moviemaking Continue to Attract Foreign Production

Movie buffs know Austria best through two classics: 1949’s “The Third Man” and 1965’s “The Sound of Music,” both of which were filmed at multiple locations in the country. But many other pictures have also been shot against Austria’s craggy Alpine landscapes, picturesque villages and historic capital of Vienna.

What’s more, today, Austria entices producers with a grant of up to 25% on qualified spend.

Vienna happens to offer filmmakers some of the grandest old-world cityscapes, and can easily double for other European capitals such as Paris and Berlin. Plus, the city’s vibrant cultural scene and its role as a hotbed of culture and entertainment provide additional lures on top of the purely financial ones.

Specifically, Austria’s grant ranges from 20% to 25%. To be eligible, a production must spend a minimum of 1 million euros, or approximately $1.16 million.

In addition, a minimum of five shooting days must take place in Austria, and a cultural test is applied to all candidates.

Recent productions shot in Austria include “The Spy Who Dumped Me” (2018), “Red Sparrow” (2018), “The Hunter’s Prayer” (2017), “Brimstone” (2016), “Eddie the Eagle” (2016), “Woman in Gold” (2015), “Point Break” (2015), “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” (2015) and “Spectre” (2015).

Incenitves
20%-25% Grant on qualified spending
$1.16m Qualified spending required
5 Required minimum shooting days in Austria
Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company.

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