Tax breaks / incentives
There are a number funding options available from the Austrian federal and regional governments, some of which are reliant upon the involvement of an Austrian co-producer. Funding bodies (such as Location Austria) will often assist in the search for an Austrian co-production partner if necessary.
Each funding option varies in its eligibility criteria. Some guidelines will require the hiring of local film crews or actors, or even the inclusion of elements of Austrian culture within the plot lines of the film.
An example is a fund called FISA. The fund holds €7.5m per year and is assigned to enhance co-productions. Within the fund filmmakers can claim back up to 25% of their local Austrian spend up, up to a max of €1.2m project.
Co-production treaties exist between Austria and Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Spain. Films which are being produced on the basis of such an agreement are being considered national films and are therefore eligible for funding. Multilateral co-productions and bi-lateral co-productions - in the absence of a bilateral treaty -, are also treated as national productions.
Here is a list of major funding bodies to which filmmakers can apply when producing a film in Austria:
Other incentives for filming in Austria include the fact that the country is small and well connected with excellent infrastructure, meaning that travel time between locations can be minimal, helping to keep production costs low.
Another benefit for international crews is that although Austria’s official language is German, English is taught as the second language in schools and is understood and spoken by most Austrians. The majority of film and television industry professionals are fluent in English, and many also speak additional languages.