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Winnetou western series wraps Croatia filming

Filming for a new trilogy of movies based on the 19th century Winnetou novels has wrapped in Croatia.

The films have been adapted from 19th century source novels by German author Karl May and tell the story of fictional Native American character Winnetou. Movies featuring the character were first made in the 1960s and were also shot in Croatia.

Just under 70 days of location filming took place in Croatia for the new films, doubling 20 or so locations in the Eastern European country for the American West. Local production was supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and was serviced by Aleks Produkcija in Zagreb. Filming on the movies will continue in Germany.

“We have brought more than 30,000 overnight stays in accommodation facilities at various locations and have provided excellent tourist promotion for Croatia,” said producer Alexander Črček, in comments to the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.

“Additionally local communities will be given parts of the film scenery to use as a potential tourist attraction.”

Croatia continues to appeal to international producers and has been a popular filming location for Game of Thrones in recent years. Other high-profile shoots have included Luc Besson’s war movie The Lake and the US drama Dig. 

For more on filming in Croatia, check our production guide.