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Cannes: Romania plans formal filming incentive

The Zero TheoremRomania has announced plans to introduce a formal filming incentive by the end of this year and will also relaunch Bucharest Film Studios.

The Romanian Ministry of Culture said the incentive programme will be designed to bring the country more in line with European neighbours the Czech Republic and Hungary, which offer filming support of 20% and 25% respectively. 

Productions with budgets between €20m and €30m will qualify for the new Romanian incentive support.

Bucharest Film Studios was formerly known as Media Pro and offers 19 sound stages, four water tanks and a 100-acre backlot. 

Terry Gilliam’s dystopian movie The Zero Theorem (pictured) and Sam Worthington’s American Civil War drama The Keeping Room have been among the few international productions to film at the studios in the last couple of years.

Romania is in fact a proven double for stories set in 19th century America, with the History Channel’s hit 2012 miniseries Hatfields & McCoys having filmed at Bucharest’s Castel Film Studios and on location elsewhere in the country. 

The new incentive and relaunched film studios will help raise Romania’s production profile in Eastern Europe.

For more on filming in Romania see our production guide.

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