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Slovenia to launch new filming incentive

SloveniaSlovenia will launch a 25% cash rebate as a filming incentive support programme from January 2017.

International films, TV shows, animations and documentaries will be eligible for the rebate on taxable production costs subject to a cultural test and they will need to work with a Slovenian producer, reports Film New Europe (FNE). 

“The new law creates a more competitive environment for foreign productions in Slovenia, due to the fact that all neighbouring countries already have the incentives,” said Nerina Kocjancic, acting director of the Slovenian Film Centre, in comments to FNE.

“It will bring new job opportunities to Slovenian film professionals and finally it will prove the film sector can also enrich other sectors in Slovenia. Hopefully, this can be an extra argument to stop the decrease of the budget of the Slovenian Film Centre.”

An initial annual fund of €1m has been set aside by the Slovenian government. The relatively low figure suggests the country is not immediately setting out to compete with neighbours Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria, all of which attract major Hollywood shoots with generous filming incentives and experienced crews.

Slovenia’s film fund may increase if the programme attracts enough international attention.

For more on filming in Slovenia see our production guide.