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Overview and productions

The Czech Republic is busier than ever, housing high-budget productions including Netflix’s Extraction 2, starring Chris Hemsworth, which moved from Australia to Prague; the streaming giant’s series All Quiet On The Western Front, starring Daniel Brühl; Starz and Lionsgate’s reimagining of Dangerous Liaisons; Sky’s apocalyptic series Extinction; and another Netflix feature Spaceman Of Bohemia, starring Adam Sandler. 

“Dangerous Liaisons is set in 1780 Paris, but France and the UK were not an option for us because of the expense. Prague is a more economical place to film,” says series line producer Rob How. 

Other projects include Netflix’s CIA thriller The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, MGM International TV and Peacock’s thriller series Last Light starring Matthew Fox, and Amazon and Gaumont’s Operation Totems. 

“The Czech Republic is very welcoming, with a high-performing audio­visual industry, renowned film studios and highly skilled technicians,” says Operation Totems producer Arnaud de Crémiers. 

There is also an appealing 20% cash rebate, which was boosted recently by a $14m (CZK304m) increase in the annual production incentive budget, making it $50.2m (CZK1.1bn) for 2021.

Disney+’s Marvel series The Falcon And The Winter Soldier was one of the biggest projects to shoot in the country last year, doubling Prague for Latvia, Tunisia, Turkey, Poland, Russia and Germany. Lionsgate’s White Bird: A Wonder Story, produced by Julia Roberts and starring Gillian Anderson, also shot in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the second season of Legendary Television’s Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Dele­vingne, returned to filming in August, including at Barrandov Studio, with a local crew of around 900 people.

“The craftsmanship of our Czech crew was second to none,” says Carnival Row showrunner Erik Oleson. “The massive sets are built out in such meticulous detail that you wouldn’t know you’re on a backlot. What would be prohibitively expensive to construct and film elsewhere is not only possible in the Czech Republic, the locals make it happen for a reasonable price.”

The wide variety of locations range from cities, castles, chateaus and reservoirs to forests, mountains, caves and sandstone cliffs. The capital is divided into numbered administrative districts, with Prague 1, Prague 2 and Prague 3 being the most central. Producers need a permit from each district in which they plan to shoot. Most productions also require a permit from Technicka Sprava Komunikaci (TSK), Prague’s road and street authority. 

The country is also promoting two below-the-radar locations: the Valec chateau, at the edge of north-west Czech’s Doupov mountains in the Karlovy Vary region, is a 15-hectare complex with eight other film-friendly sites, including a church, administrative building and carriage house. In the country’s south east, the 19th-century Brno underground water reservoirs in the South Moravian region have opened up to filmmakers.

 

Locations

The wide variety of locations in the Czech Republic range from cities, castles, chateaus and reservoirs to forests, mountains, caves and sandstone cliffs. The capital is divided into numbered administrative districts, with Prague 1, Prague 2 and Prague 3 being the most central. Producers need a permit from each district in which they plan to shoot. Most productions also require a permit from Technicka Sprava Komunikaci (TSK), Prague’s road and street authority.

The country is also promoting two below-the-radar locations: the Valec chateau, at the edge of north-west Czech’s Doupov mountains in the Karlovy Vary region, is a 15-hectare complex with eight other film-friendly sites, including a church, administrative building and carriage house. And in the country’s south east, the 19th-century Brno underground water reservoirs in the South Moravian region have opened up to filmmakers.

 

Crew and infrastructure

Barrandov Studio is one of Europe’s biggest, with 13 soundstages. Its vast 160,000 square metre backlot has an artificial embankment and natural horizon. Prague Studios has six stages and a 100,000 square metre backlot. Crews are usually fluent in English, German or French. Producers can bring heads of department, but international productions increasingly hire heads of department locally. There is enough studio space, equipment and crew to handle multiple productions of various sizes at the same time.

Travel

The Czech Republic is in the heart of Europe and has direct flights to major European cities as well as Toronto, Montreal, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai and Doha. The studios are located close to Prague city centre.

First person to contact

Pavlina Zipkova, film commissioner, Czech Film Commission @ pavlina@filmcommission.cz

 

 

European status

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union and participates in the Schengen Agreement. Its currency is the Czech koruna. 

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