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Overview and productions

Slovakia made a bold statement by increasing its cash rebate from 20% to 33% in January 2020 in an effort to attract more international productions. The move has clearly paid off with an abundance of projects heading to the landlocked Central European country.

Forthcoming film and TV projects include Warner Bros and Hargenant drama World’s Eater (working title), directed by Tomas Bencik, which is due to shoot in the Low Tatras mountains, and the third season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. “We found a very talented group of filmmakers in Slovakia, which is growing into a future destination for international film,” says Howard Ellis, producer of the Amazon series, which stars John Krasinski.

Recent big projects to shoot in the country include the fifth season of NBC­Universal/Nomadic Pictures’ fantasy horror Van Helsing. The producers applied for the incentive through local outfit Spectral, requesting support of $650,000 (€560,000), representing almost 2% of the expected $41.7m (€36m) budget.

“The skillset, talent, experience and dedication to the craft is second to none,” says the series’ US producer Morris Chapdelaine of the local Slovakian crews. “Equipment rentals, facilities, locations, transportation services and the incredible food are all things that stand out, but it’s the wonderful people that really made our show work here — on time and on budget.”

 

Further international co-productions to film recently in Slovakia include Mariana Cengel Solcanska’s feature The Chambermaid, produced by Slovakia’s Bright Sight Pictures and Czech broadcaster Cineart TV Prague; and Tereza Nvotova’s dark drama The Nightsiren, produced by Slovakia’s BFilm with Moloko Film from the Czech Republic and France’s Silvera Productions. 

Locations and permits

Slovakia offers culturally rich and diverse locations, including the popular capital city Bratislava, the High Tatras mountain range, the city of Kosice, forests, modern industrial and socialist-era architecture, medieval towns and more than 100 castles. Permits are easy to secure, but it is recommended to apply at least 30 working days before the intended start of production.

Infrastructure and crew

A24 Studio in Bratislava has recently opened with a spacious stage space (70x30 metres), a spidercam, underground corridors for cables and parking for 600 cars. Other sites include Koliba Studios and Shining Film Studio, but most productions come for the locations. Slovakia’s skilled multilingual workforce is generally lower priced compared to other European countries. 

Most equipment rental companies are based in Bratislava, offering the latest grip equipment, generators, cameras, sound and light equipment, and cranes. Other kit can be rented from neighbouring Czech Republic, Hungary or Austria.

First person to contact

Zuzana Bielikova, head of the Slovak Film Commission @ zuzana.bielikova@filmcommission.sk 

European status

Slovakia is a member of the European Union and participates in the Schengen Agreement. Its currency is the euro

Size Matters...

There are regular flights to Bratislava from cities across Europe. The mid and the north is mountainous (Carpathian Curve), while the lowlands are typical in the south and east. The Danube river connects to Vienna and Budapest.

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