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Lithuania boosts filming incentive to 30%

Catherine the Great

Lithuania is boosting its formal filming incentive from 20% to 30% of eligible local spending from January 2019.

Over the past four years, two dozen international movies have benefitted from Lithuania’s filming incentive support, with foreign spending in the country reaching just under €25m in that time.

To qualify for the incentive, producers must spend at least €43,000 locally and 80% of overall costs must be incurred in the country. 

In addition to the percentage boost, the incentive programme has been extended through to 2023.

Recent high-profile international shoots in the country have included the BBC’s War and Peace and an upcoming drama based on the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The Chernobyl drama wrapped in September after a 20-week shoot and is the first series to be made as part of a $250m co-production deal between Sky and HBO.

Catherine the Great is another product of the Sky/HBO deal and wrapped earlier this month after filming in Lithuania, Latvia and Russia. Helen Mirren (pictured) stars as the iconic 18th century Russian ruler in a four-part series that was supported by Baltic Film Services.    

The incentive increase will boost Lithuania’s production profile in a part of Europe where the pressure is building to attract more international shoots. 

Indeed, neighbouring Poland is in the process of approving its own 30% filming incentive to complement the support already available on the local level from its network of regional film offices.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Lithuania.

Main page image: KR. Catherine the Great image: HBO/Sky