We are enthusiastic to work jointly on international projects with artistic and commercial potential, providing comprehensive services to realize your vision and support, nurturing international talent.
Possibilities of financing from Croatia include the Croatian Audiovisual Centre’s scheme for minority international co-productions, the public television, as well as private sources. There are open calls throughout the year and numerous distributors seeking for projects with market potential in Croatia and abroad.
Selective co-production funding
Besides production incentive, a film project with international partners can also benefit from the selective minority co-production support.
Minority Co-production Scheme provides funding for projects outside Croatia, but with Croatian participation. This is a selective scheme, with projects assessed solely on their artistic merit by appointed artistic consultants. Films supported through this scheme must be able to qualify as official co-productions under either bilateral treaties or the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production. Croatian co-producers interested in this support scheme can apply for funding upon the Centre’s call for applications, which is an open call with four annual submission deadlines.
Eligibility criteria for selective co-production funding
- Fiction, documentary, and animation, both feature-length and shorts
- Croatian producer is involved as a creative collaborator and provider of a minority share of the financing needed
- 50% of the financing already in place
- At least 60% of the approved funding must be spent in Croatia, on Croatian services, cast and crew
- Croatian share of financing must be at least 10% of the overall production budget
- Participation of Croatian artistic and technical staff, depending on the co-production financing share
- An official co-production under either a bilateral treaty or the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production
Croatia is a signatory to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production and has bilateral co-production agreements with Canada, France, Germany and Italy. It is a member of the European Co-production Fund Eurimages and the EU Creative Europe Programme/MEDIA sub-programme.
With long stretches of coast overlooking the Adriatic Sea, much of Croatia has an authentic, Mediterranean look, with red-roofed houses and rustic villages. However, in-land is just as beautiful, with the traditional capital of Zagreb often used in historic productions, and lots of lush, green mountain scenery for outdoor shots.
Croatia is generally a pleasant, easy place to film, with hot summers and mild winters. In the mountains, you’ll get a lot of snow in the winter months, and the country is becoming popular for skiers. Therefore, it can be used as a backdrop for lots of different productions. Croatia often stands in for Mediterranean countries where it might be more expensive to film and is often used in historic dramas due to its old-world look.
The Incentive Programme
Financial incentive for Film and TV productions shooting in Croatia is available to international and local filmmakers in the form of a rebate of 25% on qualifying Croatian spending. An additional 5% is approved for productions filming in regions with below average development. The variety of filming locations, combined with high-quality local service providers and financial feasibility make Croatia one of the top destinations on the world’s filmmaking map.
The Incentive Programme is administered on a first-come, first-served basis. The rebate is calculated on the total qualifying expenditure, excluding the value added tax, and is paid directly to the applicant’s Croatian bank account. Qualified spend consists of the costs of goods and services purchased in Croatia and wages paid to Croatian tax residents (both cast and crew) for services carried out in Croatia.
Qualifying production formats:
- Feature film
- TV films and TV series
The Rebate does not apply to commercials, reality TV, game shows and soaps.