Film Friendly Serbia is a program originally created by the Serbia Film Commission specifically to improve cooperation between the film industry and the public sector. The program essentially standardizes film permitting processes, rates and time frames and thereby improves the environment for all filmmakers working in Serbia.
It helps public bodies, government, various ministries, municipalities, public institutions that are in charge of managing filming locations and issuing film permits to build capacity as they provide highly professional and efficient support to the film and television industries. A set of criteria has been developed that participating organizations need to meet in order to be certified by the SFC as „film friendly“.
At the moment, 28 cities and municipalities are certified as „film friendly“, as well as the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Defence and Greenery Belgrade.
Serbian Film Association gathers together 89 members with a goal to promote Serbia and position it as an attractive and competitive destination for international film and TV projects and thus draw multi million euros worth foreign investments and employ thousands of people, both from the film sector and other economic sectors such as hotels and restaurants, transport, catering, construction industry, textile industry, as well as many crafts. Film Frendly Certification program, should be one of main factors for the development of Serbia as film destination. With a film production incentive program for which we waited such a long time and which the Government needs to approve in near future (based on Article 7 of the Cinematography Law, the official proposal was duly submitted to the Ministries of Finance and Economy, and Culture) the entire production capacity and infrastructure in Serbia will be given its full meaning, and FDIs in this sector may significantly increase.
Please see here a comprehensive guide for the development and certification of film friendly environment.
For more information or to get involved in the certification program, please contact SFA executive office at firstname.lastname@example.org or on tel. +381 11 40599 61.