Film in Serbia
• SERBIA JOINS LMGI WITH STEFAN TODOROVIC BECOMING FIRST LMGI MEMBER FROM THE BALKANS
SERBIA JOINS LMGI WITH STEFAN TODOROVIC BECOMING FIRST LMGI MEMBER FROM THE BALKANS
SERBIA JOINS LMGI WITH STEFAN TODOROVIC BECOMING FIRST LMGI MEMBER FROM THE BALKANS
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SERBIA JOINS LMGI WITH STEFAN TODOROVIC BECOMING FIRST LMGI MEMBER FROM THE BALKANS

SERBIA JOINS LMGI WITH STEFAN TODOROVIC BECOMING FIRST LMGI MEMBER FROM THE BALKANS

January 31, 2022

The continuous efforts in bringing new locations to the camera spotlight and expanding Film Friendly practices around the country have reached a new milestone with Serbia Film Commission joining the list of business partners of the Location Managers Guild International. At the same time location manager Stefan Todorović becomes the first associate member of the LMGI from the Balkans. His credits include two seasons of CW’s series The Outpost, Legendary’s upcoming The Machine and this year Sundance contender You won’t be alone alongside dozens of advertising projects shot all over Serbia. Stefan forged his location managers career on one of the most demanding scenes shot in Belgrade for the opening of the season four of CBS’s Seal Team.

SFC has been providing training for location managers and worked towards improving the conduct around public and private locations used by film productions. The latest result to that aim has been the introduction of the standardized location agreement that has become a recommended tool for all new and existing location owners and production companies. The collaboration with LMGI and its members will further enhance location practices and solidify role of the location managers in the booming Serbian film market.

“With over 4000 shooting days per year and increasing number of domestic productions the need for recognition of location professionals and code of conduct has become of paramount importance and we hope that with this milestone Serbia and capital Belgrade will continue to grow their international reputation among most desirable filming destinations in Europe.“ – says Milica Božanić, Executive Director of Serbia Film Commission.

The participation in the international guilds and promotion of film professionals internationally is essential to the vision of SFC and more news like this one are to be expected.

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SERBIA JOINS LMGI WITH STEFAN TODOROVIC BECOMING FIRST LMGI MEMBER FROM THE BALKANS

January 31, 2022

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DEAN DEVLIN PENS NEW DRAMA SERIES “THE ARK” SET TO SHOOT IN SERBIA

DEAN DEVLIN PENS NEW DRAMA SERIES “THE ARK” SET TO SHOOT IN SERBIA

January 25, 2022

Serbia’s reputation for sci-fi and fantasy is expanding with the new series The Ark. Devlin is writing the series, with him and Jonathan Glassner serving as co-showrunners and executive producers. The pair also worked together on the fantasy series “The Outpost” as executive producers. The show become a staple project for Serbian locations, onboarding local cast and creative team to deliver three seasons.

The series is set to shoot entirely in Serbia and takes place 100 years in the future when planetary colonization missions have begun as a necessity to help secure the survival of the human race. The first of these missions on a spacecraft known as Ark One encounters a catastrophic event causing massive destruction and loss of life. With more than a year left to go before reaching their target planet, a lack of life-sustaining supplies and loss of leadership, the remaining crew must become the best versions of themselves to stay on course and survive.

Devlin executive produces via Electric Entertainment along with Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan-Wilson. Jonathan English of Balkanic Media will be in charge of production in Serbia scheduled to begin in March at PFI Studios. Syfy has confirmed the order of first season with 12 episodes.

“We are delighted by the announcement which continues the production partnership between Electric Entertainment and Balkanic Media. The Ark will be the first Sci-Fi show to be produced in Serbia and it’s fantastic recognition for all the Serbian filmmakers and facilities, who will be part of this exciting new production. We are also thrilled to be bringing this new show to PFI Studios which has been home to The Outpost series and many of our other productions.” said Jonathan English of Balkanic Media.

After most recent Leverage: Redemption, The Ark will be fifth project completed in Serbia in partnership with Balkanic Media.

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DEAN DEVLIN PENS NEW DRAMA SERIES “THE ARK” SET TO SHOOT IN SERBIA

January 25, 2022

Serbia’s reputation for sci-fi and fantasy is expanding with the new series The Ark. Devlin is writing the series, with him and Jonath ...

TWO ALTBALAJI TV SERIES SHOT ON LOCATIONS IN SERBIA WITH CLOWORK FILM PRODUCTION SERVICING

TWO ALTBALAJI TV SERIES SHOT ON LOCATIONS IN SERBIA WITH CLOWORK FILM PRODUCTION SERVICING

December 23, 2021

After a series of Indian box office hits returning each year to locations in Serbia, Clockwork Film Production has brought one of the most dynamic VOD platforms AltBalaji to shoot two of their  upcoming TV series in Serbia.  

In March, Clockwork Films shot 24 days of “APRAHARN 2″ produced by famous Bollywood producer Tanvir Bookwala and “Ding Entertainment Pvt Ltd”. The acclaimed director Santosh Sing, along with very talented DOP Anubhav Bansal and Bollywood stars Arunoday Singh, Sukhmani Sadana, Snehil Mehra supported by more than 250 Serbian film crew members are behind the creation of this very action packed comedy-thriller. The story follows an ex-cop Rudra, being blackmailed by an undercover criminal gang in his high-stake battle for justice. Serbian actors Miona Marković, Jakov Jeftović and Ivan Jeftović made a brief and spicy appearance, trained for stunt scenes by the European stunt champions Serbian Stuntman Agency Team. “Apharan 2″ used the backdrop of Belgrade city center, Smederevo fortress, KPGT, the Museum of Aeronautics among other popular locations.

The producers came back in early October to start the pre-production of series “COLD MESS”. The executive producer of Cold mess, Ekta Kapoor, managing director and creative head of Balaji Telefilms Limited, visited the shoot. This very millennials-oriented series follows the intimacy and nature of today’s relationships between 2 young characters, Karan and Liz, with often comic misunderstandings. Directed by Prashant Bhagia the series features Barun Sobti and Ridhi Dogra, while Serbian cast included Srdjan Karanović, Djordje Kadijević, Tara Milutinović. Very talented Vladimir Ilic was the DOP on this project shot in Serbia during three weeks on locations  of Royal Palace, Madlenianum Opera and Theatre, Karadjordjeva street, emblematic Geca Kon bookstore in central pedestrian zone of Knez Mihailova street, and many other private properties.

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Apart from the two TV series Clockwork serviced a documentary How I Got Here for Discovery Channel Canada and large web commercial, engaging more than 800 Serbian film crew members, actors and extras to work across different projects. Three more action features are in pre-production set to be shot in the first half of 2022.

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TWO ALTBALAJI TV SERIES SHOT ON LOCATIONS IN SERBIA WITH CLOWORK FILM PRODUCTION SERVICING

December 23, 2021

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Sundance contender You Won’t Be Alone shot in Stara Planina

Sundance contender You Won’t Be Alone shot in Stara Planina

December 22, 2021

Supernatural horror thriller You Won’t Be Alone enters main competition at Sundance Film Festival with be world premiere announced for January 28, 2022 by official distributor Focus Features.  Directed and written by Goran Stolevski, Australian director born in Macedonia, the story sets in isolated mountain village in 1800s. The film stars an ensemble of European actors led by Noomi Rapace, BAFTA winner Anamaria Marinca and European Shooting Star Sara Klimoska (Milcho Manchevski’s Willow). Serbian actors Dobrila Stojnić, Đorđe Mišina and Đorđe Živadinović Grgur join the cast in supporting roles.

Producers of acclaimed Australian titles such as The Babadook and The Nightingale Kristina Ceyton and Sam Jennings (Cargo) joined forces with Jonathan English and Nataša Ivić on behalf of Serbian Balkanic Media to produce the feature entirely on pristine locations of Pokrevenik village and Stara Planina/Old Mountain.

The project scouted and taken into consideration over 100 villages across Serbia until the final location in Stara Planina was locked. Location manager Stefan Todorovic handled the locations that required house and stables repairs and road access. Over the period of 5 months entire production team made Stara Planina their home base shooting around mountain rivers and waterfall Tupavica. The support of the local villagers and administration demonstrated a case study of how film productions can improve infrastructure and make economic impact to rural areas. Stara Planina has been making its way as one of the favorite film locations with always new and refreshing corners to be discovered on camera.

Jonathan English of Balkanic Media comments, “Pokrevenik is a unique and exceptional place, with many old preserved homes and beautiful nature. We were exceptionally lucky to work with the president of the village, Mr Kostadinović and the families who live in Pokrevenik, who were incredibly welcoming and supportive of the film. As disruptive as any production can be, our goal was always to try and take an ecological approach and make the film with as light a foot-print as possible”.

The team behind camera had given opportunity for debut of fresh creative forces in art department with some 150 members of production guided by production company Balkanic Media, with Art Director Jovana Mihajlović, Set Decorator Mina Burić, Costume Designer Slađana Perić-Santrač.

The film was attracted to shooting in Serbia thanks to the incentives program of The Ministry of Culture and Information of the Government of Serbia that was successfully received as instrumental part of the financing.

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Sundance contender You Won’t Be Alone shot in Stara Planina

December 22, 2021

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Apply for CGAccelrator to boost your creative business

Apply for CGAccelrator to boost your creative business

December 7, 2021

CGAccelerator is new project run and designed by Serbia Film Commission to boost the skills in business and marketing of individuals leading creative businesses and studios. Creative industries are people’s business and therefore improving the understanding of business strategies on top of your creative work will enhance the ability to reach better clients and projects. CGAccelerator is initiated in partnership with Revthink and builds on the experiese of Tim Thompson and Joel Pilger who will personally lead you through an 8-week transformation.

This is an industry-specific programme focused on Serbian creative companies and studios providing services in design, motion graphics, visual effects, animation, creative production and sound design. If you are running a project based business with clients in film, TV, advertising, gaming or any other media subsector we want to learn more about your company portfolio and challenges that could be supported through this acceleration programme.

CGAccelerator is designed for companies that have strong motivation for growth in both turnover and creative quality of projects. It does not matter if you are operating in Serbian market only or already have an established international presence. The accelerator program will help you further carve your business skill set in positioning, marketing, leadership of creative teams and sales to take your business to the next level.

The accelerator programme will be fully executed online and in English. There is no application nor participation cost for selected beneficiaries.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for application – January 25th, 2022 APPLY HERE
  • Selection and notification to applicants – February 14th, 2022
  • Start of the accelerator – February 28th, 2022 

We strongly encourage participants of 35 and younger, small studios based outside of Belgrade and female led businesses to take this opportunity and apply for the programme.

Complete information regarding CGAccelerator programme is HERE.

The CGAccelerator is enabled thanks to the financial assistance from the US Embassy in Serbia. 

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Apply for CGAccelrator to boost your creative business

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SFC LAUNCHES BUSINESS SKILLS ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME UNDER CGA BELGRADE

SFC LAUNCHES BUSINESS SKILLS ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME UNDER CGA BELGRADE

November 9, 2021

CGA Belgrade is celebrating its 5th year of advancing the VFX, gaming, VR and digital arts community with this year’s theme – Embracing Metaversity, a university about the metaverse and a playground for creative minds and digital natives. We warmly invite you to  join your CG tribe for a two-day digital event on November 18th – 19th 2021. 

The conference will follow three content streamlines: artistic CGArts, educational CGAcademy, and for the first time, the content track called CGAlliance dedicated to those eager to hone their entrepreneurship skills in the world of computer graphics.

While CGArts programme track will feature some outstanding visual works, it will also take an insight into the change for creatives that NFT, virtual production and machine learning has brought. CGAcademy, curated by Crater Training Center, will offer new sessions presenting academic papers and a deep dive into metahuman technology.

For Registration and CGA Belgrade conference programme click HERE

We believe in investing in business skills to positively change the creative ecosystem and are proud to announce the CGAlliance programme that will feature talks and workshops on tools designed to support growth of creative companies in VFX, gaming, sound, design and audiovisual production. 

The highlight of the programme track will be the presentation “Stand out in the Sea of Sameness” from revolutionary thinkers Tim Thompson and Joel Pilger. If you dream of someday standing out and being respected as an expert in your creative domain, RevThink consultants will host a special workshop on November 20th and 21st teaching you how to properly — and successfully — position your creative business.

To register for the “Stand out in the sea of Sameness” 2 day workshop follow the link HERE.

The Workshop is designed for aspiring change-makers with practical, helpful, and realistic approaches to assist Serbian creative businesses in computer graphics and audiovisual production to accelerate their potential. The programme is made possible with the assistance of the US Embassy in Serbia.

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SFC LAUNCHES BUSINESS SKILLS ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME UNDER CGA BELGRADE

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New post-production facility 247HUB opens its doors

New post-production facility 247HUB opens its doors

May 27, 2021 

Brand new post-production facility 247HUB, located in Belgrade downtown opened its doors to high-end audio-visual projects end of 2020. This one-stop-shop offers services for all types of creative content and is already fully booked with incoming international projects as well as booming Serbian film industry.

The main feature of the 247HUB is color grading theatre powered by BaseLight with 4K Sony laser projector, Sony reference monitor, Stewart reference screen and Dolby 7.1.  Another smaller grading suite is equally powered by FilmLight and Sony. FilmLight Flux storage and rendering capacities are supported through Cisco network, up to 100GB/s, enabling high security and quick transfer of data.247HUB is in the final assessment phase of getting TPN certificate with goal of becoming a reference post production facility for Southeast Europe.

In addition to state-of-the-art technology platform, you will find a friendly team of highly skilled professionals led by senior colorists Miodrag Popović and Goran Todorić, who are also co-founders. 247HUB leads projects from initial idea to final delivery and their services extend beyond the studio lot in providing technical support for a variety of external processes including DIT. 

“Our hub represents a fusion of talent, experience and passion. We offer a complete package of services required to produce your high-quality audio-visual work. We believe that authors should be given the opportunity to express their creativity to the full extent and we strive to help them achieve their goal. We have one goal: to offer our clients world class post-production environment. Currently we are working on two major international projects – one being TV series and other a feature film”, says Nemanja Stanojević, coordinator of the hub.

247HUB has an ambition to not only provide commercial services, but also develop the talent pool and work with young artists in achieving uncompromising technical results. Partnership with Filmlight and their experts will guide establishment of the training programs for artists in color grading,which will permanently empower Serbian production capacities.

To experience VR Tour through 247HUB go on link.

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Legendary Entertainment’s THE MACHINE Begins Filming in Serbia

Legendary Entertainment’s THE MACHINE Begins Filming in Serbia

BELGRADE, RS – April 27, 2021 – Production is set to begin in May, on location in Serbia for Legendary Entertainment’s upcoming film, The Machine, starring popular US comedian Bert Kreischer, Jimmy Tatro (Home Economics) and iconic Star Wars alum, Mark Hamill. Based on true events, the film centers around the viral hit story Bert tells onstage about his experience on a class trip to Russia in the 1990s, where he befriended a gang of local mafia and ended up being coerced into helping rob a train. Set in the present day The Machine is the story of one man’s past finally catching up with him, and the ways in which the adventure that results forces him to confront his fractured relationship with his father. It finally answers the question: what if Eastern Promises was an action comedy?

The Machine will be produced and helmed by Emmy-winning filmmaker, Peter Atencio (Key & Peele, Keanu) and produced by Bert Kreischer, Legendary’s Cale Boyter and Levity’s Judi Marmel; executive produced by Philip Waley; associate produced by Jay Ashenfelter and co-produced by Jonathan English alongside Serbian production company, Balkanic Media (The Outpost, SEAL Team).  

The cast and crew recently arrived in Belgrade in high spirits, following Bert Kreischer and Mark Hamill’s humorous social posts marking their departure from the US (@HamillHimself and @BertKreischer).  Atencio added, “We are so grateful for the warm welcome and unparalleled support that we’ve received from the local community as well as the many Serbian film professionals that are also serving as members of the cast and crew. We are looking forward to a very successful shoot here in Belgrade.”

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, public access to The Machine film set will be highly restricted in compliance with film industry best-practices as well as local health and safety requirements. Media outlets, fans and members of the surrounding communities are asked do their best to support this artistic endeavor by respecting the boundaries set forth by production in an effort to keep everyone safe. 

The Machine marks Legendary Entertainment’s first film production in Serbia.

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Legendary Entertainment’s THE MACHINE Begins Filming in Serbia

BELGRADE, RS – April 27, 2021 – Production is set to begin in May, on location in Serbia for Legendary Entertainment's upcoming film, The Machine

No PCR tests for business visits to Serbia

No PCR tests for business visits to Serbia

January 26, 2021

As of 21 January 2021, business travelers to Serbia will be able to cross the border just by previously informing The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia. The Chamber will timely inform the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia in order to enable free border crossing. Requests should be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia at least 48 hours before entering Serbia via e-mail inocovid19@pks.rs with following information on the company memo:

 

  1. Name and surname of the person announcing his/her entry into Serbia for business reasons;
  2. Type and number of travel document, issuing country;
  3. A brief description of the business reasons for entering Serbia;
  4. Date and border crossing point of entry into Serbia, flight number and airline if the person is entering Serbia by air or registration number of passenger motor vehicle which will be used by the person when crossing a border crossing point with Serbia (when entering Serbia);
  5. The duration of the person’s stay in Serbia;
  6. The address at which the person intends to stay while in Serbia;
  7. The person’s contact phone and e-mail during his/her stay in Serbia.

After entering Serbia, business travelers will be obliged to submit a negative RT-PCR test or antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus detection to the Chamber of Commerce in the next 24 hours. List of reference laboratories in Serbia find HERE.

New procedures will not apply to those who arrive from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, and North Macedonia that are allowed to enter Serbia without a PCR test in compliance with the previous decision. This is not a mandatory, but an additional option which intends to facilitate and accelerate business visits to Serbia, including film productions and shootings. 

For more information visit the website of the Chamber of Commerce.

Crater Training Center receives Epic MegaGrant

Crater Training Center receives Epic MegaGrant

January 21st, 2021

The world leading company in interactive entertainment and 3D engine technology Epic Games has awarded Crater Training Center with a MegaGrant for a project aimed at education of higher education teaching staff, starting February 2021.

Crater Training Center has proudly announced the news of becoming a part of Epic Games journey towards expanded education in the field of 3D engine technology. The second recipient of Epic worldwide Mega Grant program in Serbia will support growing effort among higher educational institutions in Serbia to include interactive technologies in their curriculum. A specialized Unreal Engine course specifically designed for teachers in order to provide them with the right knowledge, corresponding teaching material and expertise in engine technology. The course has been developed with insights coming directly from the industry through consultations with companies such as 3lateral which is one of key development centers in Epic family.

Crater Training Center is known for bridging the gap between education and industry. The project  gathers 30 professors working at Universities and other institutions in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Zrenjanin and Niš, responsible for education between 1000 and 1500 students annually. Some of them include academic institutions such as Faculty of Technical SciencesUniversity of KragujevacAcademy of Arts in Novi Sad, University of Arts in BelgradeSchool of Electrical EngineeringTechnical faculty “Mihajlo Pupin” in Zrenjanin, Faculty of Organizational SciencesSchool of Electrical and Computer EngineeringMetropolitan University, among others.

In parallel to the programme designed for academic teachers, Unreal Engine Essentials course is added to the regular course list of Crater Training Center available for everyone wishing to get started in engine technology. The course provides an in-depth understanding of creating linear and interactive content in Unreal Engine 4. More information about the Mega grant project and course are available here.