Film in Serbia
• NEW DECREE ON INCENTIVES INTRODUCES 30% CASH REBATE
NEW DECREE ON INCENTIVES INTRODUCES 30% CASH REBATE
NEW DECREE ON INCENTIVES INTRODUCES 30% CASH REBATE
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NEW DECREE ON INCENTIVES INTRODUCES 30% CASH REBATE

NEW DECREE ON INCENTIVES INTRODUCES 30% CASH REBATE

In order to encourage internationalization of the film industry and strengthen the position of Serbia for high-budget productions, the Ministry of Economy has introduced a higher rate of 30% cash rebate for feature films with minimum Serbian spend of 5.000.000 EUR. This decision became effective on August 10th, 2019.

The fourth year of the implementation of the Incentive Programme in Serbia was the most successful so far. In 2019 over 40 projects have already received funding from the incentives with call for projects being open all year round. The most prominent titles to receive Serbian cash rebate were Johnny Depp’s Minamata and Crawl, released in cinemas in July 2019.

This brings the total figures to over 150 supported projects since its inception in April 2016. The total level of attracted investments is expected to surpass 100 million by the end of 2019.

New Decree and other information regarding Incentives are updated on page INCENTIVES.

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NEW DECREE ON INCENTIVES INTRODUCES 30% CASH REBATE

In order to encourage internationalization of the film industry and strengthen the position of Serbia for high-budget productions, the Ministry of Economy has introd ...

SEAL Team Belgrade Shoot

SEAL Team Belgrade Shoot

The CBS Television Studios show, SEAL TEAM, will shoot 4 new episodes on location in Belgrade this Summer. Two of the episodes will open Season 3 and will actually be set in Belgrade. In other episodes, Belgrade will double for Paris and other parts of Europe.

The series follows Bravo Team, a unit of the US Navy’s elite Seal Team, as they plan and undertake dangerous missions worldwide. Its star is US actor, DAVID BOREANAZ, star of shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Slayer, FBI, and Bones. Boreanaz is also a producer of Seal Team and came to Belgrade for the shoot. The show is one of the most successful on US network television and Season 3 will premiere in October 2019.

The Seal Team production will be shooting on location in and around the city and working with a large crew of Serbian technicians and actors. In particular, local stars such as Nikola Kojo, Bojan Lazarov and Tamara Aleksić have key roles as guest stars in the episodes. The production is also working closely with Serbian police and Ministry of Defense as Serbian armed forces are featured in the episodes working in close collaboration and as a partner-force together with the Seal Unit. The Prime Minister’s office together with the Government, Serbia Film Commission and Mayor’s office have been instrumental in assisting the production and the shoot.

The show is highlighting the city of Belgrade as a modern international capital, full of culture and beauty, and with Serbian people playing positive roles. The show’s producers were drawn by great locations, the collaboration of the Serbian Government and the experience of local film professionals. The film incentive was also a key element in attracting CBS to shoot here.

The local production company is Balkanic Media who recently completed production of the television show, THE OUTPOST, in Serbia of which Season 2 was shot at PFI Studios and around Belgrade. This project, done for NBC Universal and CW Network, is currently playing on Sci Fi channel.

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SEAL Team Belgrade Shoot

The CBS Television Studios show, SEAL TEAM, will shoot 4 new episodes on location in Belgrade this Summer. Two of the episodes will open Season 3 and will actually be s ...

STUDENTS FROM ESCAPE STUDIOS IN CRATER VFX TRAINING CENTER

STUDENTS FROM ESCAPE STUDIOS IN CRATER VFX TRAINING CENTER

Summer internship programme traditionally organised by Crater Studio has got international participants this year. The partnership between Escape Studios and the Serbian VFX industry got three of London graduates to Crater in order to launch their careers in one of the most successful VFX studios and training centers in Eastern Europe. Escape graduates, together with 7 more interns from Serbia, got a chance to put all their skills into practice in a proper studio environment, meeting and working with a highly skilled team, who is always ready to help, share knowledge and give valuable feedback about any work aspect.

In the first month interns have been working on the non-commercial trailer for “Drava“ project, while during the second month of the internship they worked on commercial projects for real clients where main challenge was to work quickly due to tight deadlines. Working at the same pace as other professional artists have made all interns more productive as an artists. As one of the participants said, this internship has pushed them, not only as students stepping into the industry, but also personally. During these two months they made new friends, discovered new places, enjoyed Belgrade and Novi Sad culture and sport scene and even went on famous music festival EXIT.

Students also visited 3Lateral Studio in Novi Sad and especially enjoyed one-day trips with mentors on which they collected references in order to make more realistic 3D models of airplanes and ships they’ve been doing during the internship. 

Finally, Escape graduates have shared impressions about their internship experience in Belgrade on Pearson College London Blog. There you can read in details what Miguel, Sam and Maciej learned in Crater Studio, on which positions they did their internship, how they enjoyed time in Belgrade and Serbia and why they would always recommend Serbian VFX industry as perfect place for learning and starting career in CG, animation and gaming.

If you wish to launch your career in VFX or animation get in touch with us via training@filminserbia.com or school@craterstudio.com.

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STUDENTS FROM ESCAPE STUDIOS IN CRATER VFX TRAINING CENTER

Summer internship programme traditionally organised by Crater Studio ...

BELGRADE NOMINATED FOR OUTSTANDING LOCATION IN A COMMERCIAL BY LMGI

BELGRADE NOMINATED FOR OUTSTANDING LOCATION IN A COMMERCIAL BY LMGI

Los Angeles, July 19th, 2019 – The 6th LMGI Awards nominees are officially out and Serbia has been officially nominated in the category outstanding locations in a commercial thanks to the amazing work for Penny retail chain in the campaign “Organic Food For All”. Belgrade`s most famous sights and skyline have been invoked in a creative collaboration between director Martin Aamund and DP Julian Hohndorf, service produced by Serbian Emote Production in association with German Tony Petersen Film. This is the first time a project made on locations in Serbia has been nominated for this prestigious award in the world of locations alongside Nike’s Dream Crazy, National Geographic, Huawei and South India Bank shot in central Turkey. The full list of LMGI Award nominees includes HBO, Amazon and Netflix shows, films Roma, John Wick, Mission Impossible: Fallout…

This nomination is recognition to all crew members and Belgrade city government that offers easily-transformable and always fresh location. In this particular case, Belgrade’s Terazije and Student’s square play two dominant locations where all the action is packed. Rooftops of New Belgrade blocks and train bridge over Sava river got lavish greenery with set design in combination with CG extensions and done by Sehsucht. The final touch gave tender song of German pop icon Nena.

Production designer Tommy Stark and local production designer Sanela Spajić and their mutual team were in charge of making capital of Serbia more green, organic and blossom on screen. Over 400 extras participated just in the main scenes, and over one thousand people were involved in the entire project.

Serbia is the only country in this part of Europe that provides incentives for commercials and Penny was one of the 50 projects that benefited from 25% Cash Rebate in 2018. The list of premium brands, directors and clients Serbia has hosted is getting longer and this nomination is a milestone in Serbian long history of international film productions proving that Serbia takes the creative industries, including creative services very seriously. The Prime Minister Ana Brnabić has made creative industries development a key pillar of her government policy. She has personally championed the Serbia Film Incentive programme and it specifically includes television commercials – one of the few programmes internationally to do so –  in a commitment to provide exceptional support to the global TVC production sector.

 

Award ceremony will be held on Saturday evening, September 21, 2019 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

 

About LMGI Awards

The LMGI Awards spotlight international features, television and commercials in which the creative use of filming locations set the tone, enrich the character and enhance the narrative. The 2019 Eva Monley Award honoree is Oscar-nominated director, producer, screenwriter Peter Weir. The Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is Location Manager Michael J. Meehan, who has worked on over 38 movies and scouted more than 40 countries. Winners of additional awards will be revealed during the formal ceremony.

About LMGI

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) is an organization of experienced career professionals in the Motion Picture, Television, Commercial and Print production industries. LMGI members are dedicated to the establishment of professional standards of personal conduct, safety on the set and business ethics. They support the formation of strong links with business members, governmental agencies and local communities. The Guild promotes awareness of the goals and achievements of members to the general public and within the industry through creative, educational and philanthropic programs.

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BELGRADE NOMINATED FOR OUTSTANDING LOCATION IN A COMMERCIAL BY LMGI

Los Angeles, July 19th, 2019 - The 6th LMGI Awards nominees are officially out and Serbia has been officially nominated in the category outst ...

SFC AT SHANGHAI FILM MARKET

SFC AT SHANGHAI FILM MARKET

Serbia Film Commission together with Film Center Serbia attended for the first time the Shanghai Film Market from 16th to 19th June, organized as part of the European pavilion led by European Film Commission Network, and represented benefits of filming in Serbia to Chinese production companies. The meetings held with production companies from China showed great interest for shooting in Serbia – primarily due to the visa-free regime, attractive incentive programme and new locations. It is certain that this relationship will be further strengthened in the field of film and TV production given the announcement of new Sino-Serbian productions that are in development.

Beside SFC and FCS, as a national representatives, production company Vision Team from Belgrade has also participated in both Shanghai TV and Film Markets. During the past year and this one, Vision Team has serviced the production of popular TV series “Lion’s Reflection of the Laying Cat” and famous Chinese writer Chen Danyan documentary about Belgrade titled “Where the Sava Flows” with highly expected upcoming premiere. Cooperation between Chinese and Serbian productions has also been established in the field of VFX, through Crater Studio participation in the production of visual effects for the film “Airpocalypse”.

A special short edition of film industry capacities Serbia for Chinese market is available in Production Guide to Filming in Serbia on this link.

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SFC AT SHANGHAI FILM MARKET

Serbia Film Commission together with Film Center Serbia attended for the first time the Shanghai Film Mark ...

New Production Guide

New Production Guide

Serbia Film Commission has launched new edition of the Production Guide for 2019 available in digital and hard copy. This Production Guide provides an overview of some of the latest projects shot on location with insights from international professionals across the industry spectrum about the experience of filming in Serbia. Extensive attention is dedicated to the 25% cash rebate that proved to be the one of the most efficient procedures in Europe.

We focused on projects that are currently being shot or whose shooting was brought to an end in 2018 and 2019, such as the sequels of highly successful series – the BBC’s MC Mafia and The Outpost, commercials for Penny retail chain and ING Direct, as well as films made for Indian and Chinese markets, to whom successful cooperation with Serbian production companies is dedicated a whole chapter of this guide. We also presented many projects made by Serbian visual effects artists who launched our VFX industry into the world orbit, since it is currently experiencing quite rapid expansion. You will be able to read the interviews with Georgette Turner, a location manager who explained her special impression about one location in Belgrade, VFX supervisor Victor Perez, who talked about working with domestic VFX artists, Indian producer Siva Ananth, who shared his impressions about Novi Sad, and Dean Devlin from Electric Entertainment who reveals all the benefits of shooting in Serbia and why the second season of The Outpost is being shot in PFI studios. We put the light on some new

In addition to the production companies that are members of SFC, rentals and studios, we put the light on some unknown “film friendly” locations which are impatiently waiting for some new film crews. Through conversations with Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister for creative industries and tourism Ana Ilić, auditor Nebojša Stanković and Nevena Janković from Samardžić, Oreški & Grbović law office, we made more clear topics such as residence and working permits for foreign film crews, creative industries development and application procedure for incentives, and discovered future plans for further enhance of the incentive program and empowerment of the film industry, among other instruments, through platform Serbia Creates, pointing out the support it intends to provide to domestic creatives.

 

3Lateral becomes Epic

3Lateral becomes Epic

Leading developer of digital humans technology and creative content has joined with Epic in an acquisition that will bring significantly increased investment in the 3Lateral team’s efforts.

It has been officially reported that the two companies’ acquisition has taken place following the news of Epic’s $1,25 billion new investment round that happened end of 2018. Epic and 3Lateral share a track record of groundbreaking Unreal Engine-based collaborations, including the animated short “A Boy and His Kite,” real-time performance capture and moviemaking in “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice,” and the photorealistic, real-time “Siren” and “Digital Andy Serkis” demonstrations.

The Serbia-based team will continue supporting game industry, film, and television partners under 3Lateral brand while working to advance the state of the art in Unreal Engine’s support for virtual humans and creatures. Vladimir Mastilović will lead Epic’s worldwide digital humans efforts. Prosperous for more than 15 years in empowering innovative technologies for creation of digital life and expanding the number of employees each year, this was a strategic move for 3Lateral where their tech development plans align perfectly with Epic Games and their vision of the future.

“Creating digital humans requires deep understanding of every aspect of our appearance and motion, both of which portray our inner self and tell stories around us. We read all these visual cues with great precision as instinct to analyze an image of another human being is deeply embedded in our DNA”, said Vladimir Mastilović, founder and director of 3Lateral. “Observing, analyzing and reconstructing these mechanisms has always fascinated us at 3Lateral, and we are excited to have joined a like-minded team at Epic Games with such strong desire to solve this near impossible problem”.

3Lateral team will continue to support all of its partners and Epic’s new presence in Serbia will serve as a base for recruiting technical and creative talent in the region, turning the headquarters in Novi Sad into one of leading R&D centers.

“Real-time 3D experiences are reshaping the entire entertainment industry, and digital human technology is at the forefront. Fortnite shows that 200,000,000 people can experience a 3D world together. Reaching the next level requires capturing, personalizing, and conveying individual human faces and emotions”, said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games.

The vision of virtual production and future of their user base was one of the main topics during the recent CGA Belgrade Conference where Vladimir Mastilović and Unreal’s Ben Lumsden shared the floor in a panel conversation with Mike Seymour.

This ground-breaking news for Serbian creative industry and tech companies is yet another proof of the high-performance talent base that has been increasingly reaching global status and country’s efforts in incentivizing creative industry environment.

About Epic Games

Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic’s Unreal Engine technology, which brings high-fidelity, interactive experiences to PC, console, mobile, AR, VR and the Web, is freely available at unrealengine.com. The Epic Games Store offers a handpicked library of games, available at epicgames.com.

Follow @epicgamesinc for updates.

About 3Lateral

3Lateral is built around passion for creating characters and creatures. It gathers diverse people in an industry that has to marry seemingly incompatible skills – rebellious artistry and disciplined engineering practices. This is exactly the type of fusion of skills, and finding inspiration in the opposite character, excites and surprises us. This is where magic, the fundamental force that drives all animators, happens and makes us confident in the path we see to our visions.

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3Lateral becomes Epic

Leading developer of digital humans technology and creative content has joined with Epic in an acquisition that will bring significantly increased investment in the 3Latera ...

Serbia Increases Incentives Budget for 2019

Serbia Increases Incentives Budget for 2019

The introduction of 25% cash rebate for film has been crucial game change of the decade for Serbian film industry. The programme has benefited over 100 projects since the launch in 2016 and it success is continuing with Serbian Government determination to support creative industries.

Since 65 projects benefitted from Serbian cash rebate programme in 2018, almost double the number to 2017, the Ministry of Economy has decided to continue incentivising projects in the upcoming year with additional 100 million RSD. This makes the total budget available in 2019 go up to €7,5 million ($8,6 million). Simultaneously the increase in the national funding for domestic and co-productions under the Ministry of Culture and Film Center Serbia to €9 million, represents significant investment in two very strong mechanisms for the film production and audiovisual sector in Serbia.

The extremely active year has seen the total of 11 feature films including “The White Crow” directed by Ralph Fiennes, “Anna” by Luc Besson and “Intrigo: Death of an Autor” by Daniel Alfredson, creator of Millennium Trilogy. The numbers show that total value of production spend in Serbia due to incentives amounts to €35,3 million.

Serbia is also one of handful countries in the world to offer cash rebate to advertising and special purpose projects. In previous year it was applied to 40 projects. Those that top the value are campaigns for X-BOX Game Pass and Penny retail chain which demonstrated strong creative and production support by Serbian advertising and service companies.

Due to the no visa regime introduced for India and China, Serbia is being rediscovered by these two big markets. “Belgrade Escape” was the first Chinese feature to benefit from incentives and returning Indian productions that shot 3 films including award-winning director Mani Ratnam, “Crimson Red Sky” and rising star Vicky Kaushal in “URI: Surgical Strike”. All mayor film centers in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore experienced shooting in Serbia with over 100 shooting days in the past 12 months.

Locations juiced up with local talents and growing film infrastructure, Serbia has demonstrated the ability to double the face of almost every European capital city through its many incarnations on screen. Globally, filmmakers are showing interest in brutalist, dystopian locations like the New Belgrade. The (in)famous “blocks” are inevitable checkpoint on any filmmakers scouting list. And for whatever you can’t find in real locations Serbian production designers are ready to build in studio or digitally create in the well-established visual effects and CG industry.

With announcements of € 50 million investment in Avala Studios Serbia is making its way to more competitive infrastructure and services to other countries in Balkans and Southern Europe.

Serbia Film Commission continues to follow its mission, for further questions how to access incentives meet us at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

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Serbia Increases Incentives Budget for 2019

The introduction of 25% cash rebate for film has been crucial game change of the decade for Serbian film industry. The programme has benefited over 100 projects since the launch in 2016 and it succ ...

The box offices success of “URI: The Surgical Strike”

The box offices success of “URI: The Surgical Strike”

Indian blockbuster “URI: The Surgical Strike“ is on the run for smashing the box office in the opening of 2019, having earned $ 15,000,000 in India, in only seven days after the premiere on January 11th, while at the same time ticket sales in cinemas in America, Canada and Australia have reached about $ 2 million. 

This will be one of the most successful projects produced by “RSVP Movies”, owned by Ronnie Screwala and shot in partnership with Clockwork Film Production in Serbia, during July and August 2018. Shooting lasted for 41 day, with more than 300 crew members and about 700 extras from every part of Serbia. URI is debut film of talented director Aditya Dhar, who also penned the script inspired by the real military event from September 2016 when the Indian soldiers in the URI base in Kashmir experienced a terrorist attack by Pakistani extremists and had 19 Indian soldiers killed.

Numerous attractive locations throughout the country and most specifically Old Mountain (Stara Planina) deserve the nickname “Serbian Kashmir”, since the director, originally born in Kashmir, was quite surprised by the incredible similarity of Serbian, still not so touristy explored mountain, and the famous Indian region. This was the second time Indian film productions used slopes of Old Mountain for Kashmir.

Production of this film demanded enormous effort regarding production design, stunts and SFX. The production designers once again confirmed their talent and professionalism. Sets made throughout Serbia managed to represent URI bases in Kashmir, Myanmar as the backdrop for Pakistani terrorist bases. This would be impossible without great support of local government and institutions to the film crew. Clockwork Film Production owes its greatest gratitude to the Army of Serbia and the Ministry of Defense, which once again demonstrated its expertise and readiness to cooperate with foreign film producers at any time. This is the third foreign film that was filmed at Batajnica military airport, and one of the locations of this film include the military barracks “General Pavle Jurišić Šturm”, in Požarevac, where the production team spent 15 days.

The cast, warmly welcomed by critics, lead Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Kirthi Kulhari, Paresh Rawal and Mohit Raina. While shooting URI, Clockwork Production hosted the most diverse acting and stuntmen crew from Thailand, Indochina, the Netherlands, France, Malaysia, Sri Lanka that made the working experience truly global.

Belgrade reimagined as Green City

Belgrade reimagined as Green City

Belgrade locations have been incarnated as Paris, Moscow, Rome, Barcelona, Baltimore, Stockholm among many other cities through hundreds of commercials and features. In collaboration between German Serviceplan, Tony Petersen Film and Serbian Emote the new commercial for German retail chain Penny brings a new very organic and highly inspiring face of Serbian Capital.

Campaign aims to raise awareness of organic products and features stunning set design works in combination with CG and VFX done by Liga01 / Sehsucht. The chant song of the video is led by German queen of pop Nena who’s visit to Serbian capital draw attention of small number of paparazzi.

Four days of shooting included the very heart of Belgrade downtown, famous New Belgrade “blocks” ending in the final scene of lavishly green train bridge over Sava river. Director Martin Aamund and DoP Julian Hohndorf with sort of a trademark in shooting massive scenes, inhabited over 400 extras in the main scene making it over one thousand extras in the entire project. The number of people in all departments spanned between 150-200 on each day which is a rare case for a TVC and there were doubts that Belgrade can pull it off, but Emote did it.

“This was the most ambitious project that we have ever completed in the city downtown due to the fact that a lot of greenery you see is real set dressing. The main kudos for this go to production designer Tommy Stark and local production designer Sanela Spajić and their mutual team. Liga 01 /Sehsucht than added some of CG magic in the establishing shots, inspiring us to see Belgrade in the new eyes”, says Marija Marković who line produced TVC on behalf of Emote Belgrade.

This is one of the more than 50 TVC that has benefited from 25 % Cash Rebate.

The abundant scenery and number of details in this TVC is such that we only hope to see more spin offs and inside stories. In the meantime enjoy the full video and behind the scenes gallery.

Agency:  Serviceplan Campaign

Client: PENNY

Production: Tony Petersen Film GmbH

Exec. Producer: Volker Steinmetz

Director: Martin Aamund

DoP: Julian Hohndorf

Director of Sound: Thomas Martin

Audio Production:  Jesper Gadeberg / Sizzer

Post Production / VFX: Liga01 / Sehsucht

 

Service Production: Emote

Exec. Producer SRB: Bogdan Petković

Line producer SRB: Marija Marković

Production Designer SRB: Sanela Spajić

Location Manager: Kristina Marković