CZECH REPUBLIC - THE LAND OF FILMS
Hollywood and Bollywood companies love shooting in the Czech Republic! Besides authentic historical locations we offer truly professional production facilities and crews. Every year, the world-famous Karlovy Vary International Film Festival welcomes some of the biggest film stars like Leonardo DiCaprio or Morgan Freeman.
Shooting in the Czech Republic - TOP 10 REASONS WHY IT'S A GREAT IDEA
The Czech Film Commission presents 10 reasons why international productions love shooting in the Czech Republic. The mission of The Czech Film Commission is to provide consultation, guidance and contacts for international filmmakers, televisions and video production companies.
Production valueCzech locations, facilities, crews and advantageous exchange rates offer outstanding production value. What’s more, the Czech Republic is conveniently nestled in the heart of Europe, which makes shooting films here pretty convenient for everyone.
Film infrastructurePrague has state-of-the-art equipment, adaptable backlots and more than 450,000 square feet of stages close to downtown. Czech post-production facilities use high-end industry technologies to deliver award-winning effects for film, commercials and music videos.
Capacity of the industryThe Czech Republic has enough studio space, equipment and crew to handle multiple productions of various sizes at the same time. Abundant locations, stages of all sizes and world-class post facilities are ready for film production.
Skilled creativesCzech crews have fulfilled the visions of some of today’s most demanding production designers. Our skilled and creative crews have immense resources at their disposal. Superbly crafted Czech sets, costumes, vehicles and weapons for all historical periods offer limitless options and considerable savings.
Production incentivesInternational film and TV productions can qualify for cash rebates of up to 20 % of their local spending, plus additional rebates for international cast and crew. Since the rebate was introduced in 2010, it has supported more than 185 film and TV projects and given out CZK 2.5 billion.
Fun place to spend your day offPrague is one of the most frequently visited destinations in Europe, with stunning historical landmarks, museums, and musical venues. Its restaurants, hotels and nightlife will please even the most demanding VIPs. And if you wish for a quick getaway, there are numerous daily flights to all major European cities.
Best practiceThe Czech filmmaking industry has been shooting films since filmmaking began. Thanks to the enormous amount of film work done in recent years, the Czech film industry has integrated the most up-to-date production technologies and standards through its many highly-experienced production companies.
Easy come, easy stayCitizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, EU and the European Economic Area member states do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic. Visitors from these countries can stay in the Czech Republic for up to three months within a half-year without a residency permit.
A variety of locationsBroad diversity, easily accessible locations and the possibility to shoot in four distinct seasons are just a few of the reasons why filmmakers keep returning to the Czech Republic. Our varied historic architecture has enabled our city to double for Paris, London and pretty much any other European city.
Filming permitsThere is no central authority which issues filming permits at the national level in the Czech Republic. Film permits are issued by municipal authorities and other local administrative bodies. Fees, deadlines and other requirements vary, depending on the location. Filmmakers shooting on private property must also deal directly with the property owners.
History of Filmmaking
1890’sFirst Czech film directorThe first Czech film director and cinematographer Jan Kříženecký films short documentaries called "Newsreels".
1907Permanent cinemaThe first permanent cinema house is founded in Prague by Viktor Ponrepo.
1930 Sound in filmSound is first used in Czechoslovakia in the film “Když struny lkají" in 1930.
1933 Foundation of Barrandov StudiosBarrandov Studios is founded in Prague - it is the largest film studio in the country and one of the largest in Europe. Today the studios are often dubbed "European Hollywood"
or "Hollywood of the East" due to the increasing interest of western productions.
World War II Boom in Czech cinemaThe Czech movie industry experiences a boom period, interrupted only by World War II.