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.
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A highly popular place for filming is the historic centre of Prague, with its examples of almost all architectural eras. Productions often use Prague as a stand-in for other European cities such as Paris, London or Vienna, where the required historic sights no longer exist.
The pristine nature of Czech Republic’s countryside consists of rolling hills, wide plains, mountains and forests, and it is easy to navigate. North of Prague lies an area we call ‘the Czech Switzerland’, where filmmakers can find highly unusual natural sandstone towers and ravines. They are so out of this world that the producers of Narnia chose to film there.
Czech Republic has the highest density of castles and chateaux in the world. All over the country diverse historic towns can be found, such as Český Krumlov, Kutná Hora, Žatec, Telč and many others. In the west of the country, the spa town of Karlovy Vary has an idyllic Belle Époque look, which you can admire in films like Casino Royale or Last Holiday.
The country has some impressive industrial architecture, too. The town of Ostrava, in particular, has some truly ominous, grim-looking locations – just take a look at the movie Babylon AD.
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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.
The first Czech film director and cinematographer Jan Kříženecký films short documentaries called “Newsreels”.
The first permanent cinema house is founded in Prague by Viktor Ponrepo.
Sound is first used in Czechoslovakia in the film “Když struny lkají” in 1930.
Barrandov Studios was 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.
The Czech movie industry experiences a boom period, interrupted only by World War II.