Austria is encouraging foreign productions to bring their shoots to the country. The incentive goes up to 25% of the eligible production costs for feature films and documentaries.
To be eligible for service productions, the total production costs of a fiction film should be at least EUR 4 million, while the minimum spend in Austria should be EUR 400,000.
The productions should pass the cultural test, which consists of four main categories: cultural content, film professionals, production criteria, and exploitation.
The film incentive program is called FISA (Film Industry Support Austria), and it runs under Austria's Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs. They make the final decision on who gets the grant, while the whole process is managed by the so called Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws) and Location Austria--The National Film Commission.
Payment normally happens in two instalments: 30% at the start of the production and 70% after reviewing the final costs.
Please don't hesitate to share your plans with us so we can help you to understand if your production is eligible for the subsidy!
The country’s main attractions are not just the wonderful cities and towns but also its majestic natural beauties.
Austria is the best choice for those who are looking for amazing natural beauty or well-maintained, classic European architecture.
The capital, Vienna, was the center of Europe’s biggest empire in the 19th Century, and it still preserves the old imperial touch with its buildings and streets. The state of Austria puts huge effort toward maintaining the most beautiful historic buildings, such as the old emperors' palace, the Hofburg; or one of the world’s biggest baroque libraries - the Austrian National Library. At the same time, Vienna puts emphasis on the modern face of the city. In recent decades, a brave, state-of-the art architecture has left its fingerprint on Vienna and created a new atmosphere.
Besides Vienna and the friendly mountain villages, Salzburg’s baroque old town and its natural surroundings evoke the heart-warming world of the famous musical The Sound of Music and the age of Mozart.
These are all very unique features of Austria, but the country’s nature is just simply breathtaking. Crystal-clear lakes and rivers, fabulous snow-capped mountains with spectacular mountain roads, lush green meadows, and pinewoods. All of them are very easily accessible, as the country’s infrastructure is one of the best in Europe. This is also true for the marvellous ski resorts in the Alps. Some of them are available all year long, so a campaign requiring snowy mountains in the summer is still easily doable. Many Hollywood productions choose Austria for its snowy mountains.
Austria has a very positive approach to film and photo productions, and the state is very open to foreign productions--not just for feature films and documentaries but for commercials as well.
Regarding production facilities and crews, Austria pretty much relies on its international background, depending on which part of the country we shoot in. There are local crews and providers like Arri Rental, but Budapest, Munich, and Prague also provide critical resources. To keep Austria an affordable shooting destination, PSN services it from a branch office in Vienna that is supported by neighboring Hungary. This enables PSN to support international shoots with a cost-effective balance.
Senior Producer, Trailer Park (United States).