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!
To shoot with Oscar-winning living legend Julie Andrews is a memory to last a lifetime. Particularly when it happens in the most beautiful and probably the most famous filming locations in Austria. The entire crew was mesmerized listening to her memories about the legendary film, The Sound of Music.
As all revolved around our star talent, VIP treatment and remote data management of this 3-camera shoot in 4K were top considerations managed by a crew of 20 from Austria as well as neighbouring Hungary to achieve some cost savings.
'Both individually and collectively, you exceeded our highest hopes, combining professionalism, artistic imagination, practical speed, clarity of communication, and as much kindness and generosity of spirit as any producer could hope to find.' Steven Smith - Senior Producer, Trailer Park (Unites States)
Client: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment - Title: Sound of the City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg - Director: Steven Smith - DoP: Márton Vízkelety - Production Company: Trailer Park - Producer: Steven Smith, Lena Strothe - Production Service: Progressive Productions - Field Producers: Iván Gerő, Zoltán Haulis - Location: Salzburg, Austria
Senior Producer, Trailer Park (United States).