Since January 2016, Estonia provides the most generous incentive in the Baltic States - a cash rebate fund for foreign film companies using Estonia as a location for their production. Support can be applied for full-length feature films, high-end TV series, animation and animation series, documentaries, and post-production services.
The amount of aid is calculated as a percentage of the spending in Estonia (up to 30%) and paid out retrospectively after all the expenses are audited. The maximum grant can be applied if the film production uses Estonian- based filmmakers, actors, and other production crew. It can also be applied for if the story is Estonian and / or set in Estonia.
Estonian Film Institute also has a Co-Production fund which is allocated for Estonian producers for an international full-length feature film, long documentary film, or animation. The co-production support allocated by Estonian Film Institute shall be spent on economic activity in Estonia.
There are also a few regional Film Funds to attract more filmmakers to a respective region in Estonia.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information, or send us a project you would like to produce in Estonia with us, either as a Production Service or as a Co-Production.
This 2015 production showcases our capacity to service film productions in Finland as well as the Baltic states. Costs were contained by maximizing what could be accomplished in Estonia and even using crew from the Baltics to work in Finland. If shot today, this production would qualify for additional savings through the Estonia cash rebate enacted in 2016. In total, there were 13 shoot days at 16 locations in Estonia as compared with 3 in Finland, where filming took place during 3 days.
South Korean crew numbering 40 as well as 5 talent – no visas required – worked alongside 15 local crew, 4 supporting talent, and 20 extras to tell the story.
Title: Film- A Man and a Woman (2016) - Director: Yoon- Ki Lee - Production Company: Bom Film Productions (South Korea) - Producer: Dong-ha Lee - Production Service: Allfilm - Location: Helsinki, Finland; and Tallinn, Estonia
Pille Rünk is Managing Director and producer at the PSN Baltics Partner – one of the most active and vibrant production and service houses of the region – operating from its base in Tallin, Estonia since 1995. As a company partner, Pille’s producing experience has ranged from production service to international co-production of feature films and creative documentaries. Read more...
Producer, President of the Board. PROFILM Ltd POLAND.