Croatia offers percentage-based reimbursements to international producers of feature films, documentaries, animation, TV features, and TV series that are produced completely or partially in the country. Commercial productions are not eligible.
The benefit is based on the cost of Croatian tax residents (cast and crew) working in Croatia, as well as goods and services purchased in Croatia.
The Croatian Cultural/Qualifying Test comprises three categories, including the use of European cultural content; creative collaboration ? with Croatians or Europeans in leading roles and the crew; and the use of Croatian production capacities, such as studios or locations. To be eligible, the project has to score 12 out of 34 points, granted that at least 4 points are scored in each category.
You can earn back up to 20% of the qualifying local expenditure.
Croatia, where is it? Thanks to 1,500 years of Croatian culture we Croats like to think of ourselves as relatively well known (at least in Europe). Nevertheless, the question is among the most common we hear from foreign producers when we first meet.
Croatia joined the European Union last year. Bordering Hungary, Italy, and countries of the former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro), Croatia’s territory is fortunate to span some 90% of the East Adriatic Sea coast.
Croatia offers all possible filming locations within a few hours of each other.
Plains, fields, oak woods, and wetland landscape are located in the eastern part of the country. The urban center features Austro-Hungarian architecture reminiscent of Vienna or Budapest with many medieval walls and castles.
Moving westward you’ll find high mountain ranges, lakes, pine forests, and the sea. Stretching south are more than 600 km of coastline and more than 1,000 islands with beautiful beaches, bays, and port towns with Mediterranean architecture.
Croatia has a long tradition in the film industry, and the country offers a tax rebate for foreign film productions. Crews here have worked on Hollywood productions dating back to the 1950’s.
The Croatian capital of Zagreb is where camera, grip, and lighting rentals, as well as production teams, are stationed. Good transport links minimize the distance between different locations.
The standard working day is 12 hours, there are no union film workers, overtime hours are not progressive, and all standard film equipment is available. Special equipment can be transported with minimal overhead costs from Austria or Germany.
A large number of sunny days throughout the year, the Mediterranean climate, and the ability to shoot in the coastal area almost throughout the calendar year make Croatia a very desirable destination for filming.