Austria is an attractive location for international film productions - from James Bond to Mission Impossible to Bollywood, there is a wide range of international Projects, that have been shot in Austria. With the new Repaid System, starting on 1st January 2023, you can even get 35% repaid when you are deciding to shoot in Austria!
After all, it's not only necessary to set up the best conditions for the shooting itself, but also to know and be able to fulfil the wishes and needs of international film crews. The sooner we are involved in the project, the faster we are able to find the perfect solution regarding financing and production. We have been gathering experience for decades, Wolfgang Ritzberger was already working on the sets of major international productions 40 years ago.
Austria as a film location offers a complete technical infrastructure that meets worldwide standards. Professional equipment such as film and video cameras, lighting, tracks, dollies, cranes, motion control and sound equipment are available for rental, as are all the necessary post-production services. Trained and experienced personnel are available for all sectors.
Austria's creative professionals have always kept pace with the rapid technical developments of recent years or have even been ahead of the rest of the world in some areas.
As one of the largest theatre and cultural cities, Vienna offers enormous resources for sets, costumes and props. The range of large and smaller costume and prop rental companies and the scenic designers, costume designers, interior and exterior prop makers working in Austria covers every style and every era. All internationally used brands and special products for special effects are also available in the area of make-up.
The international theatre and film scene also provides access to a pool of internationally experienced and multilingual - especially English and French speaking - actors and actresses as well as extras.
Austria offers you:
- Extraordinary Locations
- Mountains & Glaciers
- Castles & palaces
- Villages & alpine huts
- Historical and contemporary architecture
- Landscapes and much more
- Financial incentives
- FISA - Film Location Austria
- National & regional funding opportunities
- VAT refund
- Modern infrastructure
- 5-star hotels up to extreme locations
- Central location and short distances
- Good accessibility
- Perfectly developed road network
- Snow guaranteed (glacier regions)
- Low logistics costs
- High quality of life and safety
- Low crime rate
- Social security
- Good health care
- Rich cultural and leisure facilities
- Attractive business location
- Political and social stability
- Competitive framework conditions
- EU membership
- Competitive costs
- Cost of living in the European midfield
- Vienna cheaper than e.g. London or Paris
- The total production costs of the project must amount to at least EUR 4 million for feature films and at least EUR 500,000 for documentaries.
- Feature films must provide evidence of at least EUR 200,000 and documentaries at least EUR 80,000 in eligible production costs.
- In addition, feature films must provide evidence of at least five actual shooting days in Austria. This does not apply to animated films and animated films.
- International productions shall be intended and suitable for international cinema exploitation. The intended commercial exploitation must be credibly demonstrated. The applicant must ensure that a final version of the funded film is produced in German. For the mandatory language version of the film, a subtitled version in an official language of the EEA is sufficient.
- The applicant for funding must contribute to the financing of the project with a personal share which may not be financed by public funds. The own contribution must be appropriate to the scope of the project and the applicant's possibilities. The own contribution may be made from the applicant's own funds, from funds provided to the applicant as a loan or from assessed own work.
- No other federal public funding may be used for international productions. Cumulation with public funds of the provinces is permissible, unless this is excluded under other applicable guidelines. The sum of all subsidies for the same eligible costs may not exceed the established maximum subsidy ceilings pursuant to Articles 53 and 54 GBER (cumulation of subsidies).
- A total of up to 20 percent of the funds available annually may be used for the promotion of international productions.