Producing companies from around the planet are choosing Serbia when it comes to shooting location. This year, 2018, is the busiest so far for Serbian production. The reasons are plenty. The introduction to non-visa regimes and cash rebates up to 25% are making Serbia the new go to destination for filmmakers.
Among those most attracted by Serbia’s choices are movie makers from Bollywood — Indian filmmakers.
The recent premier of “Soorma,” a biographical drama of Sandeep Singh, brought to the silver screen some of Belgrade’s most iconic locations.
After successfully collaborating with Clockwork Film Production on “Into The Wild,” Mani Ratnam returned to Serbia for “Chekka Chivantha Vaanam,” a Tamil-language action thriller.
Movie makers have gone to Pozarevac and Old Mountain where they found great locations for shooting “Uri,” a Bollywood drama.
The recreation of the surgical strike carried out by Indian army troops faithfully show India’s territory and fills in nicely for Myanmar.
Stuntmen from Asia, Europe and Thailand worked with 600 extras on the film which is schedule for release in February 2019.
It’s not just locations and European looks which draw Indian production companies. The other contact of collaboration is the high end visual effects for blockbuster titles. Serbia’s VFX studios have been collaborating with India’s advertising marketing and have seen the doors open to new projects requiring high standards.
India isn’t the only one to recognize Serbia’s value.
Around the World In 80 Days
Pierce Brosnan spent much of 1989 filming “Around the World in 80 Days” which was primarily filmed in and around the Balkan nation — then a part of Yugoslavia. With diverse landscape and unbelievable architecture, Serbia stood in for 18 nations and Belgrade served as the backdrop for seven world cities.
From medieval castles to rugged mountains to modern urban-scapes, Serbia makes the cut in Hollywood. The nation’s renewed focus on international movie productions benefits several locals as well.
One, Andejelka Vlaisavljevic, is making her movies in her native country as a meticulous approach to win more big budget films.
The buzz around Serbia is not just the great crews and locations, but people can enjoy a great time working in Belgrade. The low expectations leave people pleasantly surprised.