According to foreign media reports, Croatia has become one of the most popular filming locations in the world, and 2021 may become one of the most active years. It is not just about writing foreign media, but simple statistics, so it was announced in May that as many as 20 foreign projects will be filmed in our country this year.
One of the projects is the spy series The Ipcress File produced by ITV Studios and Altitude Television, which will be filmed in Zagreb, Rijeka and Split from the end of April to mid-June. This is a very promising project. John Hodge (“training”, “Beach”) writes the script, and James Watkins (“Mike Mafia”, “Black Mirror”) will direct all six episodes.
“After an excellent experience with McMafia, we will return to Croatia to shoot the series The Ipcress File, which will be filmed by the same director. We will use Croatian locations again, which will replace up to seven different countries in the series,” Said series producer Paul Rich.
In addition, Netflix filmed part of the crime series Clark, the Swedes filmed the Hamilton series (shooting in more than 30 locations, some local actors will play smaller roles), and the British chose Opatija, Rovinj and Loveland. , In which they are filming their six-part series at Portofino Hotel.
“It turns out that Croatia is a very versatile country in terms of location, geographic diversity and architecture, and the experience of the team and local creatives has proved invaluable,” said executive producer Walter Luzzolino.
The Dutch-Belgium-Croatia co-production film “Crossover” was also filmed in the region during May and June. Although the store is located in Morocco and Spain, all the scenes were shot in Croatia, which is challenging in itself, but fortunately the home team made everything easier for foreigners, which was confirmed in the statement.
Tanja Ladović Blažević from Filming, Croatia, wrote that KFTV expects the industry to be fully operational this year: “Let us lay the foundation for future growth because the demand for premium content is growing and we are ready to meet it.”
All of this is an upgrade of the past few years, in which we also hosted some strong overseas productions. For example, Lionsgate completed the shooting of Nicholas Cage’s new film “The Weight of Unbearable Talents” last year, which was filmed near Dubrovnik with just over 400 team members.
In the pre-pandemic period, Croatia’s location found the romantic drama “Happiness” (Amazon Studios and Endgame Entertainment) with Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson, the critically acclaimed HBO series, and collaboration with Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson. The sequel to Salma Hayek’s action comedy “The Killer’s Wife’s Bodyguard”, featuring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Croatia is beautifully shot. The staff are great and they don’t waste time on nonsense. The technicians are talented and they have no problems. They only provide solutions,” Matt Otu, producer of the killer’s wife’s bodyguard Er said that most of the shots were taken in Rovinj.
“We almost closed the entire city. The dream of cooperation between the shopkeeper and the authorities came true. It helped us get what we needed. We also filmed some demanding action scenes. We filmed in Zagreb. Great experience,” O’Toole added.
From blockbusters to hit shows, Croatia has managed to restore its former status and once again attracted productions from all over the world. From the incentives for filmmakers, through talented and dedicated local teams, to locations that can meet various types of needs; from historically intertwined influences to natural beauty and rich cultural and historical heritage, Croatia seems to have foreign film productions Everything people are looking for.