Adding An Italian Flavour

The region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a movie-maker’s dream – from sandy beaches to rocky mountains, it offers a variety of picture-perfect locations for a shoot… PiazzaUnità_1

Situated in the north-east of Italy and bordering Slovenia and Austria, Friuli–VeneziaGiulia is one of the 20 regions of Italy, and one of five autonomous regions with special statute. Friuli Venezia Giulia overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is surrounded by high mountains, enclosing many different landscapes. The impressive Carso plateau is formed by windswept rocks, and soil erosion has created a series of caves, hollows and resurgences. The vistas of the mountains are spectacular as well, in the Eastern Dolomites, the Carnia and the Julian Alps, with lakes, valleys and protected areas providing the perfect locations to shoot for films.

A natural gateway to the sea for a number of Central European countries, the region is traversed by major transport routes between the east and west of southern Europe. It encompasses the historical-geographical region of Friuli and a small portion of the historical area of Venezia Giulia – known in English as Julian March – each with its own distinct history, traditions and identity.

The history of this region has been shaped by its geographic, ethnic and cultural position as a frontier hub between central Europe to the north, the Slav regions to the east and the Italian Peninsula to the west and south. One of the oldest inhabited Italian regions, it is believed that the first humans lived here as far back in time as 20,000 years ago.

spilimbergoFrom its boundary with Veneto up to Mon Falcone, the coast is punctuated by lagoons edged with long sandy beaches, home to several tourist resorts. Up to Trieste the coast is rocky, which provides a range of locations. The great variety of landscapes matches a rich and variegated cultural heritage shaped by a complex history and by the confluence of different civilizations. For this reason, Friuli Venezia Giulia is like a small universe with many different worlds blending into an interesting whole, a land of contrasts.

The geographical position of Friuli-Venezia Giulia has always been a meeting point for peoples of different languages and cultures. Through history this has caused conflict and even war, the evidence of which is still visible in many sites of historical interest throughout the area. 

trieste Climate

The region is home to a wide variety of climates and landscapes, from the mild Mediterranean seasons in the south to the more extreme Alpine weather systems in the north. Friuli–Venezia Giulia has a temperate climate with the terrain’s diversity causing considerable variations from one section to the other. The wall formed by the Alps on its northern flank exposes the region to air masses from the east and west, which causes the fluctuations in temperature and precipitation. Along the coast the climate is mild and pleasant.

 Film Funding

OPTION 1: more than 24 days of filming in FVG, up to 2,00,000 euros, 150 percent expenditure in Friuli Venezia Giulia

OPTION 2: up to 24 days of filming in FVG, up to 70,000 euros, 150 percent expenditure in Friuli Venezia Giulia

The Film Fund provides for grants in cash to the productions filming in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Applications must be filed at least one day prior to the beginning of filming, with deadlines on February 28, June 30 or September 30. A technical committee will be selecting eligible projects every year by March 30, July 31 and October 31. The amount depends on the kind of project and the number of days of filming in FVG. The total grant will never amount to more than 50 per cent of the whole film budget. The expenses that can be claimed range from the living expenses including accommodation and food, rental of technical equipment, set design material, locations, offices or sets, catering, post-production, executive production and local temporary staff hire.


FVG Film Fund settles some grantee liabilities:

  1. a)At least 150 percent of the regional grant must be spent in the region itself, with the exception of crews and investment expenses
  2. b)
    Filming in the region must equal at least 50 per cent of the total filming of the cut, except for productions filming in the region for less than 25 days, and for serials of more than two episodes (in said cases, filming in the region must equal at least 10 per cent of the entire external filming of the cut).


Rohini Nag
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