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Croatia Calling

Made up of more than a thousand islands, the Eastern European country offers filmmakers locations from an era gone by

Croatia is a country that is blessed by nature, with a remarkable history that will be remembered through the ages. This country of many islands sits poised with pristine organic nature, and its lakes change colour from blue, grey and green. Croatia is decorated with clusters of Gothic and Renaissance taste that makes it a prized visit for time travel. For example, the ruins of the Pula Arena amphitheatre will give you a chance to experience how the French royals, who flocked here, watched gladiators fight.

CLIMATE

Croatia has two climates — one along the coastline and the other in the interiors of the country. Summers in Croatia are consistent with hot, dry and sunny weather which is appropriate for beach lovers. The best time to visit is during the summer months of July and August with temperatures rising up to 24 degrees Celsius in the month of August. Winter is generally cooler and starts from the month of January and extends up to March with temperatures dipping between 3 degrees and -2 degrees Celsius.

PLACES TO VISIT

Dubrovnik

Located in the southern part of Croatia, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is popular because of its eternal history and immortal architecture. There is no doubt why HBO chose Croatia as their shooting location for Game of Thrones. Do not miss the experience of walking along the limestone pavements at Stradun, one of the main streets of the Dubrovnik old town. Sunrise and sunset are also great times to visit as it is at these times that the beauty of the medieval limestone pavements is enhanced. Dubrovnik has many cafes and restaurants that make excellent settings for shoots as well. If you want to experience a panoramic view of the culture of this city in one single day then you better not miss out the Feast of Saint Blaise in the month of January and February.

Diocletian’s Palace

Ever wondered how it would be if you were a member of the military in the medieval era? The Diocletian Palace is less a palace and more open ground ruins built in the crossroads of a military camp. Some even say that it is the most incomplete palace of the Roman period. The inside of the palace is a maze of houses with balconies, vibrant shops and people. You can also climb the iron railings which lead you to the top of the tower. Do not miss the view from the top.

Pula Arena

It is a marvel of ancient engineering of the Roman era built in the first century and is regarded as one of the sixth largest amphitheatres in the world. The limestone walls of the Arena stand erect and strong. It was once home to gladiator fights and festivals and now hosts various musical concerts and theatrical events.

Korkula

Korkula Island offers lush blue aquatic views of the sea. Comfortable ferry services are available to the island. The island gets its name from the dense forest it hosts. If you are looking out for a more secluded location, then you can journey to the villages and towns that dot the island. The best time to visit Korkula is during summer since the many towns host festivities, dances, music concerts, etc. One of the main events is the Moreska dance which normally takes place twice a week in the month of June and September.

Rohinj

This is one of the most remarkable spots located in the north of Croatia. It is a perfect cityscape for sports lovers. It is one of the stunning Adriatic port cities which is perfectly in sync with nature and the culture of Rohinj. It has a vibrant night life and offers boat rides and fishing in the harbour.

PRODUCTION INCENTIVES

Film production incentives in Croatia were introduced in 2012. A film rebate of 20 per cent is offered to international filmmakers on qualifying Croatian spend.

Feature films, documentaries, TV dramas and animations are the type of projects that qualify for the production formats. On the other hand, reality TV shows, game shows and TV soap operas do not qualify for the rebate.

This incentive is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The rebate is calculated on the total qualifying expenditure that does not include: value added tax and is paid directly to a local applicant’s Croatian bank account. Qualified spend consists of the cost of goods and services purchased in Croatia (both cast and crew) and for services carried out in Croatia.

Applicants must be a Croatian producer, co-producer or service provider who produced or provided production services for publicly shown audiovisual work within the last three years. The complete application must be sent to the centre at least 30 days prior to the principal photography. The applicant must provide the following proof:

At least 70 per cent of the finance should cover Croatian production cost

They should pass the cultural test, scoring a minimum of 12 points, out of a maximum of 34

Cast and crew must consist of at least 30 per cent national citizens for productions filming partially in Croatia or 50 per cent for productions filming entirely in Croatia

This scheme is only valid until 31 December 2019.

The Audiovisual industry in Croatia

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre is a government agency that is responsible for supporting film productions in Croatia. Its sole purpose is to enhance the domestic industry. This agency serves: production, distribution, exhibition, marketing and promotion.

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre supports international feature films and co-productions with minority Croatian participation: feature-length fiction, documentaries and animation, as well as fiction, animation and experimental shorts. The call for applications for this scheme is an open call with decisions taken on a quarterly basis. Also available are Television Development Funds supporting quality television series, serials and single projects.

In the past four years, a total of 27 productions benefited that originated from countries such as the US, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and India.

Visa Requirement

A valid passport is required for travel to Croatia. Indian citizens visiting Croatia do not need visas for temporary tourist and business trips up to 90 days but do need a visa for stays exceeding 90 days. Foreign citizens must register themselves with the Croatian police immediately upon arrival.

Getting There

There are connecting flights such as Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Air France that fly to Zagreb via Istanbul, Doha, Paris and Dubai, respectively. Departure timings are generally between 2:00 am to 4:00 am. There are airport buses to the main city which are parked outside the main arrival terminal at Zagreb Airport.

Hotel

Hotel Dubrovnik

Gajeva ul.1, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Phone: +385 1 4863 555

Rooms Tiban

Mikulčićeva ul. 15, 10410, Velika Gorica, Croatia

Phone: +385 91 794 4903

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