Slovenia has a stunning natural canvas that changes at every bend – from Alpine slopes to a Mediterranean coastline and even an underground wonderland
Slovenia is known for its unspoilt nature and accessible locations. It is a very small country that within a 2-hour drive, offers everything, from Alpine peaks to Mediterranean ambience, green meadows and rolling hills, Karst cave, Bled Island, pine forests, lakes, rivers and bubbling streams, vineyards, beaches, castles and palaces. The country is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the north-east, Croatia to the south and south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the south-west.
Slovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. The changing landscape is constantly surprising, time and again. You can have one eye on the sea, then look in the other direction and be surrounded by high mountains. Heading up into the forests, you can see the green plains below you. From upland meadows, your view stretches into river gorges. This proximity of opposites and contrasts is a hallmark of the country.
Small shoots that do not require any control of public space, such as handheld camera filming, do not require permits. Projects that require exclusive use of public space, such as controlling traffic, laying tracks, large lighting set-ups or pyrotechnics, require permits. Slovenia has a fast turnaround on permitting, with most permits processed within two or three days. Slovenia permits drone filming. Filming in national parks requires special permits.
The country lies in the heart of Europe, and if you want a taste of Eastern Europe without being too far from other popular European destinations, Slovenia is the perfect choice. This, plus its location, gives it a unique combination of Eastern European and Mediterranean vibes.
The collision of four major European geographical units has created a very invigorating landscape, much of it forested. The most mountainous region is the north, where the Alps begin. The Julian Alps and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps have many stunning and sharp peaks. The peaks of the Karavanke, the mountains bordering Austria, are gentler.
Much of the east of the country, between Ljubljana and Maribor, is uplands as are the areas west and south of the capital. There are gentler hills in the south-east and east, where the vine flourishes, while plains and basins populate the areas between the hills. The Ljubljana region lies in the largest basin. Slovenia also has a large plains area, as the east of the country is part of the Pannonian plain.
Slovenes also love their short but beautiful coastline, with a small Mediterranean town Piran as its pearl. Not only is the land surface very invigorating, there are also wonders underground: some of the country’s 9,000 karstic caves are among the most beautiful in the world.
Slovenia has a Mediterranean climate on the coast and a continental climate with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaus and valleys to the east. The Alps in the north are warm in summer and covered in snow in winter. July to August is peak season for tourists on the coast, so September to October is a better time to film if you want to lock down locations. November to February is peak season for tourists in the Alps.
All the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally in Slovenia. Some more specialised gear such as a variety of cranes, drones, car mounts and remote heads are also available. Anything additional can be easily brought in from nearby European production centres such as Prague, Munich and London.
Slovenia offers a 25-per cent cash rebate for foreign feature films, TV series and documentaries filming in Slovenia. TV commercials are not included in this offer. Visit the Slovenian Film Centre for more information.
The overall budget designated for the incentive is Euro 1 million, considerably less than other European incentive programmes. Production costs on accommodation, equipment rentals and other services will be covered by the rebate.
Slovenian Film Centre
The Slovenian Film Centre supports film production through an annual call for competitive tenders for the co-financing of film production. The Slovenian Film Centre also annually co-finances international co-productions in which a Slovenian producer is present as a minor producer.
Funds for production are available to legal entities registered for production activity in the territory of Slovenia. A producer not registered for this sphere of activity in Slovenia may do so in collaboration with a Slovenian co-producer.
Producers are welcomed and provided with logistical and technical support, and are assisted by people who understand the art and craft of filmmaking. The film centre assures assistance of attentive police and friendly local authorities, coupled with low production costs, replace bureaucratic obstacles, and above all friendly and helpful citizens of Slovenia.