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Situated amid unique scenery with high peaks and rolling hills, Austria’s southernmost province, Carinthia, offers an impressive region for filming, with more than 1,000 crystal-clear lakes and a gentle, fascinating mountain world on the sunny, southern side of the Alps. Carinthia borders the states of Salzburg, Styria and East Tyrol. Moreover, it shares a 170 km border with Slovenia and a 109 km border with Italy. The southern flair and uniqueness of the Alps-Adriatic region, at the fascinating intersection of three cultures, are visible in the culture and architecture. Carinthia gets the most sunshine hours per year, making it a great destination for filming.

Few regions in Europe match the rugged beauty of Carinthia, and you’ll find that travelling through it is often a serpentine journey into valleys and natural conduits. Carinthia can also, at times, seem larger than life with its spectacularly high peaks, gouged valleys, glistening lakes and the flamboyant show of opulence in the capital, Klagenfurt.

Carinthia’s deep medieval heritage is another attraction – celebrated in picturesque walled villages such as Friesach and Gmünd, and impressive castles such as the hilltop fortress of Hochosterwitz. Many of the towns and villages nestled in Carinthia’s rolling hills hold an annual summer festival, with roving performers coming from neighbouring Italy and Slovenia to take part alongside the locals.


Carinthia has a continental climate, with hot and moderately wet summers and long harsh winters. The average amount of sunshine hours is the highest in Austria. In autumn and winter, temperature inversion often dominates the climate, characterised by air stillness, a dense fog covering the frosty valleys and trapping pollution to form smog, while mild sunny weather is recorded higher up in the foothills and mountains.

The Carinthia Film Commission (CFC) has been instructed to provide film funding on behalf of the province of Carinthia, and is available to filmmakers as an advisory organisation. A maximum of 20 per cent of the total fundable production costs can be availed. This funding can be cumulative with funding from other (Austrian or foreign) funding bodies. It should be borne in mind that the proportion of the fundable production costs that is funded from all public resources must not exceed 50 per cent. For cross-border productions financed by more than one member state and involving producers from more than one member state, the total proportion of the production costs funded by public resources can amount to up to 60 per cent of the fundable production budget.

From the aspect of displaying the cultural and regional variety of Europe, with the new focus of its film funding, the province of Carinthia is primarily pursuing the objective of funding cinema and television productions in which the regional culture and the existing creative potential are expressed as cultural products. A further aim is to expand Carinthia as a film location, in the hope of making a contribution towards enhancing the market share of European films, as well as to the positive development of the economy and to increasing employment.

These guidelines thus regulate on one hand the objectives and tasks of the CFC, and on the other hand, the procedure for granting film funding in the following three areas:

  • Project Development
  • Production
  • Distribution and Promotion


A production counts as a co-production when it comprises financial, technical and artistic contributions from different producers. One of the production partners must be eligible to apply. The artistic and technical contribution of the production partners must correspond to his/her financial contribution.

In the case of co-productions, the granting of funding in accordance with these guidelines may – insofar as this is necessary for the project in question due to the provisions of the other funding institutions – be associated with requirements in the funding agreement that:

  • the revenues from all forms of exploitation are divided between the production partners according to their financial involvement.
  • in the event of exploitation regions and territories being delineated, the market size and market value of the film in question are taken into account.
  • the production partners have amicably regulated the world distribution
  • the distribution agreements provide for the option of termination.
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