Monday, 5 October 2020

Shooting of "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" Starts in Dubrovnik

ZAGREB, October 5, 2020 - The shooting of the film titled "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent", starring Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal, starts in Dubrovnik on Monday, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) has said.

This is the ninth project to apply for the incentive programme for filming in Croatia in a year when film production in the entire world has come to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The shooting of the film, directed by Tom Gormican and produced by Lionsgate, will last for 15 days. In the Croatian part of the project, 412 film workers are involved, including 97 Croatian citizens, and there will be about 300 Croatian extras.

The planned spending of foreign investors for 10 projects this year exceeds HRK 100 million, said HAVC director Chris Marcich.

He recalled that audiovisual industry in Croatia had resumed its activities in May, under epidemiological measures, and primarily for domestic productions.

Croatia has thus been recognised in the world as a safe location for filming. With the borders reopening, intensive preparations have started for the return of foreign productions, said Marcich.

The service production company for "The Unbearable Weigth of Massive Talent" is the Dubrovnik-based Ambasada Studio company of producer Erika Milutin Diller (Embassy Films).

 

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Sunday, 27 September 2020

The Islander Sequel Returns to Croatia's Famous Filming Destination Dubrovnik

September 27, 2020 - Croatia's famous filming destination Dubrovnik is back in the movie spotlight as filming for The Islander sequel returned to the Adriatic pearl. 

Although Croatia recorded a much weaker tourist season this year, it has opened up new old opportunities in the country's southern coast as Dubrovnik is again the backdrop for a film!

Namely, science fiction is being filmed on its walls, on Porporela, below Pile, and on the old city streets. It gathered hundreds of extras and kept Dubrovnik hotels open. But the filming is nowhere near over, and Dubrovnik is expecting Hollywood stars this autumn as well.

The American-Croatian production - The Islander 2, will turn Dubrovnik into the fictional city of Argos, reports RTL.

"It’s a sequel to a film we shot in 2018. It's a science fiction film set in apocalyptic times," said Matthew Zamias, the producer.

"We have a nice family story that is put between a grandfather and a grandson where a grandson saves the world," said Neb Chupin, the lead producer.

About 80 members of the film crew and almost two hundred extras filmed the last scene at one of Dubrovnik's most beautiful locations. They managed to get the best out of the pandemic.

"Because there are no tourists, and it is easier to access some locations and shoot them as we see them. That is the most favorable thing about that, and the rest, of course, for the staff and people who work on the film," said producer Tomislav Tepsic.

"Everything is going according to plan. The city is fantastic. I mean, out of all the fantastic locations in Europe, this is one of the best," said director Domagoj Mazuran.

Dubrovnik actors also combined business with pleasure.

"It’s like half-holiday, half business environment. I love working here, the weather is really nice, and I love it. The film is progressing well," said Marco Ilso, the leading actor.

It is also good for Dubrovnik's late summer season because this team is keeping the doors of one hotel open.

"We've had about a thousand overnight stays. There were about 55 of them who came, went, and stayed here," said Tom Zovko, general manager of the hotel in Dubrovnik.

There is no rest this autumn, either, as the old ramparts will again become a filming backdrop. 

"The new film production starts in ten days, with two extremely big Hollywood stars. We are also expecting the filming of another HBO series," said Mato Frankovic, mayor of Dubrovnik.

The return of film crews this year could also bring new tourists to Dubrovnik next season.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Croatia Filming Locations Are Best Again As Succession Bags 7 Emmys

September 23, 2020 – Following incredible success with Game Of Thrones, Mamma Mia and others, Croatia filming locations prove to be the best again as HBO's Succession wins 7 Emmys

Historic Dubrovnik was always pretty enough to attract people from far and wide. Dubrovnik has a lot of sights to visit. In addition, it offers many activities such as hiking, cycling, sailing, boat ride, Seabob experience etc. But, following its appearance in TV show Game Of Thrones, interest in visiting the walled city went through the roof. Tourists were not the only ones who wanted to come.

HBO drama Succession is just the latest hit to take advantage of the spectacular scenery while filming in Croatia. The show has just bagged no less than seven prestigious Emmy awards for the season partially filmed in Croatia. In the drama series category, it picked up Emmys for Best Leading Male Role, Best Guest Role, Best Casting, Best Directing, Best Screenplay and Best Picture Editing.

10_02_succession_s02-sept20-hbo.jpgCast members filmed aboard a yacht with beautiful Croatia and its Adriatic waters as the backdrop © HBO

The shooting took place over 12 days in July 2019, primarily on a yacht on which the show's central characters, the Roy family, were taking a holiday. The Croatia filming locations used were the waters around Cavtat, Korcula, Mljet and Sipan. The series ventured into more urban areas of Croatia and, for those scenes, filming locations in Zagreb and Rijeka were sourced. The German-built Solandge was the yacht used in the filming and costs as much as $1.1million (£850,000) to rent for one week.

19690220-7610097-Finale_The_second_season_of_Succession_came_to_a_close_on_Sunday-a-69_1571931109237.jpgThe Roy family aboard the yacht Solandge in Croatian waters © HBO

Now in its third season, Succession centres on the dysfunctional Roy family, owners of a global media and hospitality empire. It stars British actor Brian Cox as the ailing family patriarch with Kieran Culkin heading up the otherwise all-American cast. A total of 613 people worked on the shooting of Succession in Croatia, of which 595 were Croatian (161 film workers, three trainees and 431 extras).

20139614-7610097-image-a-72_1571931767347.jpgSolandge is currently one of the most luxurious yachts in the world © Moran Yachts

In recent years, major movies such as Star Wars, Robin Hood and one installment in the long-running James Bond series have joined the likes of Game Of Thrones and Mamma Mia in enjoying Croatia filming locations. However, filming in Croatia goes back much further than that. During the 1970s and early 1980s, no less than three Oscar-winning movies used Croatia filming locations - Fiddler on the Roof (1971), The Tin Drum (1979) and Sophie’s Choice (1982).

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

VIDEO: Film About Croatian Filming Locations Wins 4 Awards at 3 Festivals

Whenever someone talks about filming in Croatia, Game of Thrones (GoT) comes to most people's minds instantly. While the hit series saw Croatia put at the top of the ''must visit'' lists of many film and TV buffs, there are far more Croatian filming locations to be discovered and celebrated than that.

As Morski writes on the 16th of June, 2020, the promotional film called Croatia Your Next Filming Destination won second place in the "Region International" category back in March this year at the 20th edition of the prestigious Golden City Gate festival. It is a festival held during the ITB tourist fair in Berlin, Germany, but unfortunately the fair and the award ceremony weren't held as normal due to the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.

''We're extremely proud of the success of the film by which we're promoting Croatian filming locations and additionally position Croatia as an attractive country on the map of world production centres. Despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has stopped the production momentum across the world and in our country too, we're pleased that, due to the good epidemiological situation, our country is perceived in international production circles as a safe country to start film production,'' said CNTB Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that according to information from HAVC, the delayed filming of foreign projects in Croatia is expected to start at the end of the summer, while the filming of Croatian projects started last week, with the recommended precautions firmly in place and properly adhered to.

''This award from Berlin is a great success if we take into account the fact that the competition included films from all over the world and from famous international destinations, and they were judged by as many as 45 members of a jury made up of numerous professions. The festival awards films in eighteen categories, and the best are chosen by an international jury made up of representatives from various sectors - from business people to artists. Each international award makes us especially happy and puts a spring in our step, and since Croatian films have been submitted to several other festivals, we're looking forward to the results of the autumn festivals,'' said the screenwriter and producer of the film, Spomenka Saraga.

It's worth adding that the promotional film Croatia Your Next Filming Destination, in addition to winning silver in Berlin, recently won two gold awards at the prestigious American festival The Telly Awards, which was held for the 41st time this year, while at the Riga International Film Festival in Latvia, the film which showcases amazing Croatian filming locations won the main award upon the jury's choice.

Good trends on the Croatian filming scene have also been firmly confirmed by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, which says that the interest of foreign producers in filming in Croatia is really good, especially for locations on the coast, but also for "undiscovered" locations in Knin, Glina, Obrovac, Zir and Petrova gora, as well as in already very well-known locations such as Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Trogir, Pag and Zagreb.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Coca-Cola Filming UEFA Euro 2020 Commercial in Croatia

Coca-Cola is filming a commercial in Croatia in the run up to Euro 2020, and some handsome earnings are on offer for extras.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 19th of February, 2020, the fact Istria and Pula have definitely confirmed their status as interesting film and marketing locations has been confirmed by the filming of an advertisement for one of the world's most famous beverages - Coca-Cola, which will be shot in locations in Pula next month, between March the 10th and the 12th, according to Glas Istre.

The entire production of this commercial in Croatia is led by Bas Production, which is already heavily involved in the project. The casting for extras will take place on February the 20th, and then again on Friday, February the 21st, from 10:00 to 13:30 and then from 15:30 to 19:00 (on both days) at the Forum Restaurant on the city square of the same name.

The organisers of the commercial in Croatia are looking for men and women between the ages of 20 and 45, of various looks, a woman over 65, and a middle-aged or older gentleman who is bald and with a mustache, with a Mediterranean appearance and a distinct personality. The organisers point out that it is advisable for the casting to be attended by people from Pula and Istria. This doesn't by any means mean that persons from faraway places cannot participate, but they should bear in mind that travel expenses for casting and filming aren't covered, nor are overnight stays or the use of accommodation during filming guaranteed by the production.

Those wishing to participate in the casting must register with their first and last name and indicate which day and at which time they wish to arrive at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Selected extras should be available for costume rehearsal (March the 6th or 7th) and for recording for three days (March the 10th, 11th, and 12th).

As for the fees, this is a standard fee of around 250 kuna net per day of recording. For extras with roles, however, it is slightly higher, around 750 kuna net per day of shooting. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who wants to see themselves on the big or small screen. It's also a free advertisement for Pula, which will be seen around the world in the midst of the most visible sporting event of the year.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Šibenik-Knin County Financing Film About General Ante Gotovina

Ante Gotovina is much more than just a household name like that of an actor or a singer. This hero of the Homeland War was proclaimed innocent at The Hague and released back in 2012. He returned to Croatia and embarked on a normal life before becoming somewhat of an entrepreneur. Thesedays, Gotovina no longer dons a general's uniform, but instead deals in the raising of tuna through his own company.

As Gotovina enjoys the quiet life now, the stories of his heroic past in the face of war have never faded, and a film about him is set to be filmed with Šibenik-Knin County's very welcome financial support.

As Morski writes on the 28th of May, 2019, Šibenik-Knin County Prefect Goran Pauk has signed a co-financing contract for a feature film and the "General" TV series.

"This contract stipulates that Šibenik-Knin County is obliged to provide financial support in the amount of 100,000 kuna to the project of a feature-length film and drama television series called "General'', by the screenwriter and director Antun Vrdoljak in the production of Kiklop filma d.o.o. and Croatian Television,'' reads a quote from Šibenik-Knin County.

In the explanation, it is argued that the theme of the film and TV series is the Homeland War, to which Croatian cinematography still owes a lot, given the historical achievement of the creation of the democratic and independent Republic of Croatia, the fulfillment of a centuries-old dream of the Croatian people.

The film and TV series covers the the war and the life of General Ante Gotovina and his generation of Croatian defenders, detailing both the good times and the extremely bad ones.

"Most of all, because of those who have given us and all future generations the liberty that we've inherited today, the Croatian Defense Forces," they argue in their clarification of their decision to fund the film on Gotovina's life and deeds.

To briefly recall, filming was completed in Šibenik on January the 30th this year, and Šibenik native Goran Višnjić plays General Ante Gotovina.

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Unforgettable Croatia Agency Offers Trip to Croatia for GoT Game Winner

Think you can predict the ending of GoT? Let the Unforgettable Croatia agency know!

If one thing has put Croatia on the map more than anything else for film and TV buffs, its the hit Game of Thrones series which has taken the world by storm, leading to countless visits to the many Croatian filming sites, particularly those in Dalmatia's southernmost city of Dubrovnik, which plays Kings Landing in the series, as well as Split.

While the Game of Thrones hysteria has been met with both positive and negative conclusions from residents of popular cities like Dubrovnik and Split, there is no doubt that economically speaking, Croatia has benefited beyond belief.

As Lider writes on the 19th of April, 2019, the British-American agency Unforgettable Croatia has announced a competition in which the task is to guess the ending of the wildly popular Game of Thrones (GoT) series and the reward for the one who manages to decifer the unfolding of the series' events will be rewarded with a trip to no less than GoT heaven - Croatia. So far, more than 5,000 people have sent Unforgettable Croatia their thoughts about who will take the throne at the end of the hit series.

The winner will be awarded a tourist-style tour of the various locations where the popular series was filmed across Croatia, more specifically Dalmatia, including Split, Klis, Hvar, Vis and Dubrovnik. Game of Thrones took off like few could have ever imagined, and the promotion that brought to Croatia was and remains unquantifiable. The first episode of the final season alone, which broadcast on Sunday attracted a record 11.8 million viewers.

Graham Carter, the owner of the British-American Unforgettable Croatia agency which launched the this GoT inspired competition, had his business in mind, which would further flourish by increasing the overall interest in travelling to Croatia. Every year, this agency brings about 5,000 passengers travel to Croatia, and they're hoping to increase that figure to 6,500 next year, as Carter revealed for Večernji list. Carter is currently residing in Split, where he is trying to establish a Croatian office for his the Unforgettable Croatia agency.

The winner of Unforgettable Croatia's competition will be offered half-board accommodation for a seven-day trip for two to Croatia, a tour of the Game of Thrones sites accompanied by a professional guide, and a visit to Hvar and Vis by sea. But there is, of course, a catch - the winner will not win the airplane tickets for travel, and they'll need to foot the bill for that themselves. 

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Dubrovnik-Neretva County Promo Film Wins Award in New York

Dubrovnik is no stranger to winning awards and you're probably used to reading about it, but this area in the extreme south of Dalmatia continues to fascinate the world for an abundance of reasons. From its stunning natural beauty and crystal clear sea, to its rich history and equally impressive culture, the Pearl of the Adriatic and its immediate surrounding area just keep on making the world's jaws drop.

This time however, it isn't just the famous Dalmatian UNESCO protected old city and its mighty walls which are taking home yet another award for a promotional film made about its unique beauty, but the wider area of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. This truly picturesque part of southern Croatia boasts an almost equal amount of natural beauty and history, and from Ston to Konavle next to the Montenegrin border, you'll likely have your breath taken away multiple times.

As Morski writes on the 11th of April, 2019, the brand new promotional film from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, ''Dubrovnik Riviera'' continues to win awards and receive recognition from all sides. To be more precise, at the 2019 New York Festivals® International Film and TV awards festival, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the promo film showcasing Dubrovnik-Neretva County's sheer beauty came third place and won the bronze plaquette.

To briefly recall, at the recent ''The Golden City Gate'' ceremony in Berlin, Germany, at the biggest international ITB World Tourism Fair, the promotional film came second place in the category of regional films, the film has been made by Balduci Film from Zagreb, was directed by Herve Tirmarche and produced by Spomenka Saraga. The film depicts the beauty of Dubrovnik-Neretva County from the Neretva valley, to the islands of Korčula and Mljet, and then Croatia's southernmost municipality of Konavle, which borders Montenegro.

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Monday, 1 April 2019

Film about Vis Takes Home Main Award at Florence Film Festival

The stunning Croatian island of Vis takes to the screens as a film which showcases its sheer beauty rightfully wins big in Florence.

As Morski writes on the 1st of April, 2019, the film by Italian director Nicola Bongiorna "The Lions of Vis" won over both the public and panel in Florence, Italy, with a warm story about the Croatian island of Vis, its inhabitants, history, maritime heritage, fishermen, divers, and, above all, its story of love and respect for the sea.

"The Lions of Vis" (I Leoni di Lissa) won the main prize at the Florence Archeofilm Festival. Nicola Bongiorna's film describes the step by step process of a huge search under the sea for the wreck of a sunken Italian vessel - the Re d 'Italia ship from 1866, which sank with its 400 crew members.

The words of an Italian journalist, "The film isn't a historical story of the battle, but a story told through the astonishing beauty of the archipelago that speaks to the soul of the viewer, a film about the transparency of the sea that connects, and doesn't separate the people".

Some sequences of films from as far back as the 1930s and a film from the 1960s from the island of Vis were introduced, which the director used to reconstruct life on the island. Bongiorna also co-operated with prof. Josip Bozanić, who specialises in linguistics, and the film goes on to reveal many similar and even identical linguistic expressions used by people on both sides of the Adriatic coast.

Recalling the success of the film, the Italian media write that "the beauty of Dalmatia is borderless, and the islands are magical".

Nicola dedicated the film to no less than his own father, Mike, a renowned Italian TV quiz host, who taught him what it meant to fall in love with the sea.

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Click here for the original articles by Pokret otoka (Island movement) and Slobodna Dalmacija

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Filming of ''Maslenica 93'' Liberation Action Film to Begin This Autumn

When looking at Croatia now, the tourist Mecca busy recording arrivals and overnight stays each year, doggedly determined to beat last year's numbers, the war torn former Yugoslav republic seems like centuries ago. The reality however is that the Homeland War is recent in the minds of many, and as Croatia moves forward, it would do well to remember those who have not yet managed to. At the very least, they should be honoured in all ways possible, a new film on Maslenica 93 will do just that.

As Morski writes on the 22nd of January, 2019, the victorious Croatian army troops who bravely participated in Operation Maslenica will have their first feature film about the first major liberation operation completed by the Croatian armed forces during the Homeland War. The recording of the film, directed by Ivona Juka, should begin this autumn.

Confirmation of the filming of the film about Maslenica was confirmed to Radio Zadar by Anita Juka, who pointed out that no feature film about a military operation that was a significant milestone in the Homeland War has yet been recorded.

''So far, we've talked to more than ninety Croatian defenders, and Danijel Kotlar was the starting point for us and the key to our relationship with other defenders who participated in the action. What attracted us especially to the story of Maselnica is the fact that it was a victorious battle, and in Croatia there have been several quality films about the war, but Croats had always lost in them. It seems to us that time has finally come to film a film that deals with a victorious battle,'' Juka added.

She confirmed that the film director would be her sister Ivona Juka, and that the start of shooting is scheduled for September this year.

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