Location guide for filming in Albania


Overview

Albania has a total area of 28,750 square kilometers. Its coastline is 362 kilometres long and stretches on the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea. The lowlands of the west face the Adriatic Sea.  70% of the country is mountainous and often inaccessible. The highest mountain is Korab situated in the district of Dibra, reaching up to 2,753 metres. The country has a continental climate at its high altitude regions with cold winters and hot summers.

Besides the capital city of Tirana,  the principal cities are Durrës, Elbasan, Shkodër, Gjirokastër, Vlorë, Korçë and Kukës. Recent administrations have improved the country's infrastructure and opened competition in seaports, railroads, telecommunications, electricity generation, natural gas distribution and airports. Tourism in Albania is a large industry and is growing rapidly. Notable attractions include the ancient sites of Apollonia, Butrinti, and Krujë. Albania's coastline is popular due to its relatively unspoiled nature and its beaches..

Recent Productions

 Tirana was  the shooting location of "Monte Dajti", an Italian movie production by "Caviar Produzioni". The  author and director is Mr.Carmine Fornari , director of photography Mr. Felice De Maria , and producer Antonio Fusco.

The movie from James Bond series "For Your Eyes Only" was shooting in Albania,on Albanian-Greek border,

Permits

No extraordinary rules or restrictions apply. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach.

Tax breaks / incentives

For foreign commercials and features do no exist at present

Studios

 None exist at present.

Locations

Albania is best known for its well preserved Ottoman cities, archaeological ruins, castles and fortresses, mosques and churches, Soviet architecture, rugged mountains, rivers, lakes, national parks and white sand beaches with azure seas. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers are the Albanian Alps and Tomorri massif and the Ottoman cities of Gjirokastër and Berat. Tirana is the capital and main entry point by air.

Equipment

Only the most basic equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most standard equipment from abroad. Serbia and Greece are the closest established service centres to bring in equipment by land. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Albania is an ATA carnet country.

Climate

The climate on the coast is Mediterranean with warm, sunny summers & mild, wet winters. The warm Sirocco wind brings muggy, sticky weather in autumn. Inland the climate is governed by altitude & winters are cold with frequent snow. Rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year although heaviest in Nov-Dec


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