Location guide for filming in Macedonia


Overview

Striking Landscapes and a Stunning Array of Shooting Locations. Mountain valleys, forests, a medieval fortress, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, an island, and small desert can all be found in Macedonia.
The country is home to 1,000 churches and monasteries, as well as over 4,200 archaeological sites. Macedonia is one of the most attractive destinations for cultural tourism in Europe.
 280 Sunny Days a Year - With a Mediterranean climate, moderate winters, and plenty of sunny days, Macedonia is an ideal location for your next film shoot.

Macedonia has educated, highly-qualified, and ethical workforce and one of the most competitive labor costs in Europe. There are a number of exceptional and skiled production companies in Macedonia with experience in international production. You will find Macedonian film technicians to be flexible, highly skilled and able to efficiently carry out even the most demanding production.
With the new Film Industry Law, the  Macedonian Film Agency  filmageny.gov.mk aims to promote Macedonia as filming destination with its Production Incentives scheme with 20% rebate of eligible expenditure for film roduction.

Recent Productions

A great number of TV commercials, online advertising, corporate videos, stills campaigns, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Macedonia.The Peacemaker was partly filmed in Macedonia.

Permits

 

No official filming and location permission is required for feature film shoots or any others type of production. Teaming up with a local production company is recomended if you are planning to shoot in Macedonia, as the local know-how of the procedures and policies in will help you to reduce the time spent on preparing and executing your project. The Macedonian partner can support your project with funding from public and private sources, provide a full range of production services and share all important local knowledge and personal contacts.

 

Tax breaks / incentives

As stated in the new regulation - FILM INDUSTRY LAW, Macedonia will stimulate the investments for making a feature film, documentary, animation, and television film or television series in form of production incentive up to 20% of the gross expenditures made in Republic of Macedonia.
The minimum local spend per project: EUR 100,000 The production incentive does not apply to: advertising audiovisual products, audiovisual commercial communications, soap operas, situational comedies, television shows and other television programs.
Eligible expenditures: The benefit is based on the cost of Macedonian cast and crew working in Macedonia, as well as goods and services purchased in Macedonia
Not eligible expenditures: buying real estate, excise goods and motor vehicles, fees for the authors and other fees paid outside of Republic of Macedonia, expenditures for marketing the film/television project, expenditures for distribution of the film/television project, expenditures for exhibition of the film/television project.
From the foreign producer’s point of view this regulation works in the following way – the foreign producer must team up with a Macedonian co-producer or service provider in order to apply for production incentive. The Macedonian production company then applies to the Macedonian Film Agency. The Commission for Determining
the Refunding Right in the Agency, at least 15 days prior to the start of the shooting of the film/television project, will give to the applicant a provisional certificate, and the final certificate will be given upon completion of the production in Macedonia.
The net benefit will be made available on completion of the production, audit of the final cost statement and evidence that all requirements have been met.

Studios

There are several film studios in Macedonia, coproduction oriented , in cooperation with Macedonian Film Agency and major international institutions and funds.

Locations

The country offers a wide variety of geographical and cultural locations, including Lake Ohrid, Mavrovo National Park, Matka Canyon, Treskavec monastery, Kale fortress, mountains, canyons, caves, hot springs, parks, rivers, vineyards, Byzantine churches, cobblestone Ottoman streets, stately neoclassical homes, Yugoslav-era buildings, ancient ruins, Shutka – the largest Roma community in Europe, Stara Carsija – the old Bazaar in the capital Skopje. They are divided into eight statistical regions.

The Skopje region comprises the northernmost part of the Republic of Macedonia and extends across the Skopje basin. This region is the smallest and covers only 7.3% of the total land area of the country, but with 334.2 people per km2 and 29.4% of the country’s total population (2011), Skopje is the most populous region in the Republic of Macedonia.

The Polog region comprises the northwest part of the Republic of Macedonia, the Polog basin, and the valley of the river Radika.

The Northeast region comprises the extreme northeast part of the Republic of Macedonia, and spreads along the rivers Pchinja and Kriva Reka. 

The East region is mainly a mountainous region and comprises the extreme east of the Republic of Macedonia. It spreads along the Bregalnica River, over the basins of Stip, Maleshevo, Pijanec, and the field of Kochani.

The Southwest region comprises the extreme southwest part of the Republic of Macedonia. 

The Vardar Region comprises the central part of the Republic of Macedonia and spreads along the Vardar River and Ovchepole basin.

The Pelagonia region is located in the south of the Republic of Macedonia and comprises the Pelagonia basin and the Prespa Lake basin.

The southwest region comprises the extreme southwest part of the Republic of Macedonia.

Equipment

The procedure of temporary admission is regulated under the Customs Law of the Republic of Macedonia.
In the temporary admission procedure, foreign goods may be used on the customs territory of the
Republic of Macedonia, with full or partial exemption from payment of import duties and exemption
from trading measures, when the foreign goods are intended to be re-exported in the same state as they
were in at import, except for impairment loss resulting from the use of these goods. Goods may remain
in temporary admission procedure for up to 24 months, with the option for determination of special
deadlines. Goods can be imported into the Republic of Macedonia on the basis of an ATA Carnet.

Climate

In the Republic of the Macedonia dominate two types of climate: modified mediterranean and moderate continental.  This results with two accented seasons: cold and wet winter and dry hot summer, connected with the
transitional seasons spring and autumn. On the high mountain areas in Republic of Macedonia exist mountain climate which characterizes with short and cold summers and cold and wet winters with frequent snow falls. The moderate continental climate in Macedonia distinguish itself with expressed cold winters with longer ice period and higher number of frozen days with mid month temperature of the coldest month beneath the zero and with low moderate minimal temperatures and low absolute minimums with less rain. Summers and the vegetation period compared to the mediterranean climate are shorter, with low relative humidity and less summer and tropical days. The transition from Summer to Winter and from Winter to Summer in Macedonia is relatively quick..
Average year temp.: 15 C / 59 F
Warmest month: July (average 22 C / 71.6 F)
Coldest month: January (average -3 C / 26.6 F)
Average year rain: 742 mm2


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