Location guide for filming in Montenegro


Overview

A still pretty unknown place in the southern part of the Mediterranean is often referred to as the “Hidden Pearl  of the Mediterranean”. For its size, Montenegro is a country of quite an amazing diversity. Roughly, Montengro can be divided into three regions. Each of them offers a specific combination of natural beauty and cultural treasures . The places where those regions melt into each other are creating marvelous scenery.

 

 

Permits

No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. Permitting in Montenegro is a very straightforward process. There are no state fees for shooting and most permits usually take no more than 2 days. 

Tax breaks / incentives

At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Montenegro.

Studios

Studios and backlots does not exist at present.

Locations

Montenegro offers unique, beautiful and undiscovered locations. The diversity of locations range from rugged mountains, canyons, caves, national parks, vineyards, beaches, monasteries, fortresses, castles and palaces, cobblestone streets, snowy peaks, forests, glacial lakes and rivers. Montenegro is a small country so locations are a relatively short drive from each other. Montenegro film locations of interest include:

Durmitor National Park scenic mountain landscapes, glacial lakes, abundant forests and deep gorges. Tara River Canyon and the famous 140m high Tara Bridge that crosses it. Winter offers ski resorts with plenty of snow.

Bay of Kotor with the old Medieval city of Kotor and the Baroque city of Perast.

Budva is the main seaside tourist town and most likely place to stay when shooting coastal looks. Nearby Sveti Stefan is a picturesque Medieval island.

Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro. It offers a mixture of architectural styles ranging from Ottoman Empire Turkish, Eastern bloc Brutalist to newly built contemporary glass-and-steel structures. Three kilometres from Podgorica you can find the ruins of Doclea, a town known for its Greek, pre-Roman and Roman history.

Biogradska Gora in Kolasin offers untouched forest, towering mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers, green picturesque pastures and traditional villages.

Towards the Albanian border you can find the beautiful 12km beach of Ulcinj , the rugged Prokletije Mountain and Skadar Lake.

Equipment

Montenegro has a small pool of basic equipment available locally. Additional equipment can be easily brought in from nearby Serbia and more specialist equipment such as helicopters with camera heads are best brought in from Italy or other major European production centres. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Montenegro is an ATA carnet country.

Climate

 Montenegro has a transitional climate from Mediterranean to continental. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are moderately cold. Mountain areas are snow covered in winter. 


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