Italy is one of the world’s most filmed countries. The birthplace of Western civilisation, Italy is famous for its rich history, diverse cultures and cuisine, as well as for its beautiful coast and mountains. Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world.
Milan, Rome and Venice are the major production centres if you need local crews and equipment.
Cost & Rebates
Italy trades in the Euro and as such it can be a relatively expensive place to shoot. That said, our locally based fixers and service producers will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. Italy offers a tax credit of up to 30% on qualifying production spend.
When To Shoot
Italy has a largely temperate climate with regional variations. The northern mountain regions get heavy snowfalls in winter and are warm with occasional rainfall in the summer. The central regions are humid. The south is dry and hot. The warmest and most reliable weather is from April to June. Shooting from July to August is best avoided as this is when most Italians go on holiday.
Italy is a Schengen Area member state. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Visiting US film crews can enter visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Contact your local Italian embassy or representative for more information.
Cast, Crew & Equipment
Italy has a very long and rich history of internationally celebrated directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Italy has a good depth of non-union, experienced, English speaking crews. Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. As a multicultural country and fashion centre, Italy is home to a variety of locally based talent ranging from supermodels to background extras. Its close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you need to look further. Italy has a range of standard and specialized camera, lighting and grip equipment available locally. Milan and Rome are the main hubs for equipment rental. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Italy is an ATA carnet country.