Slovakia is best known for its castles, fortresses, snowy mountains, pinewood forests, rushing rivers and bubbling creeks, Eastern Bloc architecture, traditional villages, and unique Roma communities.
Slovakia’s agricultural looks of interest include wheat, rye and corn fields, as well as vineyards.
Cost & Rebates
Slovakia is much less expensive than western Europe but more expensive than some of its eastern neighbours such as Latvia, Romania or Ukraine. Slovakia trades in the Euro.
Slovakia offers qualifying film and TV produtions a cash rebate of 33%.
When To Shoot
Slovakia has a typical four-season climate with warm summers, colourful leaves in fall, white winters, and spring in full bloom. May to September are the best months to film for sunny weather. November to April are the best months for snowy mountain looks.
Slovakia is a member of the Schengen Area. Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. Visiting US film crews can enter visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Contact your local Slovak embassy / representative for more information.
Cast, Crew & Equipment
Slovakia has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are non-union. Slovakia has good crews who have extensive international production experience. Key crew all speak fluent English. Slovakian stunt crews are world renowned. Slovakia’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those technical and creative crews should you ever need to look further. Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Slovakia is predominately Slovak, with large minorities of Hungarians, Czechs and Gypsies. Other looks are not as widely available and are best cast abroad. Slovakia’s close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. Slovakia has a decent stock of locally available camera, grip and lighting equipment. Additional equipment can be easily brought in from the well stocked film centres of Prague or Vienna. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Slovakia is an ATA carnet country.