Rebate for Film and TV Production

Croatia introduced Film Production Incentive in 2012. It is available to international and local filmmakers in the form of a rebate on qualifying Croatian spend. As of July 2018. cash rebate has been raised to 25%, with additional 5% for productions filming in regions with below average development.

Overview

Qualifying production formats include: feature films, documentaries, TV drama and animation. The incentive does not apply to commercials, reality TV, game shows, sitcoms and soaps. 

The incentive is administered on a first-come, first-served basis. The rebate is calculated on the total qualifying expenditure, without including value added tax, and is paid directly to the applicant’s Croatian bank account. Qualified spend consists of the costs of goods and services purchased in Croatia and wages paid to Croatian tax residents (both cast and crew) for services carried out in Croatia. 

Croatian Incentive Programme is approved until 31 December 2020.*

Requirements

The applicant must be a Croatian producer, co-producer or production service provider that has produced or provided production services for at least one publicly shown audiovisual work within the last three years. 

The complete application must be submitted to the Centre at least 8 days prior to the start of principal photography. The applicant must provide proof that (1) at least 70 % of the financing to cover Croatian production costs has been secured; (2) pass the cultural test; (3) cast and crew consist of at least 30% national citizens, for productions filming partially in Croatia, or 50% for productions filming entirely in Croatia.

Qualifying productions are issued a provisional certificate and, upon completion of the production in Croatia and submission of audited accounts, a final certificate which guarantees payment. The Croatian partner provides the full range of production services including: location scouting, scheduling, budgeting, casting, crewing, and takes full responsibility for all production services carried out in Croatia throughout the life-span of the production.

* State Aid Programme for Encouraging Investment in the Production of Audiovisual Works, HR 

Filming in Croatia is a programme of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

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