The second season of the period drama Hotel Portofino, produced by London production house Eagle Eye Drama, is currently being filmed in Zagreb, while other locations around Croatia include locales in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Istria counties. Assisting the filming process in Croatia is service producer Drugi Plan, headed by Nebojša Taraba and Miodrag Sila, while the unit production manager on the project is Ivona Maras.
The experience of working with a Croatian crew has been an incredibly positive one, it’s been absolutely fabulous and joyous. I often work abroad and I enjoy living and working with local people. The Croatian crew is incredibly accommodating and collaborative, and the entire process of filming in Croatia has been a very creative one. Working with Ivan, our production designer, has been a joy. The designs he’s come up with, he’s been creatively fabulous. The locations that have been offered by the location manager Tomislav Peleski have been spot on, in terms of what we require.Sarah Forbes Campbell, series producer
In addition to the capital, season two of the period drama will also be filmed in Lovran, on set at the villa embodying the Portofino Hotel, located in the town of the same name on the Italian Riviera. Other locations include Matulji, Grožnjan and Belaj, while filming will also take place in Rijeka.
The filming in Croatia involves the participation of
This project is unique for the fact that many of the Croatian crew are also involved in the creative portion of the filming, which is usually not the case when it comes to international productions. Overall, the collaboration with Eagle Eye Drama has been wonderful. We were brought together by Beta Film which is one of the project’s backers and world distributors and they are also a partner at Drugi Plan. However, it turned out that executive producer Walter Iuzzolino (Eagle Eye Drama) was very familiar with the other projects we had done, especially the series ‘The Paper’ and ‘Success’, so he trusted our suggestion to hire Croatian crew members above the line, because he knew their work on our original projects.Nebojša Taraba
Also, the director of photography on both seasons of Hotel Portofino is
Hotel Portofino is a family drama packed with emotional highs and lows, with a classic whodunnit mystery building up to a dramatic crescendo. Created and written by
All episodes of the series are directed by
Season one of the series, produced by London company Eagle Eye Drama, was also filmed in Croatia, in 2021. At that time, 192 Croatian film workers worked on set, while the film crew then spent 61 filming days in Croatia, on locations in Bale, Rovinj, Matulji, Opatija/Lovran, Pula and Rijeka.
Both seasons of the series are filmed in Croatia as part of the
Hotel Portofino premiered on the streaming service BritBox, where it was one of the most watched original series. The series was also picked up by the North American public television PBS.
Photographs from the set of Hotel Portofino in Zagreb are available for download on THIS LINK, courtesy of Inia Herenčić/HAVC.