Why Film in the Czech Republic

Fantastic locations, professional film crews, high-quality post-production facilities, and four seasons - these are just some of the reasons why the Czech Republic is the right place for your film shoot!

Get 20% of your spend back

The Film Incentives program administered by the Czech Film Fund is designed for Czech and foreign productions filmed in the Czech Republic. It allows you to get back 20% of eligible expenses and 66% of the withholding tax paid in the Czech Republic. And that's not all - various regional grants and funds are another option for receiving financial support. 

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Find all the film locations you need here

For such a relatively small country, the Czech Republic offers a high concentration of diverse and easily accessible filming locations. Discover the magnificent panoramas of royal cities, the atmosphere of industrial complexes, and the picturesque corners of the Czech countryside and villages. There are diverse buildings of all architectural styles and periods - from the Romanesque period to Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and even modern architecture. All this enables the Czech Republic to stand in for many other places and times - from medieval Europe to modern America. And you'll save money compared to renting original locations.

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Hire local film professionals for all your production needs

Foreign producers often come here only with the director, lead actors, and a few crew members, and hire all other professions and services locally. In addition to creative and technical specialists, these are primarily heads of individual production departments with entire teams, such as production designer, art director, costume designer, cameraman, and others. Beautifully crafted sets, costumes, vehicles, and weapons of various historical periods have proven themselves even in the most demanding period productions of all genres. The Czech stunt school and post-production services also have a great reputation.

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We’ve got state-of-the-art studios

Choose from a wide range of studios and ateliers that can handle any kind of production and offer excellent spaces for filming interiors and exteriors. You'll also get all the necessary backlot facilities - production, hair and makeup, wardrobe, costumes, camera and props, and catering. 

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Count on excellent post-production services

Czech post-production services are among the best in the world, whether it's editing, editing audio dialogue, inserting sound and music into scenes, visual effects, or finishing the film itself. You'll find studios and labs with state-of-the-art equipment.

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We’ll create the best conditions for you

We do our best to make sure that you can shoot here comfortably and safely at all times. We respond to any situation and work with various institutions and experts to develop analyses, manuals, and recommendations to make it easier for you.


During the Covid-19 pandemic, we prepared self-regulatory recommendations that allowed filmmakers to get back on set quickly. Compared to other continental European countries, the Czech Republic had the shortest break from filming, and our regulations became an inspiration for film commissions around the world.

Situation in Ukraine

Together with the Audiovisual Producers' Association and the European Institute for Health and Safety in the Film Industry, we created the document The Czech Republic in the Context of the Situation in Ukraine.

Safety on Set

In cooperation with the European Institute for Health and Safety in the Film Industry, we put together useful guidelines such as Firearms Safety and Safe Film with the Audiovisual Producers' Association and VSB - Technical University of Ostrava.


We support the Greenfilming project, which deals with the sustainability of the audiovisual industry and offers various tools to do so. For example, you might find the Green Filmmaking Manual localized for the Czech Republic useful.

The Czech Republic is and always has been a filmmaking country

The more than 100-year tradition dates back to the beginnings of world cinema. Modern film companies and professional studios existed here at the beginning of the 20th century, and some Czech films became internationally famous even before the advent of sound.

Barrandov Studio

Built in the 1930s, the most modern studio in Europe at the time soon became a symbol of the Czech film industry. Hundreds of domestic and foreign films were shot here, among the first being French director Julien Duvivier's Golem in 1936. The Zlín Film Studios were also founded this year.


Since its foundation in 1946, hundreds of successful Czech and foreign filmmakers have graduated from FAMU - the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. These include Miloš Forman, Ivan Passer, Milan Kundera, Agnieszka Holland, and Jan Svěrák.

Over 20 Oscars

Czech filmmakers are often nominated for the Academy Awards and have celebrated victory more than 20 times. Among the Oscar-winning films are The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze, 1965), Closely Watched Trains (Ostře sledované vlaky, 1966), and Kolya (1996). Larks on a String (Skřivánci na niti ) won the Golden Bear at the 1990 Berlinale. 

Czech New Wave

The world-famous term refers to a generation of film writers and directors who began working in the 1960s. They include Věra Chytilová, Ester Krumbachová, Jan Němec, Evald Schorm, Jaroslav Papoušek, and Jiří Menzel.

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