FOCUS talks to Tanja Ladovic Blazevic, coordinator at the Croatian Audiovisual Centre / Filming in Croatia

FOCUS talks to Tanja Ladovic Blazevic, coordinator at the Croation Audiovisual Centre / Filming in Croatia, first time exhibitors at FOCUS

Tanja1What brings you and ‘Filming in Croatia’ to FOCUS this year?

We have good news to share – Croatian incentive programme now offers 25% cash rebate
(with extra 5% for filming in regions with below average development) for Film & TV
productions, and FOCUS is just right place to spread the word among producers. FOCUS
become a “must” for every Film friendly country, which Croatia certainly is. So here we are,
exhibiting for the first time.

What are you hoping to get out of the event and what in particular will you be promoting at
FOCUS 2018?

Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainWe are promoting Croatia as a great filming destination with highly skilled film crews and
production companies and highlighting positive changes in our incentive programme that are
not only encouraging productions to explore new great locations, but are also creating a
positive impact on local communities.

Please tell us briefly about Croatia as a location filming destination?

Croatia lies between central and eastern Europe bordering the Adriatic coast. Diverse
landscape, climate zones, historical and cultural influences make it perfect location for
various genres. In McMafia series for example, Croatia stood for 8 different countries. Apart
great locations, our biggest strength are experienced film professionals. Croatian full-service
production companies & highly skilled film crews are able to carry out even the most
demanding productions.

What productions have recently been filming in Croatia?

McMafia 02_Nikola Predović Cuba Pictures BBCMP Film ProductionLast year Lionsgate used the authentic medieval look of Dubrovnik to recreate an ancient
walls of the Nottingham Castle in Robin Hood (directed by Otto Bathurst), natural beauties of
island Vis served as a location for the Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (directed by Ol
Parker), waste and stunning locations of Island Pag played Arctic landscape in AMC’s
suspenseful thriller series The Terror (directed by. Numerous locations throughout Croatia
hosted the new BBC One series McMafia (directed by James Watkins). The Master Butchers Singing Club_Pakt Media_Silvia ZeitlingerThere’s also the
planetary popular Game of Thrones series, which choose Dubrovnik as the setting for King’s
Landing, fortress of Klis as the city of Meereen and locations in Šibenik and Kaštelac for the
city of Braavos. German feature film The Master Butcher’s Singing Club (directed by Ulrich
Edel), is currently being filmed in first production that is using 30% cash rebate for
filming in regions with below average development.

Tanja Ladović Blažević

Tanja Ladović Blažević studied history and philosophy at University of Zagreb. She has
worked in public relations in film & TV industry for the last 15 years. As of March 2018, she
works as programme coordinator for Filming in Croatia, department of Croatian Audiovisual