Filming in Filming on location in Estonia
Estonia lies in north-east Europe, bordering Russia and Latvia. The country offers more than 700km of coastline and over a thousand islands, making beaches among the most popular filming locations.
Capital city Tallinn is one of Estonia’s main international appeals with a blend of historic architecture dating back to the 13th Century. There’s a good variety of manor houses and medieval castles that often catch the eye of visiting Location Scouts, plus the distinctive Patarei Prison in Tallinn, which is now un-used and available as a filming location.
East of Tallinn and closer to the Russian border is the mining region of Virumaa, where filmmakers have a choice of specialist industrial infrastructure, while an historic train is available for shooting purposes in the coastal town of Haapsalu.
As a result of its northerly latitude Estonia’s summer offers 18 hours of sunlight, while light reflected from winter snowfall can compensate for shorter days during the colder months.
With an overall population of less than 1.5 million – making it among the least populous in the European Union - Estonia does not have a large crew base of its own, but crew are routinely brought in from Latvia, Lithuania and across the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki.
Estonia now offers the Viru Film Fund, which is a cash rebate programme available for any audiovisual productions with no minimum spending or artistic criteria obligations. It’s been designed to be as flexible as possible in order to further boost Estonia’s production industry.
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