International Productions Are Still Flocking to the Czech Republic

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    PRAGUE: Several big international productions are shooting and prepping in the Czech Republic in the second half of 2016. The spend of international productions in the Czech Republic has increased almost by 500 percent since the introduction of the incentives in 2010.

    The epic series Britannia for Sky, starring Kelly Reilly, started filming in July 2016 and will work with Czech crew on location and in studios for 145 shooting days. Rick McCallum from the Czech production company Film United is one of the producers. 

    After shooting in the Croatian town of Dubrovnik, Knightfall started shooting in the Czech Republic on 7 July 2016 and will continue through December 2016. The production is based at the Barrandov Studio and the series is a coproduction of the U.S. A-E Studio, Midnight Radio and The Combine, with Stillking Films line producing in the Czech Republic. 

    The first season of Genius, an anthology about the world’s most brilliant innovators, for the National Geographic Channel, started shooting end of summer 2016, and will wrap in February 2017. Ron Howard will direct the opening episode of the series. Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television, OddLot Entertainment, EUE/Sokolow and Stillking Films are producing. 

    Coproduced by Czech Mia Film for the ZFD, the story of the feature film Die Vergeltung takes place shortly after WW2. Shooting started on 14 June and will wrap on 17 July 2016. The shooting of Zuckersand is planned from 12 July to 20 August 2016. Wilma Film  is line producing in the Czech Republic. 

    The Czech production company Sirena Film is preparing the shoot of the Swedish feature film Borg vs. McEnroe by Metz Pedersen, starring Shia LaBoeuf and Stellan Skargård. The film is produced by Denmark’s SF Film Production in coproduction with Sweden’s Tre Vanner Produktion AB. 

    The Indian director Imtiaz Ali returns to Prague in September 2016 with the romantic road movie The Ring. The film is produced by one of the biggest Bollywood production and distribution houses. Red Chilli Entertainment, and stars Shah Rukh Khan. The line producer is Punk Film

    Jean Reno returns to the Czech Republic after the third instalment of Les Visiteurs and will co-star together with Andy Lau in Stephen Fung’s Hong Kong production Adventurers. The film will be shot this summer at the Prague Studios, in and around Prague, in Karlovy Vary and other locations through September 2016. Terence Chang’s Mannix Pictures is producing in coproduction with Prague-based Milk and Honey Pictures

    “It is great to see the Czech film industry flourishing and more and more international productions choosing the country for their shoots. (…) We believe that the recently adopted changes to the incentive scheme, which make the application process easier, will further strengthen this positive trend”,  Helena Bezděk Fraňková, the director of the Czech State Cinematography Fund, said in a statement.