Under a new government initiative, foreign film companies have an opportunity in the case of shooting the film in Georgia to get 25% of qualifying costs back.
According to the Minister of Economy Dmitry Kumsishvili, Film in Georgia’s goal is to make the country an attractive place in Eastern Europe for filming and to develop national cinematography. Accordingly, this new program will significantly contribute to the promotion of Georgia in terms of favorable filming locations and attracting foreign filmmakers.
“At the moment we are negotiating with production companies in various countries. We offer very favorable conditions for all those who wish to make a film in Georgia. The practice of the return of 25% of the qualified costs has been tested in many countries, which have made major strides in the development of the film industry. In general, this is very important as increases the country’s recognition in the international arena as well as creates new jobs, increases the qualification of local staff, and ultimately, brings economic benefits to the country, “- the Minister notes.
According to the Minister, the development of the film industry will also contribute to the inflow of foreign currency and the lari strengthening. Film in Georgian, part of the Produce in Georgia program, will offer benefits to local and international producers interested in film production.
In particular, the project involves the creation of a system of “one window” for production companies who want to make a film in Georgia. This system provides assistance to foreign production companies in finding locations for shooting, selection of local staff, establishing communications with the concerned persons, the solution of various bureaucratic issues, etc.
The program provides incentives for shooting feature films, television, documentaries, animation films, TV series, advertising products, reality shows and music videos.