Foreign film productions increase spending in Czech Republic

The Czech Film Commission, a body promoting the Czech Republic as a filming location abroad, has said that by the end of 2011 foreign film productions will have spent over a billion crowns on services related to film projects in the Czech Republic. The same amount is expected to be spent in indirect and derived investment in the supply sectors. The Commission’s Ludmila Claussová said the amount might have been even larger if the film incentive budget had not been limited. She added that last year that the state investment yielded a return of 18 percent. Since last autumn the Czech Film Commission has reported a rising interest among foreign filmmakers in coming to the Czech Republic. Ms Claussová said foreign productions are choosing this country because of its diverse filming locations, skilled film professionals and the state incentive programme that has boosted the local film industry’s competitiveness.