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As a main audiovisual agency in Croatia, the Centre has the overall responsibility for the growth of Croatia’s audiovisual industry. Its remit ranges from supporting production, distribution, exhibition, marketing and promotion, to professional training and supporting national film archives through the system of public subsidies. The Centre also promotes Croatian films and co-productions at all major festivals and markets. It also administers the Croatian cash rebate scheme for film and tv production, aimed at encouraging inward investment.

Croatia is a signatory to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, a member of Eurimages and a member of Media. Bilateral co-production agreements include Canada, France, Germany and Italy.

In January 2012, a cash rebate has been introduced for international film and tv productions shooting in the country. The incentive is a part of the four-year National Strategic Programme for the Audiovisual Industry, which was adopted by the Croatian Audiovisual Council and approved by the Croatian Ministry of Culture in October 2010.

The rebate applies to feature films, documentaries, short films, television drama and animation. Projects can derive a benefit of 20% of their qualifying expenditure. The benefit is based on the cost of a Croatian cast and crew working in Croatia, as well as goods and services purchased in Croatia. There is a cap of 20m hrk (cca €2.65m) on qualifying local expenditure per project and the minimum local spend per project is hrk 2m (cca €265,000) for feature films, hrk 300.000,00 (cca €40,000) for documentaries, hrk 500.000,00 (cca €66,000) for animation, hrk 1m (cca €133,000) for tv films, hrk 750.000,00 (cca €100,000) per episode of a tv series.

Useful Links

Croatian Audiovisual Centre
Filming in Croatia
Ministry of Culture
Croatian Radiotelevision