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What Georgia offers the filmmakers - The Hollywood Reporter
22 February, 2016
The Hollywood Reporter published an article about new production incentives of Georgia, Ukraine, Switzerland and Portugal.

“Film office and other representatives of several countries were in Berlin over the past week to tout new production incentives at the European Film Market amid increased competition for Hollywood and other international shoots,” The Hollywood Reporter informs.

“Georgia was the first former Soviet republic outside the Baltic area to develop an incentives scheme. Last year, it announced plans for a 20 percent-plus cash
rebate and has been promoting its "Film in Georgia" initiative in Berlin.

Formally launched late last month, an additional five percent on top of the standard rebate is available for those films that signal that they have been shot in Georgia; for example, showing its flag or well-known buildings. There is no expectation that films should cast the country in a positive light, though, David Vashadze of the Georgian Film Commission tells THR. "The application process is fully online and you can apply with a script and a treatment. Funds are released within 90 days of presenting audited accounts of in-country spend," he explained.

Georgia also offers architecture that reflects a mixture of European Asian and Soviet style, and has landscapes ranging from snow-covered mountains to desert to seaside within a few hours' drive of each location.

The scheme has already attracted two projects — a Bollywood movie and a pilot designed to appeal to a U.S. network show.

Gela Andrew Suli, the pilot's Georgian producer, said he got involved in Marisa Romanov (working title) after its creator Miranda Spigener contacted him. Suli, who was born in Georgia but grew up in the U.S. before returning to run the state-owned Georgian Film Studios (Gruzya Film) for 18 months, said the noir/thriller/fantasy pilot "strongly resonated" with him. The plot revolves around an American journalist who travels to Georgia, where she unravels the mystery of her family roots,” The Hollywood Reporter informs.

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