ZAGREB: Cumulative local expenditure for international productions that applied for incentives in 2017 was almost 25.4 m EUR, more than double compared to 2016 and more than in the record year 2015.

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre has not issued the final numbers yet, but agrees on the remarkable progress of the scheme implemented in 2012. Eleven projects applied for tax incentives in Croatia in 2017.

In 2015 ten international productions applied for incentives with a cumulative local expenditure of approximately 20.5 m EUR. In 2016 seven international productions had a local expenditure of nearly 10 m EUR.

Among the projects that applied for incentives and were also shot in 2017 are the BBC One series McMafia directed by James Watkins (serviced by MP Film Production) and the 10-part AMC series The Terror directed by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, produced by Ridley Scott and serviced by Embassy Film, as well as Robin Hood by Otto Bathurst (with Pakt Media servicing) and The Guardian Angel by Arto Halonen (with MP Film Production coproducing).

Also benefitting of the tax incentives scheme in 2017 were Ol Parker’s Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Universal Pictures’ sequel to its 2008 hit musical, which was shot in Croatia for 24 days (the film was serviced by Pakt Media), the Dutch/Belgian/Croatian coproduction Rafael by Ben Sombogaart with Croatia’s Nukleus film as minority coproducer, Danish feature film Lifeboat, directed by Josefine Kirkeskov and coproduced by Croatia’s MP Films,  British TV series Kiss Me First and feature film Ibizadirected by Alex Richanbach.