Turkey as classically known to be a bridge between Europe and Asia is a hub in all means for perfect solutions in many aspects. Filma-Cass sees Turkey's unique geography as one of his basic skills.
We are dedicated to make Turkey and Istanbul an international center for production.
Turkey’s popularity as a filming location is growing, thanks to its extraordinary geographic and cultural diversity.
At the same time, the strength of Turkey economy means the local TV production business has been booming in recent years (there has, for example, been a surge in the number of foreign entertainment formats acquired by Turkey).
The knock on effect of this is improved crews and greater investment in everything from cameras to post-production equipment.
The quality of the local industry is also boosted by the strength of the domestic movie business – with Turkish films currently taking approximately half of box office revenues.
- RICH HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
- PERFECT AND WELL KEPT LOCATIONS
- SHINY WEATHER / 4 SEASONS AT ANYTIME OF THE YEAR AT MICRO LOCATIONS
- EASY TRANSPORTATION
- EXPERIENCED & MOTIVATED TECHNICAL TEAM
- HIGHEND TECHNOLOGY / ADAPTATION TO CHANGE AT ANY LEVEL
- COST EFFECTIVENESS
- INTRODUCTION OF TAX DEBATE
RICH HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Fate has put Turkey at the junction of two continents. As a land bridge, a meeting point and a battleground, it has seen peoples moving in both directions between Europe and Asia throughout recorded history. That human traffic has left monuments and debris, dynasties and lasting cultural legacies, all of which have contributed to the character of modern Turkey. Turkish history is such a hugely rich patchwork of overlapping eras and empires that it boasts figures, events and phenomena familiar even to the layperson. Today, even in the most inaccessible or isolated corners, one can easily feel and see the traces of different cultures. As Turkish landscape encompasses a vast variety of geographical zone, it has the combined characteristics of the three continents of the world: Europe, Africa and Asia. Turkey’s cosmopolitan characteristic makes it easy finding a vibrant mix for a cast.
PERFECT AND WELL KEPT LOCATIONS
Filma‐Cass sees Turkey’s unique geography as one of his basic skills.
Turkey as classically known to be a bridge between Europe and Asia is a hub in all means for perfect solutions in many aspects.
- Turkey is a huge country that borders Greece, Bulgaria, Syria, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Georgia and Armenia. So it’s no surprise it can offer a variety of climates and locations including stunning beaches, exotic islands, spectacular mountains, deserts and diversified forests.
Turkey has unique locations like Istanbul, which offers a mix of classic architecture, café culture and twenty-first century modernity.
- Thousands of years of old ancient ruins and more recent historic architecture coexist with hi‐Tec office towers.
- Modern shopping malls only walking distance away from old bazaars. Within the same day you have the possibility of shooting various takes in different surroundings only in a space of few kilometers.
As being one of the best‐kept secrets, Turkey has some of the most beautiful and varied natural landscapes in the world.
- Turkey is surrounded by seas on three sides. Black Sea in the north, Aegean Sea in the west and The Mediterranean in the south. Its inland sea, Marmara is connected to The Black Sea and Aegean Sea by two one of its kind waterways, The Bosphorus and The Dardanelles.
- 8400 km of unspoiled rocky and sandy beaches some situated half an hour drive from mountain ski resorts, expansive fields, lush green forests, splendid lakes, rivers, waterfalls, vineyards, high mountains, even dormant volcanos and deserts.
- If you’re looking for something really unique landscapes such as Pamukkale (Hierapolis‐ Limestone Terraces) filled with warm water all through the year and Cappadocia‐(Fairy Chimneys) naturally formed rock formations, Alaçatı, Antalya, Bodrum, Mardin, Kars, Salt Lake.
SHINY WEATHER / 4 SEASONS AT ANYTIME OF THE YEAR AT MICRO LOCATIONS
Turkey is ideally suited to filming all around the year due to its geographical position.
The diversity of the climate and the landscape offer the possibility of finding 4 different seasons during the same period within the country.
The Aegean (West) and Mediterranean (South) coasts have a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, with temperature often rising above 30ºC (86ºF) in July and August. Showers are unlikely in the summer months.
- The Taurus Mountains, for example, look like the Alps; you can shoot spring, summer, autumn and winter scenes throughout the year. For example, you can shoot a skiing scene on a snowy mountain and then a swimming scene on the beach in the same day in Antalya for about 9 months of the year.
The Black Sea (North) is like Ireland, England, Scotland or Scandinavia
- The Black Sea coast is a little colder in winter than on the southern and western coasts and has some rain throughout the year. This will help you to enjoy cool summers and mist with the green mountains at the background during the summer time.
In the East, snow topped mountains will strike you almost any time of the year.
- South-eastern Turkey can resemble the Middle East.
This latter point is a key consideration given the unrest in that region at present.
The Anatolia (Centre) has low rainfall and cold to very cold winters and warm to hot summers.
- Dry weather will help you to get the desert look in summer in its vast plains. On the other hand you may always shoot snow covered crop fields or peculiar rock formations called ‘Fairy Chimneys’ in winter.
Cappadocia was a location for Ghost Riders 2 and many more movies.
Turkey is a transportation hub in the region. It can be easily reached via airways, ports and motorway.
Turkey’s international airports handle over 350.000 international flights, serving to more than 49 million visitors per year.
EXPERIENCED & MOTIVATED TECHNICAL TEAM
As a result of highly competitive and well-developed filming sector, the crews in Turkey has the experience to work with the most demanding directors and producers from all around the world. The most important thing is the key members have a good command of English.
HIGHEND TECHNOLOGY / ADAPTATION TO CHANGE AT ANY LEVEL
Turkey has world class filming equipment and post-production facilities.
We uniquely have the opportunity to offer the best prices through our sister companies Istanbul Film Studios and Istanbul Camera Light & Grip. These companies are the leading facilities in the region.
If you choose to do so, you can hire almost all of your filming equipment here, from Alexa to full 35mm cameras, from cranes to lighting.
Lower costs are the most significant issue for the producers.
You will be enjoyed to find out how much you can save in the areas of expenditure such as crew rates, equipment prices, studios, construction and art department expenses which are the most obvious ones to name.
Strong and stable economy is a valuable asset which helps to keep the currency rate to its most advantageous level and created a great positive effect on our budgets.
INTRODUCTION OF TAX DEBATE
• Turkey is introducing a tax debate for film and television productions made in Turkey.
Tax breaks / incentives
The tax incentives created by the government for foreign productions.
The recent introduction of tax rebates has led to films like Argo seeing Turkey as a legitimate alternative to the Middle East and North Africa. Argo is reported to have received a US$300,000 tax rebate. There are now plans to make Turkey even more competitive by offering industry incentives.
Minister of Culture and Tourism is looking at a package that will give film-makers up to 25% of the expenditures they make while shooting a film in Turkey. This is expected to be a major factor in encouraging Hollywood productions into Turkey. Already Hollywood films provide a big boost to Turkey in terms of inward investment and thousands of jobs being created.
With regard to production of cinematographic works approved by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, foreign film producers can receive returns of the VAT paid during procurement and import of the goods and services that they buy within the duration of film shooting.
Foreign film producers can submit their requests for VAT returns through a petition to the relevant tax office after the film shooting period has expired. The film shooting period is designated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
VAT returns are processed on condition that a report submitted was drawn up by a certified financial accountant (CFA). VAT returns are finalized within 30 days following the submission of a complete CFA report.
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Recent changes in the country’s incentive structure (more below) mean this run of success is expected to continue.
Turkey has a vibrant domestic TV business but has not as yet seen many foreign TV productions come to the country.
US TV shows to have visited Turkey include The Bachelorette (ABC TV) and The Martha Stewart Show.
BBC has also been to Turkey to shoot films with specific historical requirements (ie subjects such as the Byzantine Empire and Seven Wonders of the World).
There’s a regular turnover of ads from markets like Russia, India, the US, UK, France and Germany.