Why Turkey?




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.





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.










FilmaCass sees Turkeys 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 has unique locations like Istanbul, which offers a mix of classic architecture, café culture and twenty-first century modernity. 

As being one of the bestkept secrets, Turkey has some of the most beautiful and varied natural landscapes in the world. 








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 Black Sea (North) is like Ireland, England, Scotland or Scandinavia 


In the East, snow topped mountains will strike you almost any time of the year. 

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.  

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. 



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. 





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. 






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.


VAT returns

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.



Recent Productions

Argo (2012) 

Skyfall (2012)

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy (2011)


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.