Cash Rebate Scheme
Georgia joined a list of the countries worldwide providing Cash rebate for a film industry at the end of 2015 . We believe, this is a huge step forward for Georgia itself and definitely will effect on development of international film production in the country. This decision going to be a wonderful incentive and great advantage for filmmakers who’d love to shoot the projects in beautiful Georgia. Local and International filmmakers get 20% of cash rebate when they spend GEL 500K for a Feature Film or GEL 300K for TV commercial as a total qualified expenses in Georgia. Project owners reimburse extra 5% when the final product promotes Georgia as a country.
Country Georgia is located between The Great Caucasus Mountains to north, The Black Sea to west and Lesser Caucasus to south. It’s a small country total of 69,875 km2 in the middle of Europe and Asia. Georgia is mountainous country consisting of almost all climate zones: Alpine, Subalpine, Temperate, Subtropical and Semiarid territories. Accordingly, country has got high mountainous landscapes as well as coastline. The highest peak in Georgia is glacier Shkhara 5,068 m. Between the high mountains and seaside you can find various beautiful landscapes of subalpine and broadleaf forests, spectacular valleys with rivers and canyons, gorgeous mountainous lakes with snowy peaks, semi deserted areas and all other kind of natural beauty to film unforgettable images.
One of the most important part of the whole production process is logistics, its accessibility and simplicity. Being one of the most important link in The Great Silk Road connecting Europe and Asia Georgia has developed its overland, maritime and air transportation facilities. Because of its small size and developed infrastructure, located in the heart of Eurasia continent the country has got a beneficial environment for production logistics. You can cover a distance driving from one end to another within 8 hours. The highest settlement in Europe is Ushguli community located in county Svaneti, at 2200 m above the sea. On the other hand there is a beautiful Black Sea coast in 2.30 hrs drive from Svaneti highland. It gives us an incredible opportunity to film high mountains and seashore in a single day.
According to its geographic location Georgia has got almost all types of climate. Depending on particular region there is widespread Subtropical and Temperate climate zones. Another great filming advantage is 4 absolutely different seasons in Georgia. All of them has its characteristics, attraction and beauty.
Winter: December, January, February
Cold 5-10 °C
With Snow in country sides and occasional snow/rain in the cities. Dominate brown, gray and white colors.
Spring: March, April, May;
Warm 10-25 °C
Becomes warmer especially in the second half of the season. With rain and wind time to time; Dominate brown, starting greenery with some white and pink colors of the flowers.
Summer: June, July, August
Hot 30-35 °C
Becomes hot and sunny. Dominate deep green and some yellow at the end of the season.
Autumn: September, October, November
Pleasant 25-10 °C
With occasional rain and wind at the end of the season.
The most colorful season of the year. Dominate green, yellow, red, orange, brown. The most suitable time to capture colorful images.
You can film dramatically different environment on a single location depending on the season.
Monthly Daylight Duration
- January: 9.1 – 9.9 hrs
- February: 10 – 11 hrs
- March: 11.2 – 12.5 hrs
- April: 12.6 – 13.8 hrs
- May: 13.9 – 14.8 hrs
- Jun: 14.8 – 15.0 hrs
- July: 14.9 – 14.2 hrs
- August: 14.2 – 13.0 hrs
- September: 12.9 – 11.6 hrs
- October: 11.5 – 10.3 hrs
- November: 10.2 – 9.3 hrs
- December: 9.2 – 9.0 hrs
One of the advantage of filming in Georgia is a short distances between the different locations which you can cover mostly within an hour. It’s very suitable for production companies because in most cases they don’t have to do an expedition for filming.
Distance between Capital and main Destinations
Tbilisi – Mtskheta 25 km or 20 min. drive
Tbilisi – Rustavi 35 km 0r 45 min. drive
Tbilisi – Gori 85 km or 1 hr drive
Tbilisi – Kutaisi 235 km or 3.30 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Borjomi 160 km or 2 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Akhaltsikhe 200 km or 2.45 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Tsalka 105 km or 1.45 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Telavi 95 km or 1.40 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Sighnaghi 110 km or 1.40 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Omalo 200 km or 6.30 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Gudauri 125 km or 2 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Kazbegi 160 km or 2.40 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Zugdidi 350 km or 5 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Mestia 480 km or 6.45 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Anaklia 350 km or 5 hrs drive
Tbilisi – Batumi 380 km or 5.30 hrs drive
Once again, Georgia has got cultural and architectural heritage from both of sides Europe as well as from Asia. Beside that an outlined sign of the Soviet period urban planning still remains. This is the reason that urban architecture, public and private interiors are so attractive for filmmakers. On the other hand because of the unique geography, nature and climate Georgia has an incredible diversity of great outdoor landscapes. You can find various looking forests, valleys, canyons, mountains, semi-deserts, lakes, rivers, seashore and much more beautiful locations for filming.
Georgia is a film friendly location. So, its Government and city authorities support the industry in every way. Unlike many other countries special permits to shoot in public places is not required in Georgia. Furthermore filming on public locations like streets, parks or squares is charges free. Beside that police department can assist with traffic regulation and intermittently blocking when necessary. This assistance is also free of charge. locationStock takes care about all kind of permissions regarding public and private properties or other institutions. An average time to get permission is as short as 3-5 working days for public entities. Permits for filming in private properties we can get even within one working day.
An average fee for private properties is $250
An average fee for commercial entities is $300
Crew & Cast
An average of freelancer’s daily salary is $80
An average of character’s daily salary is $100
3 Star hotel starts at $40 per single room
4 Star hotel starts at $80 per single room
5 Star hotel starts at $140 per single room
A Sedan car with driver costs $25 per day
A 6 seats Van with driver costs $40 per day
A 16 seats Minibus with driver costs $50 per day
An average of 2 meals per day is $12 per person
Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the United States, countries of European Union and some other countries listed here may enter and stay in Georgia without a visa during full one year. Citizens of the countries and stateless person permanently residing in these countries must obtain visa before entering to the territory of Georgia. Foreign citizens willing to obtain a short-term visa have a possibility to apply for Georgian visa via e-visa portal without visiting Georgian Diplomatic Missions or Consular Offices. Or you may apply for long-term visa to a nearby Diplomatic Mission or consular office of Georgia in accordance with citizenship. In Addition, feel free to contact us any time for visa support documentation
Georgia has got the most flexible law of filmmaking in whole Europe. Here is no Governmental fees or additional regulations in film industry. The country has lowest TAXEs in the region and doesn’t have any trade unions at all that makes filmmakers’ life much more simple and comfortable. We have a reliable and sustainable banking institutions, creating safe financial environment for filming.
One of the most attractive benefits for a project owners must be the lowest production fees and expenses in Georgia throughout Europe. The world class location costs as well as high professional crew and cast fees are the most competitive in neighborhood. Duration of a shooting day is 12 hours. In case, production takes longer companies have to pay overtime fee to employees. Usually, we work every day of week including weekends, having at least one day off per week. Self scheduling is not prohibited by the law.