US filmmakers have finished the shooting of the second cycle of the neo-Victorian series Carnival Row in Prague, which was the most lucrative foreign production for the Czech Republic since the introduction of film incentives several years ago.
Amazon Studios and Legendary Television spent almost CZK 3.1 billion in the Czech Republic on the series starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, the shooting of which was interrupted by the coronavirus crisis in early March.
Thanks to film incentives, nearly 80 films and series were shot in the Czech Republic in 2019. A large portion of this comprises series filmed for online platforms such as Netflix or Amazon.
Among the most significant projects filmed in 2019 in the Czech Republic were major television series such as
the epic fantasy The Wheel of Time for Amazon and Sony. The family film A Boy Called Christmas, the fantasy series The Letter for the King, and the sci-fi drama Tribes of Europa were all filmed in the Czech Republic for Netflix.
Other productions included the mystery thriller Shadowplay, the second season of the wartime drama Das Boot, as well as the second season of Miracle Workers starring Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe.
Head of the Czech Film Commission Pavlina Žipková confirms this increase in foreign productions, particularly television series: “In 2018, series made up about 65 % of the total; in 2019 that increased to nearly 80 %. More and more often, entire series are filmed here, not just several or even individual episodes, as was the case in the past. The primary attraction for foreign producers is and will be film incentives – there’s no question. But the wide variety of Czech locations, the architectural diversity, and more also play a huge role, not to mention our highly-skilled Czech craftsmen. Our film professionals are some of the best in the world – Czechs excel not only in directorial positions but also in individual production departments.”
In 2019, the Czech Film Fund received 117 applications for registration of new projects that would be filmed here. These included not just turnkey production for international projects, but also co-production projects.
In comparison, in 2018, 112 applications were received and 76 in 2017.