Not so long ago, the British writer Philip Kerr described Croatia as ''a small and irrelevant country that nobody is interested in''. However, great tourist results, many celebrities visiting the country as well as major film productions that find perfect filming locations here, are constantly proving that Croatia is everything but irrelevant.
Due to its natural beauty and thanks to the practice of realization the rights to money refund, Croatia has become real Mecca for international filmmakers.
Over the past five years, 34 foreign productions filmed on various locations throughout the country. One of the most popular among them is surely the HBO TV series ''Game of Thrones'' filmed in Dubrovnik.
Game of Thrones filming in Dubrovnik
The Institute of Economics in Zagreb recently published a survey according to which the filming of the mega popular HBO TV series increased tourism spending by 126 million Euros and brought 1.5 million more overnight stays.
Therefore, in the period from 2012 to 2015, on the average 60,000 more tourists per month visited the Dubrovnik-Neretva County every year. In total, 244,415 more tourists visited the county due to ''Game of Thrones'' and realized 1,441,395 overnight stays.
Earlier this year Dubrovnik also hosted the new film adaptation of ''Robin Hood'' with Jamie Dornan and the famous Jamie Fox in the main roles. According to information in the British newspaper, The Mirror, the 25th and latest James Bond movie will be also filmed in Dubrovnik. Last year the most popular Croatian film location also hosted the film crew of a new sequel of the Star Wars series ‘’Star Wars: The Last Jedi’’.
The set of The Last Jedi in Dubrovnik
In addition, Netflix filmed the futuristic series ''Kiss me first'' in Croatia this year, whilst the Oscar winner Meryl Streep is to play the leading role in the sequel of the famous hit-musical ''Mamma Mia!'' on the island of Vis this September.
Since 2012, international productions have generated 400 million Kunas in local consumption in Croatia, whilst the amount of 73 million Kunas was paid back through incentive measures.
The Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) reported that in the first half of this year six international film productions filed a claim for the grant of incentive rights. This year HAVC hopes foreign filmmakers in Croatia to leave more than the record 155,7 million Kunas generated in 2015.