Why shoot in Ukraine?
- Diverse locations
- Professional film crews
- Latest equipment
- Broad casting databases
- Most Europeans do not require a visa to go to Ukraine
- We are close to all European countries
Ukraine is film-makers friendly. It would take you 4 to 14 days to obtain permits to shoot at a municipal property area, 20 days if it’s something top-security or governmental, and 2 to 5 days for private areas. Aerial shootings need an additional permission only in case of shooting in the state border areas. There are no specific limitations as to talent work conditions for children or animals, no powerful guilds. It will cost you next to nothing to get a buy-out for all times, all territories.
In September 2005 Ukraine introduced visa-free entry for the citizens of the USA, European Union and Switzerland, simplifying the process of the border control and decreasing the travelers’ expenses.
Liberal legislation, low prices, variety of locations – all of this creates welcome conditions for the foreign filmmakers in Ukraine.
Variety of Ukrainian landscapes and a wide natural zoning could offer the producer any possible landscape for the exterior shootings. The country is washed by Black and Azov seas on South. Those coasts are quite diverse – sands, placers of pebble, cliffs, shallow waters and lagoons. Landscapes of Carpathian and Crimean Mountains differ from small hills with foliose and coniferous forests to the crags and snow-covered hills. Floral world of Ukraine represented by forest, forest-steppe and steppe zone replicates many of the European landscapes – from Scandinavia to Mediterranean islands. Ukraine hosts about 116 castles, 110 palaces, 37 town halls, 124 wooden churches, several mosques and cave monasteries.
Today many directors are coming to shoot their films in Ukraine. Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk has found mountain landscapes of Afghanistan for “The 9th Company” in the Crimea. Another Russian director Vladimir Bortko – has appreciated the medieval architecture of Recz Pospolita for the film version of “Taras Bulba”. The Chinese director Zhang Yimou shot Chinese forest for “The House of Flying Daggers” in the Carpathians, using local stunts for the horse-riding scenes.