Vienna Film Commission

Annual Press Conference of the Vienna Film Commission

8 years Vienna Film Commission

The Vienna Film Commision looks back on a successful year 2016: „The Vienna Film Commission was able to support the Austrian film industry in the best possible way during some quite challenging film shootings“ says managing director Marijana Stoisits. who got elected second vice chairwoman in the board of directors of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI). Two project have been challenging for the city administration in 2016: for Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s film „Die Hölle“ important road sections in the city centre of Vienna have been closed during nighttime for filming the spectacular chase scenes of the action thriller. For director Elena Tikhonova’s filming debut „Kaviar“ the Schwedenbrücke right in the city center was closed down for a whole day.

873 applications for shooting permits have been submitted to the Vienna Film Commission in 2016, with 913 letter of recommendations. The Vienna Film Commission cooperated with 29 municipal departments and institutions of the City of Vienna.
In total, 111 international productions applied for 196 filming permits, among those the British feature film “Let me go” from Polly Steele with Juliet Stevenson, Lucy Boynton and Stanley Weber, an episode of the Bollywood series “The Immigrants” as well as the Chinese TV-production “Brothers over Flowers”. Most of the applications for filming permits of foreign projects came from Germany, Serbia, the UK, Japan, the USA, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey and Australia.
In the ranking of the most popular locations for filming within the area of responsibility of the Vienna City Administration and their outsourced institutions, the parks, gardens, playgrounds and soccercages of the Wiener Stadtgärten (MA 42) are in the first place, followed by the Viennese markets (MA 59), the municipal swimming pools (MA 44) and the Danube Island and Danube Canal (Via Donau).

Apart from the film markets and film estivals of Berlin, Cannes and Shanghai the Vienna Film Commission was also present at the “Locations & Global Finance Show” in Burbank/Los Angeles, the Sundance Film Festival and the Location and production event “Focus” in London in order to promote Vienna as a film location.