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                 ●   Population: 7,058,322
                 ●   GDP per capita: €4,904
                 ●   Regulatory body:                                                                                                                © DR
                  Ministry of Culture                                                                                 The Witch Hunters (Raško Miljković)
                 ●   Film supporting institutions:
                  Film Center Serbia,
                  Secretariat for Culture   THE FILM INDUSTRY IN SERBIA HAS BECOME                 most important such festivals in the world, Visions du
                  Autonomous Province       INCREASINGLY ACTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL                     Reel, organised a Focus on Serbia.
                  of Vojvodina              WITH SUPPORT FROM A RAFT OF INITIATIVES.               We also reported on the development of the tax incentive
                 ●   Admissions per capita: 0.59                                                   scheme launched in 2016. During Berlinale this year, it
                 PRODUCTION                 By Vladan Petkovic,                      was announced that the Serbian government had adopted
                 ●   Films produced (including                                                     the new Decree on Incentivising Investments in
                  co-productions): 16 fiction                                                      Production of Audiovisual Works, offering a 25% direct
                  + 12 documentaries                                                               cash rebate for shooting on location in Serbia, and
                 ●   Co-productions: fiction                                                       doubling the budget for 2018 to €6.7m. In 2016, total
                  (13 majority/3 minority),                                                        production in Serbia amounted to €20.8m, and in 2017,
                  documentaries (12                         N our article about Serbia in last year’s Cannes Market   the total investment in film production stood at €31.9m,
                  majority)                                 News, we singled out several events and developments   which is a direct result of the tax incentive. The list of
                 ●   Average production budget:             that showed promise for new Serbian cinema, and the   projects completed in 2017 includes McMafia (a BBC TV
                   €500,000                                 promise seems to be fulfilling everyone’s expectations,   series, serviced by Work in Progress), the Intrigo trilogy by
                 ●   Public funding available:             I and more. One of them was the success of Ognjen   Daniel Alfredson and Extinction (both from Universal
                  €5,120,000                              Glavonić’s Kosovo war-themed documentary Depth Two,   Pictures, serviced by Work in Progress), and Incoming
                                                          which came out of research Glavonić was doing for his   (Benattar/Thomas Productions, serviced by Red
                 THEATRICAL MARKET                        first fiction feature film, thriller The Load — and this film   Production), as well as the Indian blockbuster Vivegam
                 ●   Total gross BO: €13,644,952          is now world-premiering in Director’s Fortnight.   (serviced by Clockwork Film Production).
                 ●   Total admissions: 4,125,696          Serbian documentarists created their own association   Of course, these successes did not simply happen between two
                 ●   Average ticket price: €3.3           DOKSRBIJA, and in agreement with Film Center Serbia,   editions of Cannes Film Festival. They converged to this point
                 ●   National market share based          started working on amending legislature, establishing a   as a result of work on all levels in Serbian cinema: individual
                  on admissions (incl. minority           continuous collaboration with the national broadcaster,   drive and passion of filmmakers, increased participation in
                  co-productions): 13,97%                 and organising training programmes. In November 2017,   pan-European funding and training programmes, and efforts
                 ●   US majors market share based         Mila Turajlić’s The Other Side of Everything won the main   and actions of various people working in Serbian institutions
                  on admissions: 73%                      prize at IDFA, and Boris Mitić’s In Praise of Nothing played   and fighting a lack of understanding and inertia in political
                 ●   Independent and European             in the Masters section — by far the greatest success of   structures over a longer period.
                  market share based on                   Serbian documentary cinema ever. And this April,   Serbia’s MEDIA Desk reports a rare successful application
                  admissions: 9,84%                       Switzerland’s premium documentary event and one of the  for TV Programming funding among countries of low

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