Funding bodies

Fund Goal

The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including...

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Fund Goal

To encourage co-operation between professionals working in different countries by providing financial support to European co-productions.

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Fund Goal

Film Center Serbia was established with the goal: to creatively stimulate and administer financial support to the Serbian Film Industry for screenplay and project development, film production and post-production, distribution and screenings; to create a legal and administrative framework for the development...

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For a stay of up to 90 days, visas are not required for the citizensof the following countries: European Union, Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, St Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.
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Serbia is not a member of the EU or EEA; all foreigners need a work permit.
To obtain a work permit:
- Foreigners entering Serbia for business purposes need a business trip visa (not a work permit or residence permit), but in practice the immigration authorities will authorize the entry into the country without a business visa for foreigners coming to Serbia for up to 90 days as tourists (including citizens from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland).
- Expatriates employed or seconded to Serbia will require a residence/business and work permit. First of all, the expatriate has to obtain a “White card” (residence address registration) by registering at the Municipal station with the Ministry of Interior (within 24 hours of arrival).
A residence permit should be applied for within three days of arrival with the Police Office for expatriates. The following documents are required amongst others: valid passport, completed application form and the “White card” issued by the Municipal police station, employment contract (translated into Serbian, stating that the employment will start after obtaining the residence permit in Serbia), and a letter by the Serbian company explaining the need for the expatriate’s skills and qualifications. Once the residence permit has been obtained, a work permit has to be applied for submitting similar documents as for the residence permit. The residence and work permits are issued for 6 months and are renewable.

No official permission is required for feature film shoots or any other type of production other than the normal requirement for permission from the owner of the authority responsible for the location in question.

Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, Professional Equipment. For detailed information visit

VAT standard rate in Serbia is 20%. Reduced rates of 8% and 0%. VAT is charged on sale of goods and services, as well as on imports (with exception of exports of goods that are usually taxed with 0%) to Serbia. Are exempt from VAT: exports from Serbia, income from financial services, such as insurance and banking services, investment income and services like: Educational services, Medical services, Cultural services, Gifts and charity donations, Rent (when used for housing purposes only), Land, Services of organizing lotteries and gambling, Transportation

The copyright Law regulates the rights of the authors of literary, scientific and artistic works (hereinafter: the copyright), right of performers, right of the first publisher of a free work, rights of producers of phonograms, videograms, broadcasts and databases, and rights of the editors of printed editions as rights related to the copyright (hereinafter: the related rights), the way of exercising the copyright and related rights and the judicial protection of such rights. Ref: Law on Copyright and Related Rights 2009 (  

Social security rates for 2011: 11.00% for employers and employees each for pension and disability insurance, 6.15% for employers and employees each for health insurance, 0.75% for employers and employees each for unemployment insurance. The minimum base for social security contributions is 35% of the average monthly salary in Serbia. The maximum base is 5 times the average monthly salary.

Film Commissions


The principal aim of the Serbia Film Commission is to promote and develop Serbia as a cost-effective, high-quality, competitive destination for international filmmaking, and to provide information and support to international filmmakers considering using Serbia for their productions. The commission...

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Coproduction treaties

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