Austria

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

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The FISA objective is to escalate the quality, the attractiveness, and therefore the international distribution of feature films. In doing so, the initiative significantly impacts their international competitiveness. FISA is designed to provide partial financing for film productions in form of a non-repayable...

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The support of the State of Salzburg for commercial film productions wants to invite national as well as international film and TV producers to take advantage of the City and State of Salzburg as a traditional and well-established film location. The main aim of the film support program is to promote...

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The primary objective of the Vienna Film Fund, Vienna is to strengthen the film and media industry as well as a hub of international filmmaking. Film Promotion is promotion of culture, but also economic development in a general sense and contributes to the maintenance of employment in the film industry,...

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Funding film and TV projects of significance for the region and with potential for international distribution.

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Cinetirol aims to position the Tirol as the leading location in the Alps and to attract a meaningful variety of domestic and international film projects. Services are designed to support and develop the location in Tirol. Cinetirol offers Location Services as well as a Production Incentive.

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Cinestyria Film Commission and Fonds offers a one stop address for all filming and TV projects launched in Styria, with special emphasis on their possible exploitation internationally and the tourism value of the submitted projects. Film funding and film service are the two main activities of CINESTYRIA. Major...

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Lower Austria promotes film productions in the fields of cinema, television, new talents, and art that are either content-wise or personally connected to Lower Austria or produced in Lower Austria.

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To boost the quality of the film production in the region

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The Austrian Film Institute is a federal institution established to provide funding for Austrian films (AF) with regard to cultural and economic aspects. The provided funding aims particularly at, a) supporting the production, promotion and marketing of AF for national audience and international recognition,b)...

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Regulation

For a stay of less than 3 months, all EU member states and the following countries are exempt from the obligation of obtaining a
Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, St. Christoph and Nevis, Switzerland, South Korea, United States (USA), Uruguay, Venezuela., Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, St. Christoph and Nevis, Switzerland, South Korea, United States (USA), Uruguay, Venezuela.
For more details please consult: http://www.austria.org/visa-application/

Citizens of the EU and EEA member states (with the exception of Bulgaria and Romania, that will remain subject to the Foreigners' Employment until 31 December 2013) have free access to the Austrian labour market.
There are two possible ways for the candidate to be employed with a permit:


  • as the direct employee of an Austrian company, this is a Sicherungsbescheinigung (Secured work certificate) application

  • as the employee of a foreign company that is providing services to an Austrian company, Entsendebewilligung (Assignment permit). In this scenario, an Austrian accountant must administer the payrolling of the candidate to ensure that all tax and social security is duly paid

  • For non EU citizens, a work permit does not allow the candidate to travel to or reside in Austria. Once the work permit has been approved the candidate should apply for a residence visa (type D), because a Schengen (type C) visa is not sufficient to take up employment with a work permit. After a three days stay in Austria, all foreign residents must register with the responsible authority

Properties: owner’s permission to film a property is required if foot is set on said property in the course of filming, or, access to a unique view on the property is gained from an uncommon viewpoint (“Private Property Right” – ”Hausrecht”). Aerial photography: no permits are required for and filming from a private aircraft and other private airborne vehicles (e.g. hot-air balloons). It is required for commercial airliners. Before editing and publication of the film material, a copy of all the material shot (prints of pho­tos or VHS tapes) and a written application specifying the position from the air, is to be submitted to the Federal Ministry of Defense. If no military installations were pho­tographed or filmed, a fee-based publication permit is usually granted one week after submission. Copyrighted work/artwork (i.e. paintings, sculptures): a reproduction, adaptation, or alteration permit from the copyright owner generally needs to be obtained. Public access to street images: can also be extended to interior parts of a building, such as a staircase, courtyard, lobby, individual halls and rooms, interior architecture, glass windows, and frescos as long as the reproduction of the interior and exterior can be seen as one unified image. Compliance with this interpretation of the “public access provision“ is examined on a case-by-case basis.

Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, Professional Equipment. For detailed information visit http://wko.at/

VAT standard rate in Austria is 20% (since Jan 1984). Reduced VAT rate of 10% applies to tourism services, food and agriculture. Threshold for VAT registration in Austria is EUR 30,000 turn over Austria VAT Recovery Time: 6 months

Austrian copyright law is, similar to most other continental European countries, which focus on a natural person, the creator of a piece of work or art to be the original copywright owner. Austrian copyright law always requires a natural person, the creator of the work, to be the original copywright owner. Artificial persons, or legal entities, can either be original owners of “ancillary copyrights”, a related law (”Leistungsschutzrecht”), or, owners of various exclusive and non-exclusive (work) user licenses derived by the author. Furthermore, Austrian copyright law embraces distinct personal copyright rights, some unrenounceable, such as the right to claim copyright, the right to publish the contents of the work, the right to keep the integrity of the work, etc. A piece of work is protected as a whole and as its individual parts, for example, one also needs permission from the copyright owner to only use a few bars of a song. In compliance with an EU directive, a 70-year protection period post mortem auctoris generally applies for copyrighted work in Austria.   Ref: Federal Law on Copyright in Works of Literature and Art and on Related Rights (Copyright Act) (as last amended in 1998) (http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/details.jsp?id=204)

Pension and lnvalidity 22,8% (50% employee/50% employer) / Unemployement 6,7% / Disease 6,9 % / Other (Union Fee paid by the employer)1,2%

Employers are required to sign up insurance for their employees before the commencement of work, employers are obliged to sign up their employees (health, accident, pension, and unemployment insurance) according to the General Social Insurance Act [Allgemeines Sozialversicherungsgesetz (ASVG)].>

Film commissions

Klagenfurt

The Carinthia Film Commission (CFC in brief) is a joint project between the province of Carinthia and Kärnten Werbung with the aim of giving visibility to the stunning landscape of Carinthia and the cultural variety of the region in national and international film and cinema productions, and strengthening...

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Innsbruck

The Cine Tirol Film Commission - Tirol Werbung GmbH aims to position the Tirol as the leading location in the Alps and to attract a meaningful variety of domestic and international film projects. Services are designed to support and develop the location in Tirol. Cinetirol offers Location Services as...

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Graz

CINESTYRIA Film Commission and Fonds offers a one stop address for all filming and TV projects launched in Styria, with special emphasis on their possible exploitation internationally and the tourism value of the submitted projects. Film funding and film service are the two main activities of CINESTYRIA. Major...

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Salzburg

Filmlocation was established as part of SalzburgAgentur to strengthen this position and the film industry in Salzburg. This service and consulting center serves as a "first-stop shop" offering bundled assistance and services from a single location, especially for commercial film and television productions...

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Vienna

Location Austria, Austria’s national film commission, is the first point of contact to international producers of film, TV, documentaries, commercials and video and offers a broad range of complimentary services: › Assistance in finding an internationally experienced Austrian co-production partner...

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St. Pölten

The LOWER AUSTRIAN Film Commission is the central contact for filmmakers and regional service providers for the film industry in Lower Austria. It provides service for the filming of national and international film productions and supports the full spectrum of art of filmmaking, documentaries, feature...

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Vienna

As an institution of the City of Vienna, Vienna Film Commission supports national and international film productions filming in Vienna including feature films, documentaries, student films and free commercials. The Vienna Film Commission coordinates the communication processes between the City Council...

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Coproduction Treaties

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