Romania, Film Financing and Television Programming: A Taxation Guide

Romania, Film Financing and Television Programming

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Romania’s business infrastructure has improved significantly, with new private enterprises and new equipment to serve the needs of both Romanian and international filmmakers. In the past few years, the film industry in Romania has been developing rapidly with an increase in both the number of movies made and in the quality of film productions, as a number of Romanian films have won prestigious awards in international film festivals. Foreign film producers have also been showing an increasing interest in our country, thanks to the recent development of the sector.

Romania – A Member of the European Union

Romania became a member state of the European Union (EU) on January 1, 2007 and succeeded in largely adopting the EU acquis in respect of audiovisual policies. 

The ratification of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television and the adoption of a considerable amount of secondary legislation on the basis of the Audiovisual Law (in force since July 2002) represent major developments in the audiovisual sector. 

Film Industry in Romania

According to a survey of the National Cinema Centre performed at the end of 2013, there are 71 film production companies and 12 major film distribution companies registered in Romania. Local film production companies offer support in projects related to film (including music videos, short and long documentaries, and feature films), TV and commercial productions, including casting, production and post-production equipment, film crews, costumes, props, construction of sites, makeup, and special effects. Any individual or company that performs activities in the field of cinematography needs to register with the Cinema Registry. The Cinema Registry is administered by the National Cinema Centre. 

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