Why Turkey?

Turkey has an incredibly diverse range of locations that can double for almost anywhere in the world She is often called “the cradle of civilization,” as it has been home to a rich variety of tribes and nations of people since 6500 B.C. Hattis, Hittites, Phrygians, Urartians, Lycians, Lydians, Ionians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans have all held important places in Turkey’s history. Ancient sites and ruins throughout the country attest to each civilization’s unique character. 

Hollywood films produced in Turkey – including Skyfall, Argo and Taken 2 – have obtained a value-added-tax rebate of around 12 million Turkish lira (5.45 million USD) the culture and tourism ministry has said.

The rebate had been granted in co-ordination with the Turkish Finance Ministry under regulations aimed at providing incentives to increase foreign film production in the country, the ministry said on Thursday.

Turkey has become a hub for foreign movies and associated industries since the government implemented an incentive package in 2004, the ministry said.

Foreign film companies have spent 80 million Turkish lira (37 million USD) on producing 18 movies in Turkey since 2011.

Cost Effective

Goods and services tax rebate provides incentives for film production in Turkey

Ease of Access

Turkey, being southeast corner of Europe, can be easily reached due to its well-developed transportation web. Turkey’s international airports handle over 9500 international flights per week, serving to more than 15 million visitors a year. In addition to Turkish Airlines, almost all of the respected airline companies fly directly to several cities in Turkey. The country is served by 36 ports of entry by sea. Trans European Motorway links Turkey to rest of the Europe, should heavy equipment be trucked.

Unique Locations

As being one of the best-kept secrets, Turkey has some of the most beautiful and varied natural landscapes in the world. It is surrounded by Black Sea in the north, Aegean Sea in the west and The Mediterranean in the south. Its in-land sea, Marmara is connected to The Black Sea and Aegean Sea by two one of its kind waterways, The Bosphorus and The Dardanelles. These embrace more than 5000 miles of unspoiled rocky and sandy beaches – some situated half an hour drive from mountain ski resorts, expansive fields, lush green forests, splendid lakes, rivers, waterfalls, vineyards, high mountains, even dormant volcanos and deserts. Unique landscapes such as Hierapolis- Limestone Terraces filled with warm water all through the year and Cappadocia- Fairy Chimneys, naturally formed rock formations. Thousands of years of old ancient ruins and more recent historic architecture coexist with hi-Tec office towers. Old Bazaars continue to thrive within walking distance of modern shopping malls. A wide range of landscapes that change noticeably in a space of few kilometres offers the possibility of shooting various takes in different surroundings within the same day.

Hi-Tech Equipments

World class filming equipment and post-production facilities can be found in Turkey, following the important investments made during the last decade. As a regular user of these services, Interfilm Istanbul has strong relationships with a range of suppliers allowing us to help you find the right equipment at the right price. If you choose to do so, you can hire almost all of your filming equipment here, from HD DV cams to full 35mm cameras, from cranes to mobile lighting. Anything that can not be sourced locally will be brought in easily from our suppliers in London, Paris, Munich or the States in a day or two.

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