A consortium of more than 20 Serbian production companies backed by the USAID Serbia Competitiveness Project announced the conception of Film In Serbia at the Locations Trade Show in Santa Monica over the weekend.

The member producers will serve on an advisory board and work with the USAID Serbia Competitiveness Project, a US government initiative, to establish a film commission by 2010.

In the past two years Serbia has been the location for such titles as Endgame Entertainment’s The Brothers Bloom, RAI’s Einstein, Europa Corp’s District 13 – Ultimatum, and Berlinale entry Human Zoo by Rie Rasmussen. Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus is scheduled to start shooting in Belgrade in spring 2010.

“We would love to meet anyone interested in the advantages of the Serbian film industry,” Andjelka Vlaisavljevic, a leading Serbian producer and member of the advisory committee of the Serbia Film Commission, said.

“In recent years, Serbia has re-emerged as a very attractive international film destination. Belgrade is a hot new cosmopolitan destination for international, feature, documentary and commercial film markets. The country is buzzing with an unparalleled energy.”
The USAID Serbia Competitiveness Project was launched in 2007 to promote international economic development of key Serbian industries.

“Serbia offers an exceptionally attractive locale for international productions,” Sharon R Valentine, deputy director of the USAID Serbia Competitiveness Project, said. “It is extremely cost-competitive, has highly skilled technical and creative talent and production facilities, a solid industry infrastructure, a legacy of global film production in the country, strong film incentives, and a diversity of unique locations.”