Big-budget Hollywood films and TV shows have a long-standing tradition of filming outside of the Golden State, mostly for the sake of finding cheaper locations to film in. Various cities, states and countries woo productions by offering lucrative tax incentives, and after losing ground to the UK and France, Germany has announced plans to offer competition to their European counterparts with a substantial increase in subsidies.
Late last week, the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) announced plans to offer up $80 million to international productions in 2017, $26 million more than in 2016. Monika Grutters, the country’s cultural minister, also made claims that this almost 50-percent jump is just the beginning. In 2018, the amount of subsidies are expected to receive an even larger boost in an effort to show Germany is committed to capturing the attention of filmmakers.