Why should you shoot films in Moldova?

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Time efficiency & easy logistics

We are known as the country of 3 phone calls. Little to no bureaucracy. Easy to obtain filming permits. Easy customs procedure.

2
Closer than you think

Positive oriented: The trip to Moldova from anywhere in Europe will take you maximum 3 hours by plane.

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Talented Staff

Invested people, not afraid to break a sweat.

4
Soviet Time Machine

We got plenty of filming locations, full of soviet-era atmosphere: architecture, bunkers, statues, monuments, and much more, all with well-preserved details.

5
Friendly business system

12% Corporate income tax 7% Moldova IT Park tax Overall simple process for registering a business

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Investment platforms

7 Free Economic Zones, 8 Industrial Parks

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Low Operating Costs

Feasible Utility Prices Affordable Rental Prices

The Republic of Moldova is located in the central part of Europe, in the north-eastern Balkans, on a territory of 33843.5 km2.

The capital is the city of Chisinau. To the north, east and south it is surrounded by Ukraine, and to the west – separated from Romania by the Prut river.

The total length of the national border is 1906 km, including 1222 km – with Ukraine, 684 km – with Romania. The northernmost point of the country is the village of Naslavcea (480 21′ N 270 35′ E), and the southernmost is Giurgiulesti (450 28′ N 280 12′ E), which is also the country’s only locality on the banks of the Danube. The most western point is the village of Criva (48 0 16′ N 26 0 30′ E), the most eastern – the village of Palanca (46 0 25′ N 300 05’E).

The Republic of Moldova is part of the group of countries of the Black Sea basin. With these, as well as with the Danube states, it maintains close mutually beneficial commercial ties. Its southern border stretches almost down to the Black Sea, the outlet to the sea opening through the Nistru river estuary and the Danube river.

The physical-geographical position of the Republic of Moldova determined the various peculiarities of its natural conditions.

The relief of the country is a hilly plain, sloping from northwest to southeast with an average altitude of about 147 m above sea level. In its central part is Codrii, the highest region, with a maximum altitude of 429.5 m (Bălăneşti hill, Nisporeni district) and strongly fragmented by valleys of various sizes. Erosional processes and landslides conditioned the formation of hollows, which present some amphitheatres in the space of which rural localities are located. The picturesque landscape of the woods, which is very similar to a premontane region prompted Russian geomorphologist and pedologist Vasili Dokuceaev to nickname it “Bessarabian Switzerland”. The southwest of the country and the territory on the lower reaches of the Nistru have a less fragmented, plain relief.

An integral part of Europe, the Republic of Moldova has a rich history. Being located in the contact zone of different cultural and historical currents – Carpatho-Balkan, Central-European and Eurasian – during several millennia it harmoniously combined the various cultural traditions of the Proto-Indo-European populations, as well as of the most archaic branches of the Indo-Europeans, including of the Thracians, Slavs, Celts, Goths, Huns. Along the way, they acquired specific and unrepeatable features.

On the territory of the Republic of Moldova, there are particularly many historical-archaeological monuments (about eight thousand), whose cultural-historical value is included in the context of general European human values.

The territory of Moldova has been populated since ancient times. Numerous archaeological remains confirm the fact that people have inhabited these places since the Lower Paleolithic era (about 500 thousand years ago).

One of the most remarkable cultures, namely Cucuteni-Tripolie, with incomparable achievements in the field of art of those times, was established at the end of the 5-4 millennia BC, in the Eneolithic era.

The existence of the Geto-Dacian civilization dates back to the 6-1 centuries BC, this being spread in all areas of Moldova. Starting with the year 105 BC. BC, following Emperor Trajan’s victories over Dacia, its population was Romanized, taking over the language and culture of the Roman Empire from its victors.

After the evacuation of the Roman legions from these lands (year 271, during the reign of Emperor Aurelian), we see the beginning of the era of “migratory peoples” (Goths, Huns, Avars, Slavs), which ends with the establishment in 1359 of the Moldavian feudal state, whose founder is considered Bogdan I.

In 1812, as a result of the Russian-Turkish Peace Treaty in Bucharest, the eastern part of Moldova, located between the rivers Prut and Nistru, under the name of Bessarabia, was annexed to the Russian Empire, being a Russian governorate until 1918.

In 1918, the supreme body of state power in Bessarabia, Sfatul Tarii (the Country Council), took the decision to unite the land with Romania, a status-quo that lasted until 1940, when, as a result of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact of 1939, the region was annexed by the Soviet Union. It functioned as a territorial unit within the USSR until the last decade of the 20th century.

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova became an independent and sovereign state.

The climate of the Republic of Moldova is moderately continental – short and mild winter and with little snow, long warm summers with insignificant amounts of precipitation, which they fall to the bottom during the warm period of the year in the form of short rain showers.

Along with the positive parts of the climate – a long warm period of the year, mild winters, the abundance of sunshine and heat – there are also negative aspects: occasional dry air and great weather variability.

The Republic of Moldova has an emerging market economy, being classified as an upper-middle income country and having a high human development index. Due to the favorable climate and fertile land, the maximum weight in the economy was represented by the agricultural sector for a long time, currently being replaced by the service sector. The main Moldovan products are fruits, vegetables, wine and tobacco, however, recently the country also started exporting wiring, electronic equipment and tools for automobiles. After 1990, Moldova entered a strong economic decline, from which it did not recover until the 2000s. With a GDP per capita of 3,500 dollars per year (2017), Moldova imports oil, coal and natural gas, mainly from Russia.