Greater Copenhagen is an easy access-region for productions. Permits for public space shootings are free of charge and can usually be obtained within 3-5 days, and better safe than sorry! Read more about the specific rules below.
A permit must normally be obtained from the location owner or public authority for all types of film or photo shoots on location in Denmark.
Applications for permits must contain exact information about who wants to shoot what, where and when.
The cost of a permit for shootings at private spaces varies according to the location, as well as the nature and size of the production. Generally, the cost level is very reasonable compared with other European capitals.
Film Greater Copenhagen recommends all international productions to work with a local location manager and a production company. It is obviously an advantage to have local knowledge about the required permits for carrying out any kind of production, however big or small. This guarantees that the production will finish on schedule and on budget.
Working with a location manager it rarely takes more than three to five business days to obtain a shooting permit in the Greater Copenhagen.
Film Greater Copenhagen is on call to guide you through the necessary permits and provide information about what people and government agencies to contact. Give us a call +45 2674 8920.
Where possible, obtain written consent from anyone shown on camera. If an individual is the focus of a particular shot or video then consent is essential. If you have captured an individual in the background of a shot and they are clearly identifiable, you will also need their consent. Remember that even if someone’s face is obscured, they could still be identifiable in other ways (i.e. through their car number plate).
Film companies in the Greater Copenhagen region generally have fixed agreements with an insurance company about insurance for on-location shooting. If you are an international production company and you wish to shoot without using a local insurance company, the Film Commission will help you locate suitable insurance providers. Always make sure to settle any insurance and liability issues with your local insurance provider in the region.
ATA Carnet is widely accepted and recommended for the importation of goods for film production. ATA Carnet allows the temporary importation of goods without the need of making deposit/guarantee or submitting any Customs Declaration.
The ATA Carnet is an international customs document that permits duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods for up to one year. The initials “ATA” are an acronym of the French and English words “Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission.”
ATA Carnets cover commercial samples, professional equipment, goods for presentation or use at trade fairs, shows, exhibitions and the like. That means almost anything, including photographic and film equipment. These items can cross borders duty-free and tax-free, thanks to ATA Carnets.
Armed with their ATA Carnet, filmmakers can make advance customs arrangements at predetermined cost, visit more than one country, use their ATA Carnet for several trips during its one-year validity, return to their home country with their goods – without problems or delays.
Read more about ATA carnet here.
For visits of up to 90 days visas are not required for most Western nationals, including Americans, citizens of EU countries, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, Malaysians, Singaporeans and most South Americans.
Residents of other countries should check requirements with a Danish embassy.
Applications for visas (stays of less than 3 months), residence permits (stays of more than 3 months) or work permits have to be submitted to a Danish mission abroad, i.e. embassies and certain consulates general.
The Danish corporate tax rate is 25%, which is below the European average. The effective rate is less, however, as business expenses and depreciation are deductible.
Denmark is among the countries in the world that have entered into the most tax treaties to avoid double taxation. Denmark has a special tax regime for expatriates. Foreigners working in Denmark benefit from the Danish welfare system. If you are a key employee or a researcher, you may also benefit from the favorable 25% tax scheme. Expatriates working in the country up to five years are taxed at a flat rate of 25% for the first three years.
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