Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, has become an indispensable location for the European film industry. It is a hidden gem in the heart of Europe with its cobblestone streets, historic squares, majestic churches and contemporary buildings that offer a rich and diverse visual palette adaptable to any cinematic genre from historical dramas and romances to thrillers and independent films.

The Old Town of Vilnius, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a vibrant testament to its past and impeccable preservation, making it a natural setting for films set in different eras. This exceptional heritage will be showcased in detail during the upcoming Shooting Locations Marketplace in Valladolid on October 15th and 16th 2024.

City of architectural contrasts

Vilnius is a city of architectural contrasts that blends centuries of history with a modern and avant-garde touch. Its narrow streets, Baroque churches, and historic squares provide an ideal backdrop for historical dramas and romances. Moreover, the contrast between medieval structures and modern commercial and residential areas offers unique versatility for a wide range of cinematic genres.

The neighborhood of Užupis, known for its bohemian spirit and artistic community, adds a contemporary and alternative flavor. This self-proclaimed republic within Vilnius is famous for its art galleries, cafes, and creative atmosphere ideal for more experimental or independent productions.


Source: Vilnius Film Office

Ease and support for productions

Vilnius also offers robust infrastructure to support the film industry through the Vilnius Film Office, which facilitates filming permits, location scouting, and connections with local suppliers. Moreover, Lithuania provides an attractive 30% tax rebate for international productions, making Vilnius financially appealing as a filming destination.

With its ability to adapt to the needs of diverse cinematic productions, Vilnius firmly establishes itself as a premier filming location, having hosted renowned international productions like HBO’s “Chernobyl” and BBC’s “War and Peace“, leveraging its rich history and architecture to recreate different eras and locales.