Beyond low production costs, a wide variety of versatile locations, good English speaking crews by US standards, studios with generous back lots and large sound stages, the expansion of the European Union, steady economic growth and globalization have now combined to make Romania an even more attractive destination for Commercial, TV, Streaming, or Feature Film productions coming from the U.S., Asia and Europe. After years of defining the trend in European filmmaking, ripping a slew of awards in all major world film competitions, and bringing to fruition successful co-productions with European partners, the Romanian producers are ready to ally themselves with their US counterparts to co-produce for the world market. The Romanian Film Fund (CNC) uses a revolving door system of grants, rather than tax incentives. Chiefly designed to support local productions, it is also available for co-productions.
In 2016, The Romanian Film Fund participated in the financing of 12 live-action and 1 documentary feature, (ALL CO-PRODUCTIONS with European partners). Additionally, of 8 live-action features, 4 documentaries and 1 animation feature 100% were produced by Romanian companies alone. The total amount invested in these and several other short films productions surpassed $10 million USD.
Since 1991, when the first US producers landed in the post-communist Romania, over 400 U.S., European and Asian productions and numerous international commercials were shot in Romania.