14 November 2019 – The European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN) has announced the finalists for the Best European Film Location award.
Among the ten finalists this year is one location in Croatia – Završje, which is a small village near Grožnjan in Istria. Završje was one of the filming locations in 2017 for the film Robin Hood: Origins.
The opening scenes of the film, which sees Robin Hood coming from the ruins of his hometown and deciding to take the fight against the notorious Sheriff of Nottingham, were filmed in Završje.
The cobblestone roads wind upward leading to an ancient church and church tower built in the 16th century in the village. Next to the church is the magnificent Završje castle, built in the 11th century. The film, directed by Otto Bathurst and starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan, was also filmed in Dubrovnik and released.
The 10 destinations among the finalists for the awards are:
Greece – Athens
Hellenic Film Commission
The Little Drummer Girl by Chan-wook Park (2018)
Lithuania – City of Vilnius
Vilnius Film Office
Chernobyl by Craig Mazin (2018)
Germany – Delphi Theatre
Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission
Babylon Berlin by Henk Handloegten, Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries (2017)
North Macedonia – Dorfulija
North Macedonia Film Agency
Honeyland by Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov (2012-2018)
Spain – El Hierro
Canary Islands Film
Hierro by Jorge Coira (2018)
Ireland – Luggala
Vikings by Michael Hirst (2018)
Ukraine – Lviv
Lviv Film Commission
Eva.Stories by Mati Kochavi, Maya Kochavi (2018)
Italy – Rocca Guidonesca di Rocchettine
Roma Lazio Film Commission
Il Nome della Rosa by Giacomo Battiato (2018)
Belgium – Royal Brussels
Les Miserables by Tom Shankland (2018)
Croatia – Završje
Istria Film Commission
Robin Hood by Otto Bathurst (2018)
This is the third year that the European Film Commissions Network, in cooperation with Cineuropa, have organised the awards for the best European location for the film and TV industries.
Public voting is open until 30 December on the official website here.