Filming in Bulgaria


Bulgaria is a country full of unique and beautiful locations, from snow-topped mountains to sandy beaches, and a capital that brings together architectural influences from around the world. In fact, Bulgaria is seen on film surprisingly often, and Sofia has doubled up for Russia, Turkey, and a wide range of countries where filming isn’t always practical.

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One of the main attractions of filming in Bulgaria is the cost, and it’s one of the cheapest places to film in Europe. Getting permits is usually quick and easy, and in general the cost of living is low, making it attractive to productions on a tight budget.

Filming in Bulgaria

NEEDaFIXER BULGARIA can help by chasing up permits, finding the right crew, and ensuring things are delivered on time and on budget. While Bulgaria doesn’t have a huge domestic film industry, NeedaFixer can find local professionals to work on your shoot. We have contacts locally from directors and producers to runners, assistants, and make-up artists, so you can get the people you need. The vast majority of people in Bulgaria speak some level of English, so it often makes sense to hire a crew locally. Those travelling to Bulgaria from western passports can generally stay in the country for 90 days without needing a work permit. Casting can be a challenge in Bulgaria, as the country isn’t very diverse, so NeedaFixer can help by bringing in cast members from overseas. We can put together showreels to send you to before you

Casting can be a challenge in Bulgaria, as the country isn’t very diverse, so NeedaFixer can help by bringing in cast members from overseas. We can put together showreels to send you to before you travel and then arrange for the cast members you pick to be ready to film on the day. We can also arrange equipment hire, whether you need cameras, sound equipment, or even drones piloted by experts.

Bulgaria has been used as a filming location for a huge number of movies, although it’s usually disguised as another country. In the epic movie 300 – Rise of an Empire, it stood in for Ancient Rome, and in The Legend of Hercules, it became Ancient Greece. Various locations have been used, from the mountains to the cities, making it a versatile country to film. 

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NEEDaFIXER BULGARIA is experts in finding filming locations to suit all sorts of requirements. The capital of Sofia is an excellent place to film, as there are traditional and modern areas, plus architecture that’s Roman, Byzantine, and much more. In Septembers of Shiraz, the city stood in for Iran, while in the 2008 remake of Day of the Dead it became a small town in Colorado. Some of The Expendables 2 was set in Bulgaria, and the city was turned into a gritty backdrop for the action scenes. The backlot at Boyana Film Studios is often used for historical dramas, and it has several large scale sets, as well as amazing mountain views.

What can our fixers in Bulgaria do for you?

Our team of fixers in Bulgaria make it easy for you to shoot in the country and stay within your budget. Whether you want to film in the heart of Sofia, or out in the mountains, we ensure cast and crew are transported and can arrange everything from equipment hires to accommodation.

Because Bulgaria has four distinct seasons, it’s possible to film all year round, and we can help those who want to film in more isolated locations. Just contact [email protected] to find out more.

Our fixers can support you with all aspects of the filming process. From finding the right location and sourcing equipment to overseeing the production and performing post-production work, we’ll make the process as smooth as possible.

We Have an International Network of Film Production Talent

Our services span many locations and we’re proud of our international network of talent. Europe is a beautiful continent, with so many diverse countries. Bulgaria is the perfect alternative to shooting in London, which everyone knows is an expensive city.

We’ll use our industry knowledge and access to a diverse talent pool to make sure we complete your project and get in on the screen in the fastest time possible.

Popular Bulgarian Filming Locations


The capital of Bulgaria is ideal for all sorts of productions and can be adapted to resemble other countries. It has stood in for Iran, Moscow, and many other places where filming might be more difficult.


On the outskirts of Sofia, the small mountain town of Vitosha feels isolated, yet is easy to reach. There’s a national park surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, and the town stood in for Alaska in The Fourth Kind.

Devetashka Cave

The rather spooky Devetashka Cave is said to house 30,000 bats, and it was used for a few scenes in The Expendables 2. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How easy is it to get permits?

It’s basically very easy. Permits are issued from a local police department. It takes from 5-10 days depending on scale/type of shoot.

Do I need a visa or work permit?

Since Bulgaria is a member of the EU a citizen of every other EU country is free to come here without any additional VISA or permit.

Can I hire equipment once there?

Indeed! There is a wide array of equipment /staff a production can hire, be it a full big-budget commercial or feature production or a small indie music video or online branded content.

What is the climate like?

Most of Bulgaria is considered to be a moderate continental climate with four distinct seasons! In south Bulgaria, there are two regions that are subtropical with hot and dry summers and mild winters.

Any other hot tips?

Basically, Bulgaria is a country with a very rich historical heritage.
Ranging from ancient Roman to medieval to late 19th century to the Communist regime.
Bulgaria has a lot to offer basically the “sky is the limit”.


’You guys were amazing! You delivered perfectly at short notice in a foreign country, introduced us to a lovely crew in both and really went the extra mile in making sure it was all taken care of and confirmed properly. I can’t thank you enough and look forward to working together again.’

Davo McConville

Free Lance Producer - Black Dog / RSA


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Producer / GPD

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