Shooting the series Game of Thrones, put Dubrovnik on world film charts. Media exposure did not go unnoticed, so Dubrovnik has already served as a film set for the American series “Dig”, and Indian film “Fan”.This is a big thing for the additional development of tourism in Dubrovnik, which, when viewed last year, has achieved record results. There were 932.621 arrivals, which is a total of 8% more than the year before. During 2015, 3,3 million overnight stays were realized, or 6% more than in 2014. Of the total number of overnight stays, foreign tourists realized 3,1 million. Last year was also the year of the flourishing of private accommodation, which recorded an increase of as much as 24%.Dubrovnik will soon host the world’s most famous film series, which attracts a lot of attention and has a huge number of fans around the world. It’s about Star Wars, which has earned more than four billion dollars since the first and fourth episodes, recorded almost 40 years ago (1977), and the franchise itself (toys, video games, DVD…) is estimated at around 32 billion. So many greenbacks have been provided to George Lucas and society by loyal fans, who are eagerly awaiting new sequels.From March 9 to 16, Dubrovnik will host another mega popular film series – Star Wars. We asked the first man of the city, Mayor Andro Vlahušić, how the cooperation and agreement came about and what Dubrovnik as a city has to do with it.”Apart from heritage and culture, Dubrovnik has a film-oriented city administration that has been diligently working for the past 7 years to ensure conditions for large foreign productions to take place in public spaces, indoors, in institutions.” The financial effects of previous cooperation advertising, media coverage, articles in the world’s leading magazines and newspapers, not to mention web publications, blogs, social networks. Everything is reflected in the tourism industry on which the economy of Dubrovnik is based. When a Michael Fassbender mentions Dubrovnik in a New York Times article and enthusiastically talks about how he was received, what is the value of such an announcement, which is not ordered, but is real and real? ”City of Dubrovnik / Dubravko LenertAlthough there are no official and exact data on the number of tourists who decided to visit Dubrovnik only due to the fact that the Game of Thrones embodied the King’s parapet, this number is certainly not negligible. Confirmation of this are the numerous posts on social networks recorded by fans in the most impressive locations used in the series. This is supported by the fact that a large number of tourist tours with themes from the series and even themed weddings have been introduced.”The city did not sit idly by. Last year, we opened a Visitor Center at the Benedictine Monastery on Lokrum, one of the filming locations, with a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Game of Thrones series. The central part of the exhibition is occupied by the original HBO replica of the Iron Throne made especially for us, while a significant part of the exhibition is related to interesting facts from the history of Lokrum, and numerous legends associated with the island. – said Vlahušić.Although, as he has already said, the financial effects of the cooperation so far are incalculable, the mayor notes that the goal is not to add money. The production teams almost always met with logistical support and securing the locations for the filming, and they paid all the real costs to the City and the utility companies.”Consumption is also significant in the private sector, because many of our fellow citizens are engaged as extras, and we are especially pleased that the cooperation usually takes place regularly with Croatian and Dubrovnik professionals.”How do you look at Dubrovnik in the future, that is, the further development of film tourism. There are growing rumors that the third-largest franchise in terms of earnings, James Bond, could also be filmed in Dubrovnik and that negotiations are ongoing.“We believe James Bond will come at the end of the story. In a world where there are four, five big film / TV franchises, most of them have arrived in Dubrovnik. Our contacts are wide, but we do not trade but create conditions to be in the City that had Duška Popova, one of the templates for Fleming ‘s story of the first James Bond, connects the beginning and continuation of one of the following Bonds. Dubrovnik does not care about time but quality. The arrival of Bond because of the above can only be his return home. ”What is the general collaboration with production companies, whose films are shot in Dubrovnik. Are they demanding, are they looking for something that is hard to fulfill, are they behaving like movie stars?”No, we manage to agree on everything. Their requirements are realistic, and are defined by the specifics of individual productions. For example the Bollywood spectacle Fan starring one of the most popular actors from that market, Shah Rukh Khan, and whose trailer was released on February 29, was seen by almost 24 million people in the first 3 hours alone. It is a huge market and quantitatively the world’s largest production, and the action scenes of the chase on the rooftops in the historic center and the motor chases in the old city port are really impressive. Especially demanding in terms of production, due to the large insurance, was the scene of the so-called. the Queen of Cersei’s walk of shame in the fifth season of Game of Thrones. It was necessary to completely close part of the city, but everything went smoothly. Now, for the first time, we are completely closing Stradun. Filming will take place in the evening and at night, so that the special regime of movement inside the walls will not cause major problems for citizens and tourists. We are committed as a city of good hosts, we understand the importance that such a promotion brings to Dubrovnik and we are happy to work only with the best, but we welcome all productions that want to come to film in our city. “City of Dubrovnik / Dubravko LenertAre you seriously considering building a large film studio in Dubrovnik, as could already be read on some portals? This would probably make Dubrovnik even more attractive to production companies.”In the whole story about Dubrovnik becoming a real film mecca, we had the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the Government, Embassy Film, but right at the very beginning the idea of a film studio crystallized. We have made an analysis of European film studios, we know their sizes, advantages, disadvantages, shooting prices in these studios. We even found several locations suitable for the construction of studios in a circle of about 30 kilometers around Dubrovnik. The companies we worked with showed a great willingness to participate in co-financing and creating new content. We need a film studio and we as the City are willing to co-finance this project in different ways ” – Vlahušić emphasized and concluded that the studio could not only produce series and films for Croatia and the region, if necessary, but the studio could also be used for the needs of the Summer Games, festivals and everything that requires top technology and logistics.