Czech Ambassador to Serbia Tomas Kuchta said Czech company SEBRE intends to rebuild Avala Film’s studio complex and turn it into one of the main film production centers in Europe.
The project, which received the status of project of exceptional importance for the Republic of Serbia in 2019, involves not only the reconstruction of the film studio but also the construction of some 3,000 apartments for 8,000 people.
SEBRE plans to modernize and transfer knowledge from other European film studios such as the Barrandov Film Studio in Prague. The goal is to produce new films here, as well as digitize old ones,” Ambassador Kuchta said in an interview for Real Estate Magazine.
The complex spans over 40,000 square meters and the plan is to completely modernize outdated or non-functional buildings. As a reminder, in 2020, environmental activists had demonstrated here, claiming that the construction of a residential complex on the site of the film studio would lead to the destruction of part of the Košutnjak forest.
The owner of Avala Film denied this and said the construction would not take place in the forest area, which is public property, but in a “neglected area”, where the film studios are currently located.
Belgrade’s Chief Urban Planner Marko Stojčić said in September 2020 that there will be no tree felling in Košutnjak and that the Municipal Assembly has halted the development of the previous urban plan.
However, the Ne Davimo Beograd movement contradicted this statement and stated that they had received a letter from the Secretariat of Town Planning and Construction in Belgrade, stating that the regulatory plan for Košutnjak was still being drawn up, resulting in a deforestation.
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