Geography & Climate
When it comes to Russia a potential visitor normally thinks of stereotypical cold winters and vast planes covered with snow. However, it’s much more diverse. Russia is the largest country in the world covering the territory of more than 17 000 000 sq. meters (10 000 000 sq. miles), spreading over 5 climate zones. That provides filmmakers with thousands of filming locations depending on their preferences and script.
Russia’s climate varies dramatically:
• Winters in Russia’s European part are nothing like as terrifying as many myths have it. In Moscow and St. Petersburg the first snow usually falls in late November and stays till early April.
• Down south, Russia’s vast steppe is hot and dry. Winters are short but cold.
• There are cities in Russia where the weather resembles the climate of the French Riviera or some American States. The Black Sea resort of Sochi makes up for the rest of the country with a sizzling 35°C (95° F) between June and August – it is Russia’s top summer holiday spot. The mountains of Caucasus also boast of welcoming climate with warm and sunny spring and autumn, rainy summer and rare snow in winter.
• On the other side of the Ural Mountains, Siberia – contrary to its popular image – isn’t the land of eternal ice. It does have a summer – actually quite a warm and pleasant one, with temperatures climbing to 20°C (68° F) and higher. But, winters are really cold.
• In the Far East, inland areas can get very hot with a tropical 40°C (104° F) and cold winters. Coastal regions are much cooler and wetter.
No matter what landscape or season you are looking for Russia has it.
On November 7th 2019 the then-PM of the Russia signed the new Incentives program (Act #1420) set to be launched in late 2020. As per program foreign filmmakers can expect up to 40% return on their production spending through a local production company.
A general overview of the program