Film Locations. Palau is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, some 800 km east of the Philippines and 3200 km south of Tokyo. Palau consists of tropical islands, a barrier reef, a coral atoll and unique uninhabited rock islands. The nation was the site of the American reality television program Survivor: Palau in 2005 and it is also the location of Survivor: Micronesia, airing in 2008.
Palau Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? Long shoot days all year around. Typical Pacific Island weather with warm clear days and stormy evenings. The climate is hot and humid, with a wet season from July to October.
Costs. Locations and talent costs themselves are inexpensive but since no filming infrastructure exists on the islands all crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. It is possible to get similar location looks in less expensive and better serviced production centres.
For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Please contact us for more specific weather and sun path information.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis.
Palauans are a mix of Melanesian, Micronesian and Malayan descent.
Creative talent. Palau has no pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers.
Please contact us for recommended directors, DoP's and photographers for your project.
Crews and Equipment. All need to be flown in.
Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. No fixed premiums apply. We package deals for local crew / talent.
Art department and set construction is very minimal.
Studios and Backlots don't exist.
Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for feature films or commercials shooting in Palau.
Film Stock and Post Production. None available locally.
Visas and Work Permits. Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. Contact your local Palauan embassy / representative for more information.
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are few and mostly unsealed. Palau International Airport provides scheduled direct flights to Guam, Taipei and Manila.
Accommodation. Options include:
Palau Pacific Resort
Palau Royal Resort
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, online advertising, corporate videos, stills campaigns, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Palau, please see below:
Our production service companies, line producers and fixers have serviced TV commercials, online advertising, corporate videos, stills campaigns, feature films, TV series and documentaries for:
AXA Belgium, BBC UK, Canon Singapore, Coca Cola Indonesia, Concord Canada, Dove Malaysia, Deutche Bank Germany, Dressman Sweden, Evian France, HBO USA, Heineken Ireland, Hyundai Korea, Intercontinental Hotels Global, ITC India, Kirin Japan, Kraft USA, Landrover UK, LG Korea, Meunil China, McDonalds Australia, MUFG Japan, Nikon Hong Kong, Nokia China, Orange Moblie Slovakia, Philips Netherlands, Proctor & Gamble USA, Chery Riich China, Rimowa Germany, Samsung Korea, Sinoland Hong Kong, Skipper Italy, Smirnoff USA, Sony United Arab Emirates, Stella Russia, Telefonica Spain, Vidal Sassoon China, Virgin Media UK, and much more.
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Palau, please contact us.
We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.