Filming in Chile. Looking for a film or photographic production service company, producer or fixer in Chile? Contact us for referrals, questions, bids and references. See below for an introduction to Chile locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.
Film Locations. Chile is a popular place for visiting productions to film opposite season looks. Given the country is as long as the US is wide, you can find a great variety of locations including deserts and glaciers, volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, beaches and rugged coastline, islands and lighthouses, lakes and rivers, deep old growth forests, rural settings, Spanish colonial looks, modern city architecture and American looking suburbs.
Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Atacama Desert, Andes Mountains, the colourful stilt village of Chiloe, Los Caracoles Road (ideal for car commercials), and Patagonia’s otherworldly landscapes of glaciers, mountains, islands and deserts.
Santiago is the capital and main entry point by air.
The remotely located Easter Island, famous for its stone heads, is also part of Chile.
Chile Film Location Permits. No extraordinary restrictions or rules apply. Permits for shooting in the city take normally no more than five working days. Some parts of Santiago are a little harder to permit and shooting is restricted to weekends. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? The Chilean climate is determined by the latitude, the proximity to the sea and the altitude.
The north of Chile is home to the Atacama Desert, the world’s driest desert. Summer (December to March) temperatures are very hot and winter (June to September) temperatures are mild with cold nights.
Central and southern Chile has a Mediterranean to temperate four-season climate. Summers are hot with long daylight hours. Falls are mild and rainy. Winters are rainy with heavy snowfalls in the Andes. Springs bring green fields and flowers in bloom.
Farther south in Patagonia, summers are mild with very long daylight hours and winters are very cold with very long nights.
Easter Island is best avoided during the wet season from May to June.
For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The Tapati Festival takes place on Easter Island every year in February. The Festival of the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated in the small Atacama desert town of La Tirana from June 12-17 every year.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Chile.
Costs. Chile on average is less expensive than both Brazil and Argentina. Santiago is the main production centre and all jobs need to travel from there which will add to the cost of filming when shooting in places like Atacama or Patagonia. That said, our locally based fixer / service producer will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Talent is non-union and talent costs are very affordable.
Depending on the specific talent, and product exclusivity a one year worldwide buyout is approximately:
Principle – $2000-$40000 USD
Secondary – $1500-$3000 USD
Featured Extra – $1000-$2000 USD
Chile has a sizeable variety of North American, European, African and Asian looks. There is definitely a ‘Chilean’ look which is not dissimilar to Italian or Spanish. There is also an Indigenous Indian influence as well.
To view an example of the local talent looks please visit:
Chile’s close proximity to Brazil and Argentina allows us to access those significant talent pools should you ever need to look further.
Crews. Chile has a small pool of local English speaking directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key and supporting crews are very experienced in servicing international productions. Crew members belong to an association but costs are flexible.
Contact us if you are looking for a Santiago based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Chile.
Fringes. Crew fringes are 24%.
Premiums. The base is a 10 hour day. With overtime at 1.5x base rate for the next 2 hours, then 2x base rate for the next 2 hours. The day is capped at 14 hours.
Equipment. Camera equipment is Arri. Most types of commonly used equipment is available – cranes, remote heads, camera car and process trailer. Some specialised equipment is also available locally such as the Russian Arm. Please see here for local equipment:
For productions looking to bring in film equipment Chile is an ATA carnet country.
To be flown in – Periscope or snorlkel lenses such as the T-Rex or Revolution; Anamorphic lenses, Panavision equipment of any kind; Gyro Stabilized Heads. Some of these can be found in Argentina with the exception of Gyro Stabilized heads which come from the usual sources – Libra Head, Stab C – have offices in NY, LA, Toronto; Wescam – LA.
Art department and set construction is very strong in Chile. There have been many large scale and difficult sets produced for large scale productions.
Studios. Sound stages in Chile tend to be mostly used for TV production. The stages we have access to tend to be small and there are not many. We usually convert large industrial spaces.
Backlots. At present no backlots exist in Chile.
Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for feature films or commercials in Chile.
Post Production. Good, reliable post production in all phases. See:
Visas and Work Permits. There is a visa fee that is commensurate with the country for which the person holds a passport from, who is entering Chile. Several international airlines service flights to Chile.
Transportation Infrastructure. Chile has very developed domestic transport infrastructure and Santiago’s airport is serviced by many international airlines.
Accommodation. Many great options for hotels. Recommended film friendly hotels in Santiago include:
Hotel Boutique Le Reve
Hotel La Montana Magica
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Safety. Chile is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. 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 Chile, please see below:
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Chile, please contact us.