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Afghanistan

Afghanistan Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Afghanistan? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Afghanistan? See below for an introduction to Afghanistan locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Afghanistan Film Locations

Afghanistan has a great depth of beautiful green and arid landscapes. Of note are Band-e Amir National Park’s deep blue lakes, the verdant Panjshir Valley, the famed Khyber Pass, and the snowy mountains of Tora Bora. Afghanistan also has a rich architectural heritage dating back thousands of years crossing religions and cultures. Locations of interest include the Great Mosque of Herat, Blue Mosque in Mazar-e Sharif, Darul Aman Palace ruins, Minaret of Jam, and the site of the destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan. Highway 1 from Jalalabad to Kabul is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Kabul is Afghanistan’s capital and main entry point by air. 

Afghanistan Film Location Permits

A well connected fixer is essential as security is an issue and permission to film is often obtained in person, on the local level. The Taliban strongly opposes filming so appropriate security measures are required. Filming on or near coalition military bases requires permission from those authorities. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Afghanistan has a four-season climate. Winters (December to March) are cold and snowy with mountainous areas difficult to access. Spring (April to May) is mild with fields green and wildflowers in full bloom. Summers (June to September) are very hot and dry. Fall (October to November) is mild and the ideal time to film harvest looks. Spring and fall are the best seasons to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Nowruz Islamic new years celebrations take place in March. Festivities include music, dancing, ceremonies and a Buzkashi “goat dragging” tournament.

Ramadan is observed by the majority Muslim population with many services closed during this period.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Most local costs including locations, supporting crew, and talent, are inexpensive. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists in Afghanistan all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Additional security requirements will also add to costs. Safe hotel accommodation is also on the expensive side. Our Afghani fixer will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for foreign feature films or commercials shooting in Afghanistan.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Afghanistan has a very small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Some English speaking supporting crew is available locally, however it is recommended to bring in your main crew from abroad.

Contact us if you are looking for a 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 for your shoot in Afghanistan.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Casting facilities are undeveloped in Afghanistan so street casting is required. Afghanistan has a variety of Middle Eastern and East Indian looks including Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks, Aimaq, Turkmen, Baloch, Nuristani and other smaller groups. All other talent looks are best brought in.

Afghanistan Film Equipment

Equipment. Bring in your camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad. Some basic equipment is available locally. Outside of cities, phone and internet communications are very limited. It’s a good idea to bring satellite phones or handheld radios.

Communication. Internet connection is basic.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and Backlots. Only basic facilities owned by TV stations.

Post Production. Best to post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Visas are required to enter and film in Afghanistan. Media personnel and journalists are required to provide an introduction letter stating the purpose, duration and places intended to visit in Afghanistan. Travelers are expected to register with a representative of the Ministry of Interior’s Foreigners’ Registration Office upon arrival in Kabul. The traveler will be issued a card that he or she must surrender upon departure. US passport holders applying for an Afghanistan Entry Permit can see here for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Local roads are basic. Our Afghan fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Some airlines service Afghanistan internationally.

Accommodation. Best options in Kabul include:

Serena Hotel
Intercontinental Hotel
Safi Landmark Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Afghanistan, please see below:

Hire Afghanistan Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Afghanistan, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Afghanistan, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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