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Albania

Albania 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 Albania? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producer, 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 Albania? See below for an introduction to Albania 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.

Albania Film Locations

Albania is best known for its well preserved Ottoman cities, archaeological ruins, castles and fortresses, mosques and churches, Soviet architecture, rugged mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, national parks and white sand beaches with azure seas.

The Albanian Alps in the north of the country are home to the picturesque Theth National Park, Valbona Valley National Park, and the ancient cities of Shkoder and Puka. Southern Albania is home to many beautiful beaches including Dhermi, Ksamil, and Borsh. The area is also where you can find the old Ottoman cities of Gjirokaster and Berat (with Mount Tomorr as the backdrop). Butrint is known for its ancient Greek and Roman ruins. Krujë Castle is an Ottoman-era citadel.

Tirana is the capital and main entry point by air. The city can double for urban Italian looks as well as old Soviet locations. The Pyramid of Tirana is one Soviet-era location of note.

Albania Film Location Permits

Albania Film Location Permits are arranged with the relevant municipality. A general police permit may also be required. Most permits are free and require at least 2 weeks to process. Additional fees may apply for filming historic locations. Allow more lead time and costs for shoots that require exclusive use of public space. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Albania has a transitional climate from Mediterranean to continental. In the highlands, snow can fall from November until March. In the lowlands, the winters are mild and the summers are very hot and dry. Beach and mountain areas are busy with holiday makers from June to August. The fringe summer months are the best times for filming. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Although Albania is a majority Muslim country services remain open during Ramadan.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Albania.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Local costs are some of the lowest in Europe. Our Albanian fixer / service producer will negotiate deals and offer the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad which will add to those costs.

Tax Incentives for foreign commercials and features do no exist at present.

Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Albania has a small number of directors and photographers. Experienced directors of photography are best brought in. Only basic supporting crew is available locally. Experienced technical and creative crews can easily be brought in from nearby major European production centres.

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 Albania.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Casting facilities are undeveloped and street casting is often required. Albania offers mostly Albanian talent looks characterised by dark Mediterranean features. Its close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. Albania’s mountain region is home to a fascinating community of Sworn Virgins, otherwise known as burneshas, or females who have chosen to live their lives as men.

Albania Film Equipment

Albania has some basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. You will need to bring in most standard equipment from abroad. Serbia, Italy and Greece are the closest established service centres to bring in equipment. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Albania is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction are basic.

Studios. Tirana has some basic studio facilities.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Albania is not a Schengen area member state. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Western passport holders may visit visa-free for a maximum stay of 90 days. There is no formal work permit required for visiting crews. Contact your local Albanian embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are of a good standard. Albania is small country so domestic transport is best done by land. Albania is serviced by several international airlines.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Tirana include:

Theranda Hotel
The Sheraton Tirana

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

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 Albania, please see below:

Hire Albania Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Albania, 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.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.