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Algeria

Algeria 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 Algeria? 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 Algeria? See below for an introduction to Algeria 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.

Algeria Film Locations

Algeria is the largest country in Africa by landmass. It is best known for its desert looks, rugged coast, fascinating cities and archaeological ruins.

Natural Beauty. The Sahara Desert covers much of Algeria. Beautiful arid looks can be found in Tassili N’Ajjer National Park and the Ahaggar Mountains. Amguid crater is a remote impact crater in southwestern Algeria. The north of the country has rugged Mediterranean beaches and verdant hillsides. Agricultural looks of interest include olive groves, vineyards, wheat and barley fields. The Trans-Sahara Highway runs through Algeria.

Architecture. Roman ruins of particular interest include Djémila, Timgad and Tipasa. Fascinating desert towns and cities include Taghit, Tamanrasset, Beni-Isguen, Ouargla, Ghardaïa, Timimoun, Djanet, El Oued, Adrar, and Biskra. Algiers is the capital and main entry point by air. It is known for its white-washed French colonial buildings with blue painted balconies, ancient narrow alleyways, a magnificent Casbah, mosques, Notre Dame d’Afrique Catholic basilica, beautiful parks and Algiers Bay.

Algeria Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and rainy winters from December to February. The Sahara Desert has very hot days and very cold nights with little year-round rainfall. The hot season lasts from July to November and is subject to sandstorms. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Ramadan is widely observed with many services closed during this period.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Many of Algeria’s most interesting locations are also quite far from any major city which will add to travel costs. Our Algerian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Algeria.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Algeria has a very small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Some basic supporting crew exists but all key crew must be brought in from abroad. Algeria’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those experienced crews.

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 Algeria.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Algeria offers mainly Arab-Berber looking talent with some French looks available too. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Algeria Film Equipment

Equipment. Only the most basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. You will need to bring in most standard equipment from abroad. Algeria is an ATA carnet country.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Some websites are censored.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

All western passport holders travelling to Algeria are required to apply for an entry visa. Along with other documents, applications must also include an Invitation Letter from a fixer in Algeria. For US travellers applying, see here for more information. Contact your local Algerian embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are of a reasonable standard. Travel through desert areas is slower going, requires extra planning and in some cases special permits. Our Algerian fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Given Algeria’s large area, domestic air travel is often a better option than covering the country exclusively by land. Algeria is serviced by several international airlines.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Algiers include:

Sofitel Alger
Sheraton

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 Algeria, please see below:

Hire Algeria Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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