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Bahrain

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

Film Locations. Bahrain is a flat and arid archipelago. No permanent rivers or streams exist on any of the islands. The beaches and desert looks are not particularly photogenic. Bahrain does have some new roads and infrastructure perfect for car commercials. There is also some interesting modern architecture such as the Bahrain World Trade in Bahrain Financial Harbour and the Floating City in Amwaj. Bahrain has a F1 Grand Prix circuit that is open for filming. Other locations of interest include the Grand Mosque, Bahrain Fort, Old quarter of Muharraq including Seyadi House and Shaikh Isa House, and the Tree of Life.

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

When to shoot? Bahrain receives very little rain throughout the year. Bahrain has two seasons, an extremely hot summer (April to October) and a mild winter (November to March). Winter is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Most festivals in Bahrain are based on the Islamic calendar, including Muharram, Ashura, Milad Al Nabi, Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr. The Bahrain F1 Grand Prix is held in March or April.

Costs. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Dubai is the closest major film production centre. For local costs our Bahraini fixer / producer will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Bahrain offers Arabic looking talent only. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad. Dubai is the closest place for a good selection of multicultural talent.

Crews. Bahrain has a very small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad. Dubai is the closest place with a good depth of professional 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 Bahrain.

Equipment. Basic lighting, grip and RED camera package available locally. Additional equipment is best brought in from Dubai. For productions intending to bring in equipment Bahrain is not an ATA carnet country but bringing in your own gear is a quick and easy process.

Art department and set construction comes from Dubai and is of a relatively high standard.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

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

Post Production. None available locally. Dubai is the closest place with a variety of post facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews arriving on Western passport can obtain a visa on arrival. Check to see if you are eligible for an E-visas. Journalists must have a journalism visa. Bahrain also offers free 2 week visas for the F1 Grand Prix. Contact your local Bahraini embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Road travel is generally safe. Highways and major roads in northern Bahrain are wide and well maintained. Several international airlines service flights to Bahrain.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Bahrain include:

Ritz-Carlton
Moevenpick
The Regency
Kempinski
Marriot

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

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 Bahrain, please see below:

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