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Bangladesh

Bangladesh 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 Bangladesh? 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 Bangladesh? See below for an introduction to Bangladesh 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. Bangladesh is located in the low-lying Ganges Delta making it one of the most fertile plains in the world with lush green fields, lakes, rivers, islands, waterfalls, golden sand beaches, jungles, rice paddies, and tea plantations. As well as offering unique locations, Bangladesh can easily double for many Indian looks at a fraction of the cost of filming in India.

The Sundarbans are the world’s largest mangrove forest. They are home to a variety of animals including the Bengal tiger, crocodiles, cheetahs, spotted deer, monkeys, pythons, wild bears and hyenas.

Cox’s Bazar is the world’s longest unbroken sea beach.

The Chittagong Hill Tracts are known for their beauty and fascinating indigenous communities.

The industrial port of Chittagong has a fascinating ship graveyard.

Jamuna Bridge stretches for 4.8 km.

Bangladesh has Buddhist / Muslim / Hindu / Christian architecture and archaeological ruins.

The capital, Dhaka, is one of the world’s most populated cities. Locations of interest include bustling East Asian streets, British colonial architecture, Louis Kahn’s National Parliament Building, and Ahsan Manzil palace.

Bangladesh has hosted films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Bangladesh Film Location Permits. A Journalist Visa is required. Filming in restricted areas and national parks requires special permission. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Bangladesh has three distinct seasons. Summer (March to June) is hot and humid. The monsoon season (June to October) is cool and rainy. Winter (October to March) is cool and dry. Bangladesh is prone to annual cyclones and floods from April to December. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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

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

Costs. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew, equipment and talent are best brought in from abroad. Mumbai or Bangkok are the closest major film production centres. This can add considerably to the cost of shooting. Otherwise, local costs are inexpensive. Our Bangladeshi fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Bangladesh offers mainly ethnic Bengali looks. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Bangladesh has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in 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 Bangladesh.

Equipment. Arri Alexa, Red camera, Canon 5D/7D, Sony HD cameras, Steadicam. Panther dolly, jimmy jib and a variety of lighting gear. Helicopters are also available although camera mounts need to be brought in from abroad. For crews looking to bring in their own gear, clearing customs is generally a quick and easy process. Our Bangladeshi film fixer is there to ensure the process runs smoothly.

Art department is basic beyond local looks. Set construction is inexpensive and crews and hard working.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

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

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Journalists and filmmakers need to apply for visas at least 3 weeks before departure. Crew entering on Western passports as tourists are eligible to obtain visas on arrival, valid for stays of up to 30 days. US passport holders see here for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are in a fair condition. Rural roads are slower going. Much of Bangladesh sits on a delta so getting around by boat can sometimes be a more efficient way to travel. Domestic flights are the best way to travel longer distances. Several international airlines service flights to Bangladesh.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Dhaka include:

Hotel Sarina
Radisson Water Garden Hotel
Lake Shore
Westin Dhaka

Please contact us for corporate rates. For those looking to stay with local communities our Bangladeshi fixer also organises hosted accommodation.

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 Bangladesh, please see below:

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