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Belarus

Belarus 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 Belarus? 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 Belarus? See below for an introduction to Belarus 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. Belarus is best known for its bucolic landscapes and thousands of beautiful lakes. Belavezha Wood is a primeval forest home to a population of bison, wolves and bears. Minsk is the capital and production centre. Locations of note include Minsk’s Soviet-era metro stations and apartment blocks, as well as the National Library and National Opera buildings. Outside of Minsk, the Mir Castle Complex is another location of note. 

Belarus Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Filming Minsk’s Soviet Era metro stations is possible. It is not possible to film public spaces on Presidents Day. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Belarus has a temperate-continental climate with high humidity and rainfall throughout the year. Winter (December to March) is cold and snowy. Spring (April to May) is damp and rainy. Summer (June to September) is warm. This is the best time to film for weather. Fall (October to November) is damp and rainy. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Kupala, a Slavic festival celebrating the summer solstice, is celebrated on July 6th and 7th.

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

Costs. Local Belarusian costs such as locations, talent, crew and equipment are relatively inexpensive. Imported goods and hotel accommodation can be expensive. Our Belarusian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Belarus offers mainly Slavic looking talent. All other looks are best cast abroad. See here for an example of local talent looks.

Crews. Belarus has a very small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Some English speaking key crew is available locally. More specialised crews should be brought in. Belarus’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of creative and technical crew should you need to look further.

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 Belarus.

Equipment. Belarus has some standard lighting, grip and camera equipment including cranes, Fisher dolly, 35mm, Alexa and RED cameras. More specialized equipment is best brought in from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Belarus is an ATA carnet country.

Art department is basic beyond local looks.

Studio facilities are basic.

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

Post Production. None available locally.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Western passport holders entering Belarus via Minsk National Airport can stay visa-free for a period not exceeding 5 days. Visitors to Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, can enter visa-free by land, for a stay of up to 3 days. Crews travelling with film equipment may be required to have additional documentation. US passport holders can see additional information hereContact your local Belarusian embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are in a fair condition. Rural roads are slower going. Several international airlines service flights to Minsk.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Minsk include:

Hotel Minsk
Europe Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted scouting, casting 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 Belarus, please see below:

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