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Belize

Belize 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 Belize? 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 Belize? See below for an introduction to Belize 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. Belize is a small country with a great variety of locations in close proximity to each other. Belize is known for having the longest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, untouched tropical forests and a wealth of Mayan ruins. You can find mountain ranges, dense jungles, limestone underwater caves, rivers, lakes, high waterfalls, and savannas. The Hummingbird Highway running from Dandriga to the capital Belmopan offers a variety of scenic landscapes. Belize is perhaps best known for its tropical island looks including beautiful water front mansions, palm-lined white sand beaches, turquoise waters and surf breaks as found in places like Cayo Espanto, Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye and Glovers Reef. Belize also has some very good underwater filming locations including the famous Blue Hole dive site. Mayan ruins of interest include Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, the Caracol Ruins and Lamanai. Belize City is the main entry point by air. It offers old British colonial buildings and dilapidated Caribbean city looks. Agricultural looks in Belize include banana, sugarcane and cocoa plantations, as well as a variety of tropical and citrus fruits.

Belize Film Location Permits are a quick and easy process. Our producer / fixer in Belize will require you to provide a Letter of Intent and a list of crew and equipment you will be bringing in. A film permit costs US$250 and a stills permit costs US$150. Both take about 3 days to permit. These permits allow filming anywhere in the country for up to 30 days and also cover you for clearing gear through customs. The government of Belize is very film friendly and has even been known to offer the support of army and police to assist a shoot. One of Belize’s major draws is the ease of access to filming Mayan ruins, a stark contrast to the very restrictive and overcrowded sites in Mexico. Please contact us for location specific information. 

When to shoot? Belize’s climate is sub-tropical, tempered by trade winds. Typically, Belize gets more rain the farther south you go. The dry season, and best time to film for weather, runs from December to May. The wet season runs from June to November. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Costs. Local costs are very competitive. Our Belizean fixer / producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Since little filming infrastructure exists most key crew and equipment need to be brought in from abroad. That said, the industry is evolving very quickly.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Some casting facilities exist in Belize and street casting may also be required. Belize has an ethnic diversity similar to what you might find in Cuba or Brazil. Mestizo, Kriol and Spanish are the main ethnic looks. There is also a large Caucasian population particularly in the San Ignacio and San Pedro areas. Some small Mennonite communities exist in more remote areas such as Spanish Lookout. Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America.

Crews. Belize has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews have limited international experience so key crew often needs to be brought in. Supporting crews speak English.

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 Belize.

Equipment. Some basic equipment exists locally including RED camera, drones, basic lighting and grip. Bringing in your own gear is an easy process. Allow at least two weeks before arrival to ensure duty exemptions. Authorities are film friendly so this can be expedited if necessary.

Art department. Props and wardrobe are limited to local looks. As an example, you can find a luxury yacht locally but would need to bring in high fashion wardrobe options. Local art department teams are experienced at improvising to achieve impressive results.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Belize. The government is open to providing incentives on a case by case basis depending on the benefits a production would bring.

Post Production. Belize offers a variety of post facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry to Belize is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crew travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 30 days. For US crew looking to stay longer, see here for information on obtaining a visa.

Transportation. Main roads are in a good condition. Rural roads are slower going. Our Belizean producer / fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation if required. Chartered yachts and seaplanes are a good way of getting to and from islands. Several international airlines service flights to Belize. Miami is only a short 2 hour flight away.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Belize include:

Radisson Fort George Hotel
Princess Hotel
Blackbird Caye Resort
Royal Palm Island Resort

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. Belize is a safe place for foreign productions to visit. 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 Belize, please see below:

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