Bolivia 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 Bolivia? 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 Bolivia? See below for an introduction to Bolivia 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.
Bolivia Film Locations
Bolivia offers a vast array of locations spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest.
La Paz is the highest capital city in the world at an elevation of 3,640 m (11,942 ft). Locations of interest include Plaza Murillo, San Francisco Church, Calle Jaen, Witches Market, and San Pedro Prison renowned for being a society within itself.
Just outside of La Paz, you can find Valle de la Luna and Valle de las Animas. North Yungas Road “Death Road”, an often requested extreme sports location, is also near La Paz.
Uyuni is the gateway to locations including the salt plain Salar de Uyuni and the Great Train Graveyard.
Lake Titikaka is the highest lake in the world. El Pantanals is the world’s largest wetland. Nevado Sajama is the highest mountain in Bolivia.
The otherworldly salt lake landscape of Laguna Colorada offers orange-red waters, and Laguna Verde offers green waters. The Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa has a landscape that looks like a Salvador Dalí painting.
The Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos are another interesting film location.
Bolivia offers a great variety of agricultural looks including coffee and sugarcane plantations, corn, cotton and wheat fields, quinoa farms, as well as a wide range of vegetables and fruits.
Bolivia has hosted films such as Che, and Salt and Fire.
Bolivia Film Location Permits
The general film permit required for filming around Bolivia and clearing equipment through customs takes about 2 weeks to process. The fee charged depends on the type of shoot (documentary, TVC, TV show, feature film), as well as the amount of time spent in Bolivia. Additional fees for national parks apply. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
The climate varies greatly throughout Bolivia’s diverse regions. In general there are two seasons: The warm, wet summer months are from November to March, and the cold, dry winter months are from April to October. The highlands are cold and snowy in the winter, whereas winter in the south is temperate. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Bolivia is home to a wide variety of colourful events including:
• Alasitas Festival (January)
• Virgen de la Candelaria in Copacabana (February 2nd)
• Carnival de Oruro (February / March)
• Pujllay Festival in Tarabuco (March 12th)
• Semana Santa (March / April)
• Tinku (May)
• Fiesta del Gran Poder in La Paz (May / June)
• Aymara New Year (June 21)
• San Juan Festival (June 24)
• Cholita Wrestling takes place throughout the year
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Bolivia.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Local costs such as talent, supporting crew and locations are some of the most competitive in South America. Our Bolivian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Filming infrastructure is limited so some key crew and equipment may need to be brought in from abroad.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Bolivia.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Bolivia has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. For larger productions, key crew should be brought in from abroad. Smaller productions can be handled by Bolivian 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 Bolivia.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Most citizens are of Amerindian (mainly Aymaras, Quechuas, and Guarani) and Mestizo descent. There is also a small Caucasian, Arab and Asian population if required for background roles. English speaking talent needs to be brought in from abroad. Aymara people can be adapted to play Tibetans as seen in Seven Years in Tibet. Some dedicated casting facilities exist and in some cases street casting may also be required.
Bolivia Film Equipment
Basic camera, lighting and grip equipment available locally. All else needs to be brought in from abroad, especially camera equipment.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department teams are talented with plenty of costumes and props for local and period looks available. Set construction crews are inexpensive.
Studios and backlots. No purpose-built film studios exist at present.
Post Production. Post abroad.
Visas & Work Permits
Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Most Western passport holders can enter Bolivia visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Crew travelling on US passports are required to apply for tourist visas in the US or can obtain a visa on arrival at additional cost. Contact your local Bolivian embassy or representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are in a fair condition. Rural roads are slower going and in a poor condition. Our Bolivian service producer / fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport. Several international airlines service flights to Bolivia.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in La Paz include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
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 Bolivia, please see below:
Hire Bolivia Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Bolivia, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Bolivia, 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.
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