Brunei 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 Brunei? 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 Brunei? See below for an introduction to Brunei 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. Located in northern Borneo, the sultanate of Brunei Darussalam has one of the world’s highest standards of living. Thanks to its oil and gas based economy, Brunei maintains one of Asia’s most virgin rainforests. Natural locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Ulu Temburong National Park, mangrove swamps, beaches and coral reefs. Man-made locations of interest include Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Istana Nurul Iman palace, Kampong Ayer water village, Jerudong Park amusement park and the Billionth Barrel Monument. Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital and main entry point into Brunei by air.
Brunei Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and a good local fixer. Filming Brunei’s oil facilities is possible but script dependent. Please contact us for location specific information.
When to shoot? Brunei has a year round hot and humid tropical climate. October to December is the wet season with rains generally heavier in the forest than coastal areas. The rest of the year offers warm, sunny days with occasional rainfall. Brunei offers good year-round visibility for underwater photography. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Costs. In terms of local costs, Brunei is roughly the same price point as Singapore, which is more expensive than Malaysia. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must also be brought in from abroad. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok are the closest major film production centers. In most cases, traveling productions tend not to film in Brunei unless the project specifically requires it. In any case, our Bruneian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Brunei offers mainly Malay and Chinese looks. Brunei’s indigenous groups include the Iban, Dusun and Melanau people. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.
Crews. Brunei has a very small pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew must be brought in from abroad. There is some good English speaking supporting crew available locally.
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 Brunei.
Equipment. Bring in your camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.
Art department and set construction is very basic.
Studios and backlots. None exist at present.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Brunei.
Post Production. No post facilities exist locally.
Visas and Work Permits. Western passport holders can enter Brunei visa-free for periods of up to 90, 30 or 14 days. Others can get visas on arrival at Brunei International Airport for periods of up to 30 or 14 days. The rest are required to apply for visas. Contact your local Bruneian embassy or representative for more information.
Transportation Infrastructure. Brunei’s cities, towns and villages have well maintained paved roads. Helicopters are available for access to more remote rainforest areas but given their primary use in the energy sector helicopters tend to be very expensive and often difficult to book on short notice. Several international airlines service flights to Brunei.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Bandar Seri Begawan include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Internet is widely available in developed areas.
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 Brunei, please see below:
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Brunei, please contact us.