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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso 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 Burkina Faso? 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 Burkina Faso? See below for an introduction to Burkina Faso 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. Burkina Faso is a landlocked West African country. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Bobo-Dioulasso Grand Marché, Karfiguéla Waterfalls, Sindou Rock, Karaba Brick Quarry, Kabore Tembi National Park, “W” National Park, Arli National Park, Black and White and Red Volta Rivers. Ouagadougou is the capital and main entry point by air.

Burkina Faso Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Burkina Faso has two distinct seasons. The hot, dry season runs from November to April and becomes very dusty by the end of the season. The earlier part of the dry season is the best time to film for visibility, weather and the savanna in bloom. The end of the dry season is the best time to film wildlife with animals congregating around limited water sources. The rainy season runs from May to October. This is the best time to film birdlife. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

FESTIMA, The Diedogou Mask Festival is a colourful event taking place in March / April, every two years. Burkinabes observe Muslim holidays (mainly in the north, west and east) and Christian holidays (mainly in central areas).

Costs. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Burkinabe fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the official currency.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Burkina Faso has over 60 ethnic groups, the main ones being the Mossi, Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, Fulani, Mandé, Gourmantché and Tuareg. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Burkina Faso has a very small local pool of 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 Burkina Faso.

Equipment. You will need to bring in all 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 Burkina Faso.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. To be safe, most travellers opt to apply for a visa before they travel to Burkina Faso. These take about 3 days to process and are valid for up to 1 year. Visas on arrival are also available for most Western passport holders, although they are more expensive and travellers are required to leave their passports at the airport for a few days. Make sure to arrive with proof of yellow fever vaccination. Contact your local Burkina Faso embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure is basic and very few roads are paved. Many roads become impassable during the wet season. Avoid road travel by night. Our Burkinabe fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Burkina Faso.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Ouagadougou:

Laico Ouaga 2000 Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

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. See here for vaccinations required for Burkina Faso.

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 Burkina Faso, please see below:

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