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Burma (Myanmar)

Burma 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 Burma? 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 Burma? See below for an introduction to Burma 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. Burma is a beautiful country rich in culture and photogenic landscapes including Buddhist temples, pristine white sand beaches, turquoise seas, coral reefs, rice paddies, rivers, waterfalls, virgin jungle and snow-capped mountains. Of particular interest is the ancient city of Bagan with its temples, Buddhist pagodas. and stupas. Mrauk U is a lesser known ancient city. Inle Lake has picturesque stilt villages, markets and ruined temples. The royal city of Mandalay has many beautiful palaces, stupas, temples and pagodas including the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. The former capital, Yangon (Rangoon) is the main entry point by air. Yangon is known for its bustling markets and colonial architecture. Burma also has many coastal paradise locations as can be found at Ngapali Beach and throughout the Mergui Archipelago.

Burma Film Location Permits. Filming in Burma is heavily restricted. Contact us for more information.

When to shoot? Burma has three season. The cool, dry season runs from November to February. This is the best time to film for weather. The very hot season runs from March to May. The wet, humid monsoon season runs from June to October. Typhoons occasionally occur between April and October. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Most Burmese are devout Buddhists so there are many colourful Buddhist festivals all year round. The Manaw Festival takes place in January. The Mahamuni Ceremony is held in February. The Water Festival (similar to Songkran in Thailand) takes place in April. October has the Thadingyut Light Festival, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, and Elephant Dance Festival. November has the Hot Air Balloon Festival, Tazaungdaing Fullmoon Festival, and the Bagan Temple Marathon.

Costs. Local costs are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. This can add considerably to the cost of shooting. Our Burmese fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Burma offers mainly ethnic Tibeto-Burman looks. It is home to 135 different ethnic groups including colourful hill tribes. Burma is predominately Buddhist but it is also home to the Muslim Rohingya minority. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Burma has a small 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 Burma.

Equipment. Some very basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most 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 Burma.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Western passport holders can apply online for eVisas for tourism and business travel. An eVisa is issued within 3 working days, is valid for 90 days from the date of issue and allows a stay for up to 28 days (for tourists) or 70 days (for business travellers). The fee for a business eVisa is US$70, while a tourist eVisa costs US$50. Contact your local Burmese embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads through politically sensitive areas are off-limits to foreigners. Many roads are poorly maintained and become impassable during the rainy season. Avoid road travel by night. Domestic flights are an efficient and relatively cheap way to get around Burma. Several international airlines service flights to Burma.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Burma include:

Yangon (Rangoon):
Chatrium Hotel Yangon
The Strand
The Governor’s Residence

Mandalay:
Mandalay Hill Resort
Sedona Hotel Mandalay

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. For those looking to stay with local communities our Burmese fixer also organises hosted accommodation.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Some websites are blocked from access.

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 Burma, please see below:

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