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Cameroon

Cameroon 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 Cameroon? 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 Cameroon? See below for an introduction to Cameroon 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. Cameroon is “Africa in miniature”. It has all the major climates and landscapes found in Africa including tropical forests, lakes, beaches, savannah, deserts and mountains. Wildlife including lions, elephants, hippos and giraffes can be found throughout the country. National Park locations of interest include Bénoué, Bouba Ndjidah, Waza, Korup, Lobéké, Kalamaloué. Rhumsiki is a traditional village located in the Mandara Mountains. Agricultural looks include cocoa, coffee, banana, cotton and rubber plantations. The vibrant city of Yaounde is the capital and Douala is the largest city.

Cameroon Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. It is illegal to take pictures of government buildings, military installations, and other public facilities. Unauthorised photography may be punished with fines, arrest and confiscation of your photographic equipment. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Cameroon has a tropical climate which is humid in the south and dry in the north. In the south, the dry season runs from November to February, the small rainy season is from March to June and the big rains come between August and October. The dry season is the best time to film for weather. In the north the rainy season runs from May to September. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Cameroon celebrates both Christian and Muslim holidays. Cameroonian festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Nyem-Nyem Festival held in the city of Ngaoundéré in July.
• African Music Market (Le Kolatier) is held in Yaoundé every two years in October.
• Ngondo Festival in Douala every December.
• Nguon Festival of Foumban every two years in December.

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 Cameroonian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

The Central African CFA franc (XAF) is the official currency. Local ATM’s are unreliable, so make sure to bring USD or Euros to exchange.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Cameroon has mainly West African looking talent including Cameroon Highlanders, Equatorial Bantu, Kirdi, Fulani, Northwestern Bantu and Eastern Nigritic peoples. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Cameroon has a small local pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Cameroon has a good gaffer, art department, hair and makeup, and sound recordists. Some crew may need to 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 Cameroon.

Equipment. You will need to bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.

Art department and set construction is very basic beyond local looks.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Cameroon.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Crews travelling on Western passports are required to apply for entry visas at their closest Cameroonian embassy or mission. The application must include an invitation letter from a locally based fixer, as well as proof of polio and yellow fever vaccination. Processing times vary. Allow at least a week. US travellers see here for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Major roads are paved. Rural roads are slower going and difficult to cross during the rainy seasons. Travel by night outside of major towns is considered dangerous. Our Cameroonian fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Cameroon.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Cameroon:

Yaounde:
Hilton Yaounde

Douala:
Le Meridien Douala

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 Cameroon.

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 Cameroon, please see below:

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