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Congo Brazzaville

Congo Brazzaville 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 Congo Brazzaville? 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 Congo Brazzaville? See below for an introduction to Congo Brazzaville 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 of interest in Congo include the mighty Congo River, Pointe-Noire beaches, Loufoulakari Falls, M’Bé historic village, Congo Tank Graveyard, and gorilla viewing in Odzala National Park and Louana National Park. Brazzaville is the capital and main entry point by air. It has a reputation for being a more relaxed version of the busy, vibrant Kinshasa.

Congo Film Location Permits. The Journalist Accreditation Permit serves as a film permit to shoot in public locations across the country. See the visas and work permits section below for more information.

Congo has no specific permitting system in place. Our Congolese fixer negotiates all required permits based on the specific needs of each shoot. Additional permission is often required for shoots that require exclusive use of public space, traffic control, filming in markets, national parks, and drone filming.

Photography of government buildings, military installations, key infrastructure such as ports, train stations, and airports, and along border areas, is only allowed after all relevant authorities have given their permission. Penalties for illegally filming these locations may include fines, arrest and confiscated equipment.

Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Congo has a tropical climate with year-round high heat and humidity. The rainy season runs from October to May. The dry season runs from June to September. This is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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 Congolese 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 reasonable and negotiable on a personal level. Congo’s main ethnic groups include the Kongo, Sangha, M’Bochi, and Teke. Congo is also home to Pygmy tribes. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad. There are no established casting facilities or talent agencies in the Congo, so all casting is done in-house, at the local level.

Crews. Congo has a very small local pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Crews must 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 the Congo.

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 Congo.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Most passport holders require a visa to enter the Congo. Visiting western crews need to apply for a tourist visa at their closest Congo embassy or consulate. The application must also include an Invitation Letter from the local Congolese fixer / service producer. Processing times vary but allow for at least 1 week. The tourist visa is valid for up to 3 months. For US passport holders heading to the Congo, see here for more information on visas.

Once you arrive in the Congo, our Congolese fixer makes an application for a Journalist Accreditation Permit for each crew member. This allows crews to film at public locations across the country.

 

Transportation Infrastructure is very basic with most roads unpaved, in disrepair and impassable during the rainy seasons. Our Congolese fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Travel by night is not advised for safety reasons. There is a train from Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire. Several international airlines service flights to Brazzaville. Domestic flights tend to be on the expensive side. Plan well ahead as some domestic flights are not available every day. Patience and good planning is required.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Brazzaville:

Villa Lys Hotel
Hotel Olympic Palace

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Internet access is limited to hotels. Regular power outages are a problem.

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. See here for vaccinations required for Congo. There are few facilities outside of Brazzaville, so if travelling outside of the city, make sure you are well prepared for all eventualities. To ensure safety on set, our Congolese fixer will arrange the appropriate level of local security personnel / police.

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 Congo, please see below:

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

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.