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Djibouti

Djibouti 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 Djibouti? 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 Djibouti? See below for an introduction to Djibouti 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.

Djibouti Film Locations

Djibouti is one of the smallest and least-filmed nations in Africa. The landscape primarily consists of rocky desert, volcanic plateaus and arid mountain ranges. It has virtually no arable land.

There are several locations of interest to visiting filmmakers and photographers. Lake Assal is a crater lake in the Danakil Desert of central Djibouti. Lake Abbe is a salt lake on the Ethiopia-Djibouti border. Grand Bara is a desert in southern Djibouti. Day Forest National Park is located in the verdant Goda Mountains. Mousa Ali volcano is Djibouti’s highest point. Djibouti offers easily accessible Red Sea underwater photography looks. The Gulf of Tadjoura and Gulf of Aden have beaches and turquoise waters. Of note are Maskali Island and Moucha Island. Djibouti City is the capital and main entry point by air.

Djibouti Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Unauthorised photography of government buildings, military installations, and other infrastructure such as air and sea ports, bridges, and public buildings, as well as of religious sites, such as mosques, is illegal in Djibouti. You could be fined, arrested and have your photographic equipment confiscated. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Djibouti is very hot and arid between June and August. Dust storms blow in from the desert. October to April has slightly cooler conditions with little rain. This is the best time to film for weather. The best underwater photography conditions are from September to May. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Fest’Horn festival celebrates music from the Horn of Africa in December. Ramadan is widely observed with many services closed during this period.

Costs & Tax Incentives

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

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

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Djibouti has a very small local pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad. Djibouti’s close proximity to Dubai and major European production centres allows easy access to those crews.

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 Djibouti.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Djibouti’s main ethnicities are the Afars, Issas and Gadabuursi people. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Djibouti Film Equipment

Only the most basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most equipment from abroad.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Crew of all nationalities travelling to Djibouti can obtain a visa on arrival. The visa must be applied for at your closest Djiboutian embassy prior to travelling. The visa is valid for up to 30 days. US passport holders see here for more information. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required with the application.

Journalists require a letter of accreditation approved in advance by the Ministry of Communication and Culture. U.S. journalists and other journalists working for U.S.-based media institutions should contact the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs section at least two weeks prior to travel to facilitate this accreditation process. Journalists who fail to receive an accreditation letter risk arrest, seizure of equipment, and/or expulsion.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads outside of Djibouti City are poorly maintained and slow going. It is recommended to avoid driving at night. Our Djiboutian fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Djibouti.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Djibouti include:

Djibouti Palace Kempinski
Sheraton Djibouti Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

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 shot in Djibouti, please see below:

Hire Djibouti Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Djibouti, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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