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East Timor

East Timor 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 East Timor? 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 East Timor? See below for an introduction to East Timor 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. East Timor is a small country comprising of the Eastern part of the island of Timor as well as several smaller islands. Indonesia lies to the north and Australia to the south. East Timor has a tropical, mountainous interior. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Atauro Island, Areia Branca white sand beach, Nino Konis Santana National Park, the beautiful fishing village of Com and Baucau’s Portuguese colonial architecture. Dili is the capital and main entry point by air.

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

When to shoot? East Timor has a tropical climate. The rainy monsoon period is from December to April. It is very hot and dry from May to November but cooler and more humid in the mountain region. The dry season is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Costs. East Timor trades in the USD. Locations, local talent, support crew, and locally produced goods are inexpensive. The need to bring in all key crew and equipment adds to the costs of shooting in East Timor. Jakarta and Brisbane are the closest major production centres. Our East Timorese fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Casting facilities are undeveloped in East Timor so street casting is required. East Timor consists of a number of distinct ethnic groups, most of whom are of mixed Malayo-Polynesian and Melanesian-Papuan descent. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. East Timor has a very small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. The depth of local crews is limited. It’s best to bring your crew 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 East Timor.

Equipment. Camera, grip and lighting equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. Brisbane and Jakarta are the closest major production centres.

Art department and set construction is very limited in East Timor.

Studios and Backlots do not exist at present.

Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for foreign feature films or commercials shooting in East Timor.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Film crew arriving by air may obtain a 30-day tourist visa-on-arrival. Bear in mind, film crew traveling via air must transit through Singapore, Darwin in Australia or Bali in Indonesia en route to East Timor. See here for more information on East Timor visas. Contact your local East Timorese embassy / representative for more information.

Transportation. Roads are in a poor condition and very slow going during the monsoon season. Our East Timorese fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport. A limited number of flights operate to Dili.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Dili include:

Timor Plaza
Hotel Esplanada

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.

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 East Timor, please see below:

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

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