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Eritrea

Eritrea 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 Eritrea? 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 Eritrea? See below for an introduction to Eritrea 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. The capital Asmara has interesting Modernist architecture built during Mussolini’s occupation of Eritrea, including the Art Deco style Cinema Impero and the Futurist style Fiat Tagliero Building. Outside of Asmara you can find several locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers. The Dahlak archipelago has unspoilt beaches, turquoise waters, coral reef and underwater photography options. Semenawi Bahri National Park is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including leopards and many species of birds. There is an old steam train running from Massawa to Asmara that travels over bridges and through striking mountainous landscapes. Eritrea also has archaeological sites such as the ruins of Qohaito and Adulis.

Eritrea Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Unauthorised photography of military or government installations is illegal. Penalties may include arrest, fines and confiscation of film equipment. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? The central highlands, coastal region, and western lowlands each have a different climate. Generally speaking, Eritrea has good year-round sunny and dry filming conditions. Short rains fall from February to April and long rains fall from June to September. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Eritrean National Festival takes place in August. Ramadan is widely observed by the majority Muslim population living in the lowland areas, with many services closed during this period.

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

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. The Tigrinya and Tigre make up the vast majority of Eritrea’s nine ethnic groups. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Eritrea has a very small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad. Eritrea’s proximity to Dubai and Kenya allows easy access to those experienced 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 Eritrea.

Equipment. Only the most basic camera, lighting and grip equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most standard equipment from abroad. Please note, all electronic equipment including cameras and laptops need to be declared upon arrival. Failure to do so may result in their confiscation by customs officials when you depart. 

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 feature films shooting in Eritrea.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Most nationals are required to have a visa to enter Eritrea. US passport holders see here for visa application information. Contact your closest Eritrean embassy or representative for more information. Travel outside of Asmara requires a special permit from the Ministry of Tourism. Our local fixer in Asmara is able to assist with the process to ensure the application process runs smoothly.

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are paved and in a good condition. Rural roads are slower going. Border areas are unsafe and there are still minefields in certain areas of the country. Our Eritrean fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport and travel permits. Several international airlines service flights to Eritrea.

Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Asmara:

Sunshine Hotel

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 in Eritrea, please see below:

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

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