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Fiji

Fiji 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 Fiji? 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 Fiji? See below for an introduction to Fiji 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. Fiji is an island nation in the South Pacific east of Vanuatu, west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu. The country occupies an archipelago of about 322 islands.

Fiji offers a variety of locations including the palm-lined white sand paradise island beaches of the Mamanuca Islands, surf breaks, coral reefs, lagoons, tropical islands, lush rainforests, pine forests, rolling hills, rivers, waterfalls, caves, unique rock formations, resorts, luxury villas, and impressive colonial architecture such as the newly renovated Grand Pacific Hotel.

The main island (Viti Levu) is divided into two different weather patterns. The dry west side (Nadi side), features rolling grass covered hills, pine forests, mountains and many of the country’s beaches, and resorts. The wet east side of the island (Suva side) features lush rain forest, jungle, lakes, rivers and waterfalls.

Suva and Nadi are the main production centres.

Fiji has hosted films such as The Blue Lagoon and Cast Away, as well as a long list of TV shows including Survivor Fiji.

Fiji Film Permit. Visiting productions are required to have a Film Permit. Our Fijian fixer / service producer will require a project synopsis, company details, visiting crew passport information, dates, and other important project information. The fixer / producer will include a supporting letter and submit the application. 2 days is usually enough for processing once all paperwork is submitted. This is a single permit that is valid for the entirety of the shoot. 

Fiji Film Location Permits are required for filming at any public locations in Fiji. Citywide permits are possible. Permits not requiring exclusive use of property are quick and easy to obtain. Most public locations are free. Allow at least 7 days to permit locations that require street closures, builds or other exclusive use of public space. Allow at least 14 days to permit aerial shoots or filming in national parks. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Fiji offers year round long sunny shoot days. November to April is the summer wet season which can be humid and very hot. During this time the water is at its warmest and the sea is calm. May to October is the winter dry season and a good time to film if you’re looking for best underwater visibility and the largest surf breaks. The in-between periods of April / May and October / November are the best months to film for pleasant tropical island conditions. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Outrigger International Competition take place in November in Nadi. The Bula Festival celebrates the islands heritage in July. Fiji’s Indian community celebrate Diwali (The Festival of Lights) in October.

Costs. Locations and talent costs are inexpensive. Fiji also has a very generous rebate program that a wide variety of projects may be eligible for. That said, the film infrastructure is still relatively undeveloped, so some key crew and equipment may need to be brought in from abroad, which will add to the cost of filming. Travel to remote islands can also add considerably to the cost of shooting. Fortunately most paradise island looks can be found on the main island. Our Fijian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent. Day rates and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Casting facilities are undeveloped. Fiji offers mostly Pacific Islander looks but some East Indian and Caucasian looks are also available. Experienced models and actors generally need to be brought in from abroad with Australia (Brisbane) and New Zealand (Auckland) the closest production centres.

Crews. Fiji has a very small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Likewise, Fiji has a small pool of internationally experienced crew. Should you require additional crew Australia and New Zealand offer extensive options. Brisbane and Auckland are the closest major production centres, a 3.5hr flight away.

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 Fiji.

Equipment. Fiji has some standard grip, lighting and camera equipment available locally including RED cameras, jibs, and larger lights. Fiji does not charge a duty on productions bringing in their own equipment. Fiji is not an ATA carnet country. Our Fijian fixer / service producer can arrange hassle-free customs clearance. Please send us a full equipment list and allow at least 7 days to organise paperwork.

Art department and set construction. Mainly local looks available. Some good local production designers. Good set construction crews.

Studios and Backlots. None exist at present but can improvise with warehouse space.

Tax Incentives. Fiji offers a very generous rebate of 47% on qualifying production expenditure. The rebate is available for feature films, TV series and even commercial projects. By international standards, minimal spend requirements are very low and qualifying spend includes a wide variety of line items. Fiji is open for business. See here for more details.

Post Production. None available locally. Australia and New Zealand are the closest major production centres.

Visas and Work Permits. Most passport holders can enter visa-free. The above mentioned Film Permit will already be registered with immigration officials when you arrive. Crews coming in for short projects such as commercials and travel documentaries just tick the film / cinema box on the arrival card at the port of entry. Crews coming in to work on TV series and feature films will need short term work permits. In these cases usually a 2 week visitors visa is issued and then an application is made for the short term work permit.

Transportation Infrastructure. Several international carriers service regular flights to Fiji. Nadi and Suva are only 4 hours flight from Australia, 3 hours from New Zealand, and 10 hours from Los Angeles. Domestic travel is best achieved by road, boat and plane.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Fiji include:

Shangri La
Sheraton Fiji
Outrigger
Tavarau
Toberua

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 Fiji, please see below:

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

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