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Gambia

Gambia 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 Gambia? 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 Gambia? See below for an introduction to Gambia 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. Gambia is a small, narrow country whose borders follow the Gambia River. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Baobolong Wetland Reserve, Kiang West National Park, River Gambia National Park, unspoilt beaches, and bustling African markets. Banjul is the capital and Serekunda is the largest city.

Gambia Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and a good fixer. Unauthorised photography of government buildings, airports, military installations, embassies, bridges, or government motorcades, is against the law. Penalties include fines, imprisonment and confiscation of equipment. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Gambia has a tropical climate. The cooler, dry season runs from November to May. This is the best time to film for weather and wildlife photography. The hot, rainy season runs from June to November. Sunny periods occur on most days even during the rainy season. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Cultural festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Banjul Demba Cultural Festival held in January.
• International Roots Homecoming Festival held every two years in May / June.
• Abene Festival held towards the end of the year.

Ramadan is widely observed with some services closed during this time.

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

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Gambia offers mainly African looking talent. The Mandinka are the largest ethnic group, followed by the Fula, the Wolof, the Jola, Serahuli and the Aku. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Gambia has a very small local pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should 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 Gambia.

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 Gambia.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Most Western crews can enter Gambia visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. US citizens are required to get a visa from the Gambian embassy. Those travelling on last minute jobs can obtain a visa on arrival but will be required to submit their passport to the Department of Immigration in Banjul for 48 hours to be issued a visa. Evidence of yellow-fever vaccination is also required for entry into Gambia. A project synopsis may also be asked for.

Transportation Infrastructure. Only major roads are paved otherwise many roads are in disrepair and impassible during the rainy season. Road travel by night is not recommended. Our Gambian fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Travel along the Gambia River and other waterways is a common way to get around. Several international airlines service flights to Gambia.

Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Gambia:

Sheraton Gambia
Senegambia Beach Hotel
Bijilo Beach Hotel
Coconut Residence

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For those looking to stay with local Gambian communities our fixer also organises hosted accommodation.

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. Our fixer organises security depending on the areas you plan to enter. See here for vaccinations required for Gambia.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

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 Gambia, please see below:

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

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