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Ghana

Ghana 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 Ghana? 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 Ghana? See below for an introduction to Ghana 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. Ghana is best known for Elmina and Cape Coast colonial slave trade castles, surf beaches around Busua, Wli Waterfalls, Lake Volta, Lake Kete-Krachi and Akosombo Dam, Bosumtwi crater lake, Nzulezu stilt village and Larabanga Mosque. Ngani witch houses are sanctuaries for women accused of witchcraft. For rainforest, savannah and African wildlife Ghana has several parks including the Mole Game Reserve, Kakum Nature Reserve, Owabi Wildlife Sanctuary, Bui National Park, Bia National Park and Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary. Ghana is also known for its many cocoa plantations.

Kumasi is Ghana’s second largest city and features the busy Kejetia Market. Accra is the capital and Ghana’s largest city. Accra features an architecturally interesting National Theatre and a restaurant curiosity, the Green Plane, located inside an old DC-10 plane.

Ghana has hosted productions such as Beasts of No Nation.

Ghana Film Location Permits. Each visiting crew member must have Press Accreditation and security clearances to film anywhere in Ghana. This usually takes 2-3 days to process once all visiting crew documentation is submitted. Permission to film at a specific location depends on the scope and nature of the shoot. Although there may not be a set fee for a location, donations help open doors. Shutting down roads and more complex requests typically require at least a week to organise. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Ghana has a tropical climate. Coastal areas are hot and humid and the north is hot and dry. Ghana’s rainy seasons are from April to June and September to November. The dry seasons run from November to March and July to August. Although January and February have the most sun they are not necessarily the best time for filming due to the high incidence of fog, which can drastically reduce visibility. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Ghana has a diversity of traditions honoring religion, ancestors, rites of passage, and harvest. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Masquerading Festival in Winneba in January.
• Bugum Chugu (Fire Festival) in January.
• Edina Buronya in January is Christmas celebrated by the Elmina people.
• Dzawuwu Festival in February is a colourful festival in the Agave region.
• Gologo in March is a pre-harvest festival observed by the Talensi people.
• Willa in April gives thanks to Takpo ancestors.
• Bobum in April initiates Krobo Odumase and Somanya girls into womanhood.
• Aboakyer deer hunting festival is celebrated by the Effutus people in Winneba in May.
• Homowo is a harvest festival celebrated by Ga people in May.
• Bakatue marks the start of the new fishing season in July.
• Damba festival Muslim celebration in September.
• Fetu Afahye is a colourful celebration observed by the Oguaa people of Cape Coast in September.
• Dodoleglime is celebrated by the people of the Ve in the Volta region in November.
• Hogbetsotso is a colourful celebration held November in the town of Hinloga.

Costs. The favorable exchange rate means that most major currencies go far in Ghana. Locations, supporting crews and talent are by world standards very inexpensive. The major costs are having to fly in equipment and key crew. Our Ghanaian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Local casting facilities are quite basic so street casting is often required. More than 250 languages and dialects are spoken in Ghana. Only West African looks are available in abundance. All other talent looks are best cast abroad.

Crews. Ghana has a Film and Television Institute that turns out a small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. It is best to bring in some of your key 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 Ghana.

Equipment. Ghana has some standard camera, lighting and grip equipment available locally. Crews bringing in their own gear will need our Ghanaian fixer / producer to apply for a customs insurance bond on equipment to be imported.

Art department and set construction. Construction crews are relatively good but art department is limited beyond local looks.

Studios. TV station studio can be rented. Studios are not Ghana’s strong point.

Backlots. At present there are no backlots in Ghana.

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

Post Production. Limited facilities. Best to post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Press Accreditation is required for all foreign crew entering Ghana. Western passport holders need visas to enter Ghana. US passport holders see here for more information. Our local Ghanaian fixer will provide you a Letter of Invitation for your application. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is also required to enter Ghana. Contact your local Ghanaian embassy / representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads in urban centers and roads linking cities are paved. Rural areas are slower going especially in the north and during the wet season. Avoid travel by night. Our Ghanaian fixer organizes safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Cities and towns are also accessible by domestic flights which are usually reasonably priced. Several international airlines service flights to Ghana.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Accra include:

Villa Monticello
Labadi Beach Hotel
Mahogany Lodge

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Internet speed and availability is getting better.

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. See here for vaccinations required for Ghana.

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 Ghana, please see below:

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

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