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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan? 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 Kyrgyzstan? See below for an introduction to Kyrgyzstan 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. Kyrgyzstan is best known for its beautiful mountainous landscapes including snow-capped peaks, glaciers and glacial lakes, rivers and open plains. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Ala Archa Canyon, Tien Shan Range, Karakol Valley, Jeti-Ögüz, Lake Issyk Kul, Lake Song Kul, Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve, Tash Rabat caravanserai, and colourful Osh market. Kyrgyzstan offers looks that could easily double for Switzerland, Scotland, Kashmir or the Middle East. Bishkek is the capital and largest city.

Kyrgyzstan has hosted films including Finding Mother and Heavenly Nomadic.

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

When to shoot? Kyrgyzstan’s climate varies by region. Tien Shan has a dry to polar climate. The Fergana Valley is subtropical with very hot summers. The northern foothills are temperate. Most of the country receives little rainfall with winters experiencing very cold conditions and heavy snowfalls. May through to September is the best time to shoot for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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

• Navroz Spring Festival in April.
• National Horse Festival in July.
• Birds of Prey Festival in August.
• Kyrgyz Kochu Festival in August.

Ramadan is observed with some services closed during this period.

Costs. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew, equipment and talent are best brought in from abroad. This can add considerably to the cost of shooting. Our Kyrgyz fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Kyrgyzstan’s largest ethnic group are the Kyrgyz, historically a semi-nomadic people. Other ethnic groups include Russians and Uzbeks. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Kyrgyzstan has a very small 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 Kyrgyzstan.

Equipment. Some very basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most equipment from abroad.

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Tax Incentives. Visiting feature films, documentaries, television series and commercials can receive a 20% cash rebate Kyrgyzstan. For more information see here.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 60 days. Contact your closest Kyrgyzstan embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Many roads are mountainous and in a poor condition making land travel slow going. Winters receive heavy snowfalls which greatly limits travel options during those months, particularly on mountain roads. Our Kyrgyz fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to the capital Bishkek.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Bishkek include:

Hyatt Regency
Golden Dragon 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 Kyrgyzstan, please see below:

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

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