• LA
  • NYC
  • São Paulo
  • London
  • Paris
  • Dubai
  • Mumbai
  • Shanghai
  • Tokyo
  • Sydney

Libya

Libya 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 Libya? 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 Libya? See below for an introduction to Libya 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 of interest include the Sahara desert, Roman ruins such as Leptis Magna and Cyrene and Sabratha, deserted golden sand beaches, Akakus Mountains, the unique desert oasis town of Ghadames, Qasr Libya, Ubari sand dunes and salt lakes. Tripoli is the capital. Locations of interest in Tripoli include the Al-Saraya Al-Hamra castle, the Al medina Al Gadima, bazaars and souks.

Libya Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Note, it is illegal to photography certain buildings, especially military and government facilities. Penalties may include arrest, fines and confiscation of equipment. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Libya’s coast has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers (peaking in August) and cool, rainy winters (coldest in January). Much of the rest of the country is Sahara desert with very hot days and very cold nights. Filming in the Sahara is best done between October and April when temperature variations are less extreme. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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

• Nalut Spring Festival set in the mountainous Jebel Nafusa region takes place in March.
• Zuwarah Awessu Festival in August.
• Ghadames Festival celebrating the culture of the Tuareg and Barber people takes place in October.
• Ghat Festival set in a Tuareg oasis medina takes place in November / December.
• Acacus Festival takes place in spectacular Sahara scenery between December and January.

Ramadan is observed 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. Many of the best locations are quite far from any major cities which can add considerably to travel costs. Our Libyan fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Libyans are of Arab and Berber descent with a Tuareg minority living in the south. All other talent needs to be cast abroad.

Crews. Libya has a very small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad. Libya’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further. 

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 Libya.

Equipment. Only the most basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most standard 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 Libya.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews travelling on Western passports need to have visas to enter Libya. Note, within three days of arrival in Libya, visitors must register at their closest police station. US passport holders see here for more information on visas. Contact your closest Libyan embassy or representative for more information.

Filmmakers, photographers and journalists who expect to travel to the United States in the future ought to also bear in mind the possible repercussions of having a Libyan visa stamped in their passport.

Transportation Infrastructure. Coastal and city roads are of a good standard. Travelling outside of these areas is best done by 4WD which our Libyan film fixer organises. Areas beyond the coast are subject to poor road conditions, sandstorms and flooding. Several international airlines service flights to Tripoli.

Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Tripoli include:

Attawfeek Hotel
Corinthia Hotel
JW Marriott Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Slow internet.

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 Libya, please see below:

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

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