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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.

Libya Film Locations

Much of Libya is the Sahara Desert. The Mediterranean coastline has miles of deserted golden sand beaches.

Roman ruins of note include Leptis Magna, Cyrene and Sabratha.

The Acacus Mountains in western Libya offer beautiful rocky, arid looks including Moul n’ga Cirque and the arches of Afzejare and Tin Khlega.

Gabal El Uweinat is a mountain range in the area of the Egyptian-Libyan-Sudanese border.

Waw an Namus volcano is a spectacular oasis inside a volcanic crater. The unique desert oasis town of Ghadames is an oasis town in northwestern Libya. Ubari is an oasis town in southwestern Libya. Oum al-Maa Lake is surrounded by date palms and Sahara sand dunes. Gaberoun lake is another beautiful oasis location.

Qasr Al Haj is a huge fortified granary southwest of Tripoli.

The western city of Tripoli is the capital of Libya. Locations of interest in Tripoli include the Arch of Marcus Aurelius, Al-Saraya Al-Hamra castle, Royal Palace of Tripoli, Gurgi Mosque, Martyrs’ Square, Old Clock Tower, bazaars and souks.

Benghazi is the largest city in eastern Libya. Tobruk, known for the famous WWII battle is also in this part of Libya.

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 & Tax Incentives

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.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Libya.

Film Crew & Talent

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.

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.

Libya Film 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, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & 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.

Transport & Accommodation

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.

Final Notes

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:

Hire Libya Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Libya, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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