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Madagascar

Madagascar 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 Madagascar? 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 Madagascar? See below for an introduction to Madagascar 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. Rich in bio-diversity, Madagascar is home to 5% of the world’s plant and animal species including the iconic Baobab tree and several species of lemur and chameleon. Madagascar is a natural wonderland for filmmakers and photographers offering national parks, tropical rainforests, tropical dry forests, thorn forests, deserts, xeric shrublands, white sand beaches, tropical islands, coral reefs, volcanic regions, mountains, limestone formations, rice-growing valleys, coffee and vanilla plantations. Locations of particular interest include Tsingy de Bemaraha, Tsingy de Ankarana, Isalo National Park, Masoala National Park, Ranomafana National Park, Avenue of the Baobabs, Andasibe-Mantadia, Ifaty fishing villages, the paradise islands of Ile Sainte Marie and Nosy Be. The capital Antananarivo has some interesting French colonial architecture.

Madagascar Film Location Permits. A National Film Permit is required to film in Madagascar. It’s quite expensive but required to film in the country and to clear gear through customs. We highly advise you hire a fixer to lodge the application from within the country. Once all the documentation is submitted, you can even get the permit processed same day. Filming in national parks requires additional fees. Larger shoots requiring exclusive use of property can be quickly set up. In that respect, Madagascar has very little bureaucracy. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Madagascar has two seasons. November to April is hot, rainy and subject to cyclones. May to October is cool and dry. In terms of best time to film, the rainy season is better for animal activity but the dry season is better for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Madagascar has vibrant festivals throughout the year including:

• Santabari Festival in April / May.
• Fisemana Festival in June.
• Famadihana from June – September.
• Donia Music Festival on Nosy Be Island in September.

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 Malagasy fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Madagascans are a mix of Malayo-Indonesian, African and Arab ancestry. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Madagascar has a very small pool of local 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 Madagascar.

Equipment. Some very basic grip and lighting gear is available locally. We advise you bring in equipment from abroad. A National Film Permit is required to bring gear in on a carnet.

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 feature films shooting in Madagascar.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. All visitors to Madagascar are required to have a visa. Visiting film crews are required to have authorisation from the Madagascan Ministry of Information, Culture and Communication. Entry visas can be obtained on arrival but to save time on arrival, you can also obtain a visa prior to departure from your closest Malagasy embassy. US passport holders see here for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Several international airlines service flights to Madagascar. Considering the large size of the island and poor state of most roads, taking a local flight can save quite a lot of time. Our Malagasy fixer also organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation.

Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Madagascar:

Tana Hotel
Hotel Tamboho
Hotel Carlton

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 Madagascar, please see below:

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

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

Final Notes. Respect local traditions. Known as fady, Madagascar has a wide range of cultural taboos which vary by region.