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Malawi

Malawi 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 Malawi? 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 Malawi? See below for an introduction to Malawi 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. Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa. The Great Rift Valley and Lake Malawi are the main geographic features of Malawi. Film locations of interest include Lake Chilwa, Likoma and Chisumulu Islands, beaches of Cape Maclear, Mount Zomba and Mount Mulanje, Nyika National Park, Liwonde National Park, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Ntchisi Forest Reserve, Kasungu National Park, Zambezi River, traditional villages, tobacco and tea plantations.

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

When to shoot? Malawi has a tropical climate with two seasons. The dry season from May to October is the best time to film for weather and for wildlife activity. The humid, rainy season runs from November to April. The end of the rainy season is best for spectacular storms and lush, colourful vegetation. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Most festivals and events are based on the Christian calendar.

The Malipenga Dance Season in August is a traditional celebration of one of Malawi’s most iconic dance forms.

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. Being a landlocked country means costs for certain imported goods can be higher than in neighbouring coastal countries. Our Malawian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Malawi’s population is made up of the Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, and Ngonde ethnic groups. All non East-African looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Malawi has a very small local 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 Malawi.

Equipment. You will need to bring in all camera, grip and lighting 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 Malawi.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Crews travelling on passports from Western countries can obtain visas on arrival (with the exception of Irish citizens who can enter visa-free). US citizens may wish to apply for visas ahead of time. See here for more information. Our Malawian fixer / service producer will arrange for additional documentation to ensure your film crew can enter and work in Malawi.

Transportation Infrastructure. Several international airlines service flights to Malawi. Main roads in Malawi are relatively good compared to other countries in the region so travel times especially during the dry season are not too bad. Some roads may become impassable during heavy rains. Our Malawian film fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Travel at night is best avoided.

Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Lilongwe:

Sunbird Capital
Crossroads 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. See here for vaccinations required for Malawi.

Final Notes. Malawians are a friendly, welcoming people. Most people live in rural areas giving the country a relaxed vibe.

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 Malawi, please see below:

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

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