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Mali

Mali 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 Mali? 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 Mali? See below for an introduction to Mali 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. The north of Mali lies in the southern Sahara desert. The south is the subtropical and savannah zone. Mali is mostly flat, rising to rolling northern plains covered by sand. Mali is famous for the fabled Timbuktu and its medieval mosques and tombs. Film locations of interest include the Great Mosque of Djenné, colourful Mopti market, ancient Dogon Cliff village, the city of Gao, Boucle du Baoulé National Park, and the Niger River. The Bamako-Dakar railroad offers an interesting train journey through the Mali countryside. Bamako is the capital and largest city in Mali.

Mali Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Note, unauthorised photography of public locations such as government buildings or transportation infrastructure may lead to penalties including fines, imprisonment and confiscation of footage and film equipment. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? The rainy season runs between May and November, diminishing the farther north you go. During this time, flooding of the Niger River is common. November to February is a cooler period and best time to film for weather. This is followed by extremely hot, dry weather from February to June. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Festival on the Niger in Segou in February.
• Desert Festival in Timbuktu in February.
• Dogon Mask Festival in April.
• Plastering the Great Mosque. Sometime between April and May, the people of Djenné gather to apply fresh mud on the Great Mosque.

Ramadan is widely observed with most 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. Our Malian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the official currency.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Mali is made up of a diversity of Sub-Saharan ethnic groups as well as the Tuaregs and Maurs, two nomadic groups living in the north. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. Mali 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 Mali.

Equipment. 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 Mali.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews travelling on Western passports are required visas to enter Mali. Visitors are required to show proof of immunization against yellow fever. US passport holders see here for more information. Contact your local Malian embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Mali has paved roads leading from Bamako to most major cities in the south and east. Road conditions range from fair to very bad with some roads becoming impassable during the rainy season. Avoid road travel by night. Our local Malian film fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Mali.

Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Bamako:

Radisson Blu Hotel
LAICO l’Amitie 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 Mali, please see below:

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

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