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Monaco

Monaco 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 Monaco? 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 Monaco? See below for an introduction to Monaco 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. Monaco is the world’s second smallest country. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Hotel de Paris, Jardin Exotique, lush parks with fountains, luxury villas, and marinas with superyachts.

Monaco Film Location Permits. Monaco has a streamlined permitting process. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When to shoot? Monaco has a beautiful Mediterranean climate with 300 days of sunshine each year. The hottest months are July and August. The coolest months are January and February. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place in May.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Monaco.

Costs. Monaco trades in the Euro. It is known to be a tax haven for the wealthy. As such, it can be a very expensive place to shoot, particularly if it’s a large, complicated project. That said, our Monégasque service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent. The largest proportion of residents are French nationals, followed by Monacans and Italians. The remainder are from all over the world. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad. Many celebrities reside in Monaco, which is one of the main reasons productions film there.

Crews. Monaco has a small but good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Some key crew need to be brought in from abroad. Local crews speak fluent English. Monaco’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 Monaco.

Equipment. Monaco has a range of standard and specialized camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Monaco is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction is of a high standard but very expensive.

Studios. Facilities exists in nearby Nice:

Victorine Studios

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

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Although Monaco is technically not a member of the Schengen Area, it has open borders with France, making it a de facto Schengen Area country. Crews travelling on western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 3 months. There are no specific work permits required for filming in Monaco.

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads getting to and around Monaco are very well maintained. Cote d’Azur International Airport in Nice, France is the closest airport, 15 miles away from Monaco.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Monte Carlo include:

Hotel Hermitage
Hotel de Paris
Fairmont Monte Carlo
Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo

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 Monaco, please see below:

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

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