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Morocco

Morocco 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 Morocco? 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 Morocco? See below for an introduction to Morocco 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 of interest in Morocco include Marrakech, Tangiers, Fez, Meknes, Sahara Desert, High Atlas Mountains, Cascades d’Ouzoud, great car commercial roads in the Tichka Mountains, Draa Valley, Talassemtane National Park, Todra and Dades Gorges, Draa Valley, Roman ruins of Volubilis, ancient Berber villages, Ait Benhaddou, Hassan Tower of Rabat, picturesque coastal towns such as the whitewashed Asilah and Essaouira and the blue buildings of Chefchaouen. Casablanca is the main production centre where crew and equipment come from. Shooting the Sahara sand dunes requires basing in Ouarzazate and another 4.5 hours drive to location. Morocco also administers the territory of Western Sahara which consists predominately of arid, desert landscapes. Morocco’s agricultural looks of interest include olive and citrus fruit groves, vineyards, wheat and barley fields.

Morocco’s reputation as a safe and open country makes it a popular location to film Middle Eastern looks. Films hosted include American Sniper, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Kundun, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Babel to name but a few.

Morocco Film Location Permits. A shooting permit issued by the Moroccan Cinematographic Center is required for filming in Morocco. Additional location permits may be required for specific locations. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When to shoot? Morocco offers long, sunny shoot days all year round. Coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate. Inland areas are hot and dry. Winter runs from December to April with rain in the north and snow on the High Atlas Mountains in the south. Summer runs from June to September with temperatures reaching extreme highs in the southern desert regions. Spring (March through May) is the best time to film for weather and lush green landscapes. Fall (September to December) is also a good time to shoot for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Moroccan festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon) in April.
• The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in June.
• Essaouira Gnawa in June.
• The Imichil Marriage Festival in August.
• The Erfoud Date Festival in October.

Ramadan is widely observed with many services limited or closed during this period.

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

Costs. By world standards Morocco is a very cost competitive place to shoot. Our Moroccan service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Moroccans are of Berber or mixed Arab-Berber decent. Morocco’s relatively close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. Talent agencies exist in Casablanca.

Crews. Morocco has a small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. There is a growing pool of experienced supporting crew although many productions still bring in their own key crew. It’s a good idea to have a local Arabic-speaking AD for projects with a large crew and talent size. Morocco’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 Morocco.

Equipment. Morocco has all of the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment based locally. Specialised gear needs to be brought in from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Morocco is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction is very good and a fraction of the cost of filming in Western Europe or the United States.

Studios of note include Atlas Studios, Cinedina Studios and CLA Studios.

Backlots. At present no backlots exist in Morocco.

Tax Incentives. Morocco offers a 20% cash rebate. To be eligible, visiting productions are required to spend at least USD 1 million and the project must run at least 18 working days.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Contact your local Moroccan embassy / representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Casablanca can be quite congested. Modern highways link the major cities. Rural roads are subject to flooding during the rainy season. Our Moroccan fixer / service producer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport for off-road travel. Domestic and international flights are available with several major airlines and budget carriers servicing Morocco.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Morocco include:

Casablanca:
Sofitel
Hotel & Spa Le Doge

Marrakech:
Kasbah Tamadot
Hotel La Renaissance
Palais Rhoul
Ksar Char-Bagh

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. 

Safety. On the whole Morocco is a safe place to shoot. While accommodating in a desert camp area, safety by local gendarmerie and / or military is provided. 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 Morocco, please see below:

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

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