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Namibia

Namibia 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 Namibia? 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 Namibia? See below for an introduction to Namibia 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. Namibia is located in southern Africa on the Atlantic coast. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include dramatic Kalahari desert looks, Fish River Canyon, the Skeleton Coast, Brandberg Mountains, Spitzkoppe, Sossusvlei sand dunes, Etosha National Park wildlife (elephants, zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, hyenas and big cats), Cape Cross fur seal colony, Waterberg Plateau Park, Namib Naukluft National Park, Swakopmund, and the photogenic Kolmanskop ghost town in the Namib desert. Windhoek is the capital and main entry point by air.

Namibia has hosted productions such as Mad Max: Fury Road and The Cell.

Namibia Film Location Permits. Visiting productions must apply for a General Film Permit from the Namibia Film Commission at least 3 weeks prior to arrival. See here for the application. Our Namibian fixer / service producer will assist with the application process to make sure everything runs quickly and smoothly. Once you have the General Film Permit additional permits will apply for specific locations, shooting b-roll in cities, shoots that require exclusive use of public space, filming in national parks, drone filming, or filming with tribes such as the Himba and San people. An environmental officer is required to be on set each day of filming in a national park. Additional fees apply. Unauthorised filming of sensitive government areas and public infrastructure is illegal. Penalties may include fines, prison and confiscation of film equipment. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When to shoot? Namibia’s climate is typical of semi-desert terrain, hot days and cool nights. The coastal regions are cooled by the cold Benguela current, bringing fog and rainfall. Temperatures are lower in the central plateau which is at a higher elevation.

Namibia sees an average of 300 days sunshine per year. The hot, rainy summer months run from October to April. Most rain falls as heavy thunderstorms, filling the dry riverbeds, bringing flowers into full bloom. The dry winter months run from May to September with warm days and subzero nights. Winter is the best time for filming wildlife as the dry weather forces animals to congregate at watering holes. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

A former German colony, Namibia celebrates its own version of Oktoberfest.

Costs. The Namibian Dollar is on par with the South African Rand which offers a favorable exchange rate on the international market. On average Namibia offers a similar price point to South Africa. Vehicle rental is slightly more expensive. Fuel and crew rates are slightly less expensive. The need to bring in all key crew and equipment adds to the costs of filming in Namibia. That said, our Namibian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Namibians are of diverse ethnic origins. The principal groups are the Ovambo, Kavango, Herero (including Himba), Damara, Nama, Caprivian, Bushmen (San), Tswana and White Namibians. Namibia’s close proximity to South Africa allows access to that significant talent pool should you ever need to look further.

Namibia also has animal actors available for filming including lions, monkeys, zebras and cheetahs.

Crews. Namibia has a very small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Most supporting crew speak English. Depending on how busy the industry is it may be necessary to bring in some key crew. South Africa is the closest major production centre for experienced crews with Cape Town and Johannesburg a short 2 hour flight away.

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 Namibia.

Equipment. Namibia has some basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. Nearby South Africa has a very good range of standard and specialized equipment. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Namibia is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction is fairly limited although impressive sets have been created with the support of visiting teams.

Studios. No studios exist at present.

Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for foreign feature films or commercials shooting in Namibia.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. All foreign crew are required to have temporary work visas to film in Namibia. Applications must be lodged with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration at least 15 working days prior to your arrival. Our Namibian fixer / service producer will assist with the application process to make sure everything runs quickly and smoothly. Once the work visa is issued, our fixer will email you a copy of that documentation. The crew then just need to travel with a printed copy of the visa (each crew member will need their own hard copy). Presenting this at the port of entry, the immigration official will stamp the visa into your passport. So, there is no need for your actual passports for the application process.

Western passport holders travelling as tourists can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days.

Transportation. Namibia has well maintained paved roads and groomed rural roads. Avoid road travel in desert areas by night. Given the vast distances internal flights are the fastest way to get around the country. Several international airlines service flights to Namibia.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in the capital Windhoek include:

Hotel Heinitzburg
Hotel Thule
Windhoek Country Club Resort

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 Namibia, please see below:

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

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