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Paraguay

Paraguay 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 Paraguay? 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 Paraguay? See below for an introduction to Paraguay 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.

Paraguay Film Locations

Paraguay is a landlocked country located between Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. The landscape is primarily made up of swampland, subtropical forest and savanna.

Film locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Palacio de López, Jesús and Trinidad Jesuit Mission Ruins, Mennonite communities, Ybycuí National Park, Cerro Cora National Park, Lake Ypacarai, and Italpú Dam.

Encarnación, known for its riverside beaches, is the tourist capital of Paraguay. The UNESCO listed Jesuit Missions of La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and Jesus de Tavarangue are located near Encarnación.

Asunción is the capital and main entry point by air.

Paraguay Film Location Permits

Paraguay is generally a film-friendly country. Most locations are quick, easy and innexpensive to permit. Drone filming in permitted. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Paraguay has a hot, sub-tropical climate. The east of the country is more humid and wet than the semi-arid western part. Summer (November to March) can be very hot and rainy. Winter (April to October) is mild and dry. Winter is generally the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Dia de San Blas in February.
• Encarnacion hosts Paraguay’s most famous Carnaval celebrations in January and February.
• Verbena de San Juan in May.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew, equipment and talent are best brought in from abroad. This can add considerably to the cost of shooting. Our Paraguayan fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

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

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Paraguay has a small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Most standard crew is available in Paraguay. More specialised key crew may need to brought in.

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 Paraguay.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Paraguay offers mainly mestizo (mixed European and Amerindian) looks. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Paraguay Film Equipment

Paraguay has standard camera, lighting and grip equipment available locally including drones, gimbals, Alexa Mini, Red Dragon, and Zeiss lenses. Bringing in your own gear is an easy process.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free or obtain visas on arrival for stays of up to 90 days. There is no need for a work permit to film in Paraguay. See here for more information on visas.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are in a good condition. Rural roads are slower going, especially during the rainy season when some become impassable. Several international airlines service flights to Paraguay.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Asuncion include:

Sheraton Asuncion Hotel
Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguay
La Mision Hotel Boutique

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. See here for vaccinations required for Paraguay.

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 Paraguay, please see below:

Hire Paraguay Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Paraguay, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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