Portugal 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 Portugal? 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 Portugal? See below for an introduction to Portugal 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. Portugal offers a rich variety of looks including beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, modern architecture, palaces, medieval castles, forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, olive groves, vineyards, wheat fields, sunflower fields, roads ideal for car commercials, spectacular lighthouses, and filming out at sea including big wave surfing.
Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers are Lisbon, Porto, Algarve, Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira), Coimbra, Évora, Óbidos, Guimarães, the Azores islands and the Madeira archipelago, and the monster waves at Nazare. Lisbon is the capital and main production centre.
Modern architecture of note includes the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT), Barajas Airport, Lisbon Orient Station, Porto Cruise Terminal, International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães, and a diverse selection of contemporary homes in urban and natural settings.
Portugal has hosted productions such as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The House of the Spirits and Night Train to Lisbon as well as a long list of TV commercial productions.
Portugal Film Location Permits. City hall typically requires 6 working days for processing permits. Expo requires 1-2 days. It is not possible to shoot at Expo on weekends or public holidays. Beaches require 1-2 days for permits. The city does not require up front payment for locations so our local fixer / service producer is able to file for permission for several locations so that clients have options up to the final days before the shoot. Please contact us for more location specific information.
When to shoot? Portugal is one of Europe’s sunniest countries. Southern Portugal has a climate much like that of Southern California. Summer weather peaks from June to September with very good light for filming. Winter from November to March is rainy with some snow on the Serra da Estrela mountains. Spring through to fall (April to October) are the best months to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Carnaval celebrations take place in February.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Portugal.
Costs. Portugal trades in the Euro. It is one of the least expensive service centres in Western Europe. Portugal typically comes in less expensive than Spain. Our locally based fixers and service producers will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Portugal has a small but multicultural talent pool.
Crews. Portugal has a small but good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are non-union. Crews speak fluent English and are of a high international standard as you would expect anywhere in Western Europe. There is a considerable depth of good local crews and in most cases there is no need to bring key crew from abroad. If you do need to bring in crews Portugal’s close proximity to other major European production centres makes that easy.
Contact us if you are looking for a Lisbon or Algarve based 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 in Portugal.
Fringes. No hidden extras.
Premiums. Crews work a 10 hour day with 1 hour lunch included. Time and a half after 10 hours. Double time after 16 hours. Rest period between days worked is 8 hours. Saturday is time and a half. Sunday is double time. Models are an hourly rate after 10 hours depending on the agreement.
Equipment. All standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available. The Russian Arm, Flying Cam and high speed cameras can easily be brought in from larger nearby European production centres. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Portugal is an ATA carnet country.
Art department and set construction is of a very high standard in Portugal.
Studios There are some very good studios in Portugal, offering a range of facilities including motion control.
Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for commercial shoots. Some tax incentives are available for feature films and TV programs.
Post Production. Quality of post production is also good.
Visas and Work Permits. Portugal is a member of the Schengen Area. US film crews can enter visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. Contact your local Portuguese embassy / representative for more information.
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are of high standard. Portugal is serviced well by many regional and international airlines.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Lisbon. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Safety. Portugal is a very safe and reliable filming centre. 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 Portugal, please see below:
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