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São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe 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 São Tomé and Príncipe? 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 São Tomé and Príncipe? See below for an introduction to São Tomé and Príncipe 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.

São Tomé and Príncipe Film Locations

Located on the equator in the Gulf of Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe is a small archipelago nation best known for its unspoiled rugged landscapes, waterfalls, dense forests, palm-fringed white and black sand beaches with some of the clearest waters in Africa. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Lagoa Azul, Pico de São Tomé (the archipelago’s highest mountain), Santo Antonio’s colonial Portuguese architecture, Porto Alegre ancient fishing village, and cocoa plantations. São Tomé and Príncipe experiences Humpback Whale migration from July to October.

São Tomé and Príncipe Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Taking photographs of the Presidential Palace, military, or other government buildings is strictly forbidden. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

São Tomé and Príncipe has a tropical climate with heavy rainfall, high humidity and warm temperatures throughout the year. The south of the main island is wetter than the north. The main dry season runs from June to September. The wet season runs from October to December. The second dry season runs from December to February. The second wet season runs from March to May. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our São Toméan 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 São Tomé and Príncipe.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. São Tomé and Príncipe has no local pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew need to be brought in from abroad.

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 São Tomé and Príncipe.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. The local population are descendants of a mix of Portuguese colonists and African slaves that migrated to the islands hundreds of years ago. Some Chinese looks also exist. All other talent looks need to be cast abroad.

São Tomé and Príncipe Film Equipment

You will need to bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.

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

Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Most Western passport holders can enter visa-free. Other nationals can apply for an e-Visa ahead of travel. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter. Contact your local São Tomé and Príncipe embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Major roads are paved. Rural roads are slower going. Our local São Toméan fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. A limited ferry service operates between São Tomé and Príncipe. Several international airlines service flights to São Tomé and Príncipe.

Accommodation. See here for options in São Tomé and Príncipe:

Omali Lodge
Pestana Sao Tome Ocean Resort

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.

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 São Tomé and Príncipe, please see below:

Hire São Tomé and Príncipe Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in São Tomé and Príncipe, 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.