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South Sudan

South Sudan 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 South Sudan? 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 South Sudan? See below for an introduction to South Sudan 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.

South Sudan Film Locations

The terrain of South Sudan is tropical forest, swamps, and grassland. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the White Nile, Africa’s largest teak plantation, Boma National Park, and Southern National Park which hosts the second largest wildlife migration in the world. The Sudd Wetland in the swampy lowland region in central South Sudan is home to the pastoral Nilotic Nuer people. Juba is the capital city.

South Sudan Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. A photography permit is required from the Ministry of Interior. Unauthorised photography of government sensitive government buildings and public infrastructure is illegal. Penalties can range from arrest to fines to confiscation of film equipment. Our South Sudanese fixer will Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

South Sudan has a tropical climate. The south sees more rain than the north. South Sudan has hot, rainy summers (June to November) and warm, dry winters (December to May). For monthly weather statistics please see here.

South Sudan is a relatively new country. Independence Day celebrations take place in July. Most other holidays are based on the Christian calendar.

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 South Sudanese 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 South Sudan.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. South Sudan has a very small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should 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 South Sudan.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. South Sudan has many tribal groups. Nilotic tribes include the Dinka, Shilluk and the Nuer with the Dinka being the largest tribe. The Acholi and Lotuhu live in the extreme south. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

South Sudan Film Equipment

You will need to bring in all camera, lighting and grip 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. Must post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews travelling on Western passports need to have visas to enter South Sudan. Applications for a visa can be made at your closest South Sudanese embassy. Our local fixer / service producer will provide you with an Invitation Letter and other required documentation to add to your application. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter South Sudan. US passport holders see here for more information. Contact your local South Sudanese embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads outside of Juba are poorly maintained. In particular, roads to the north often become impassable during the rainy season from July to September. Avoid road travel by night. Some off-road are yet to be cleared of landmines. Our South Sudanese fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport. Several international airlines service flights to South Sudan.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Juba include:

Logali House
Acacia Village

Final Notes

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

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 South Sudan, please see below:

Hire South Sudan Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in South Sudan, 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.