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Sudan

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 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 Sudan? See below for an introduction to 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.

Film Locations. The landscape of Sudan is mainly flat plains broken up by several mountain ranges. The north has the very dry Nubian Desert. The south has swamps and rainforest. The dry regions are plagued by sandstorms which can completely block out the sun. The capital Khartoum is located where the Blue Nile meets the White Nile to form the River Nile. Khartoum locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Omdurman camel market, the Arab souk and the National Museum. Outside of Khartoum you can find Dinder National Park wildlife, Jebel Marra (highest peak in Darfur), underwater filming of Red Sea coral reefs, agricultural land along the River Nile, Ancient and Medieval Nubian archaeological sites including the Pyramids of Meroe, Jebel Barkal, and Temple of Amun.

Sudan Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? In the north, April to October is very hot and dry with Saharan sandstorms blowing in. In the south, April to October is hot and rainy. November to March is warm with clear skies. This is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Most festivals and events are based on the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is widely observed with many services closed during this period. Cultural events of interest include the Kassala camel races held in September / October.

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 Sudanese fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Sudan has many unique tribal cultures. Sudan predominantly consists of black, Arab and Beja looks. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Crews. 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 Sudan.

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

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

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

Post Production. Must post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Entry visas or entry permits are required for visiting crew planning to film in Sudan. Crew members must register at the Ministry of Interior within three days of arrival. If travelling more than 25 kilometres outside of Khartoum, a travel permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs in Khartoum. A separate travel permit is required for travel to Darfur. A photography permit from the Sudanese Ministry of Interior, Department of Aliens.

Filmmakers, photographers and journalists who expect to travel to the United States in the future ought to also bear in mind the possible repercussions of having a Sudanese visa stamped in their passport.

Transportation Infrastructure. Road conditions are poor outside of major towns. Roads in the south during the wet season can become impassable. Road travel by night is not recommended. Our local Sudanese film fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Sudan.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Khartoum include:

Al Salam Rotana
Burj Al-Fateh Hotel
Khartoum Regency Hotel

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 Sudan, please see below:

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

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