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Tajikistan

Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan? 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 Tajikistan? See below for an introduction to Tajikistan 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. Tajikistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia. The landscape is predominately rugged mountains with stunning valleys. Locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Pamir Mountains, Alai Mountains, Shahristan, Lake Kara-Kul, Muragazor Lakes, Silk Road mountain and desert looks, and wheat fields. Nurek Hydroelectric Dam is one of the tallest artificial dams in the world. Dushanbe is the capital and main entry point into Tajikistan. Tajikistan easily doubles for Afghanistan looks whilst being a much safer place to shoot. The Pamir Highway offers filmmakers an interesting array of locations and adventure.

Films shot in Tajikistan include Mangal Pandey: The Rising, and Special Forces. 

Tajikistan Film Location Permits. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. It is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings without prior permission. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? The climate changes drastically according to elevation. Lowland areas, including the Fergana Valley, have a continental climate with very cold winters, while the arid southwestern lowlands are much warmer. The mountains can be very cold and subject to extremes of temperature all year round.

Tajikistan’s winter (December to February) is very cold and snowy. Spring (March to May) brings mild temperatures but frequent, heavy showers. April is the best time to film in southern Tajikistan with wildflowers in bloom. Summer (June to September) is very hot and dry in the south but offers good weather for filming in the Pamir mountain region. Fall (October to November) is mild in the lowlands. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Navrus is celebrated in March. Ramadan is observed by the majority Muslim population with some services closed during this period.

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

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Tajikistan offers mainly Tajik looks with some Uzbek and Russian looks also available. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad. Kinoart is a local agency for actors.

Crews. Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan.

Equipment. Some very basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most equipment from abroad.

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. Tojikfilm are the state film studios.

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

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas and Work Permits. Crews travelling on Western passports must have a visa to enter Tajikistan. Visas can be obtained in advance at your closest Tajik embassy, or you can obtain a visa on arrival at Dushanbe Airport, or via the e-Visa system. Our local fixer / service producer will provide crews with a visa support letter to help ease passage through customs and immigration. Crews need to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within 3 days of arrival in Tajikistan. Contact your closest Tajik embassy for more information. Note, many flights to Tajikistan transit through Russia, so visitors travelling via Russia will need to comply with Russian transit visa regulations.

Transportation Infrastructure. Mains roads vary in quality from good to poor. Rural and mountain roads may become impassable during the winter snowfalls and spring snow melt. Several international airlines service flights to Tajikistan.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Dushanbe include:

Hyatt Regency Dushanbe
Dushanbe Serena Hotel
Asia Grand Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays our Taijk fixer can also organize serviced apartments or homestays with local communities.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Final Notes. Stay in a yurt with Turkic nomads.

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 Tajikistan, please see below:

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

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