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Tibet

Tibet 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 Tibet? 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 Tibet? See below for an introduction to Tibet locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. The Tibetan Autonomous Region is famous for Himalayan mountains, Lhasa’s Potala Palace and Norbulingka. A number of significant monasteries exist including Jokhang Temple, Ramoche Temple, Rongbuk Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery and Samye Monastery. Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is regarded by some as the deepest canyon in the world. Much of Tibet is at a high altitude, so allow for acclimatisation. 

Tibet Film Location Permits. Filming in Tibet is strictly controlled by the Chinese government. Unsanctioned filming can result in arrest and future bans from entering China, and serious problems for local Tibetans involved.

When to shoot? Tibet has a dry climate, with year-round cold temperatures in the mountains and plateaus. Temperatures fluctuate greatly between day and night. Tibet has many sunny days throughout the year so appropriate sun protection is a must no matter the season.

Winter runs from November to March. Temperatures are very cold with some roads closed due to heavy snowfall. Spring runs from April to May with clear and cool conditions. Summer runs from May to September with warm days and cold nights. High altitude locations become accessible and grasslands are at their lushest. Fall runs from September to October with clear and cool conditions. Spring and fall are the best seasons for Mt Everest visibility.

Tibetan New Year (Losar) is celebrated sometime between January and March, depending on the Tibetan calendar. The Saga Dawa Festival takes place in May / June. The month of August has the Ganden Thangka Festival, Shoton Festival, and Nagqu Horse Racing Festival.

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

Film Infrastructure: Talent, Crews, Equipment, Studios, Post Production. Everything must be brought in from abroad. Tibet is not set up to service commercial film and stills shoots.

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 Tibet.

Visas and Permits. Travel to Tibet is strictly controlled by the Chinese government. Entry restrictions may change dramatically and without prior warning with entry often banned during periods of civil unrest.

To enter Tibet you must have a valid Chinese Visa and a Tibet Entry Permit (TTB). The TBB only allows access to Lhasa and Nagqu. To enter more restricted areas an Alien Travel Permit (PSB) is also required. A Military Permit is required if you want to travel to sensitive military zones. If you are entering Tibet by plane from mainland China, you will need the original permit. If you are arriving by train, you will only need a photocopy of the permit. Permits must be organized through an official agent as part of a pre-arranged tour. Please contact us for contact details of a reliable agent. Once in Tibet you must be accompanied by an official guide. If you leave Lhasa you must also be accompanied by an official car and driver.

Contact your local Chinese embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Much of Tibet has rough slow going roads. If arriving in Lhasa by air be mindful that flying in from a lower altitude city puts you at higher risk of altitude sickness.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Lhasa include:

St. Regis Lhasa Resort
Shambhala Palace

Communication. Internet and phones are available in larger population centres.

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 Tibet, please see below:

If you are looking for a fixer in Tibet, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.