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Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago 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 Trinidad and Tobago? 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 Trinidad and Tobago? See below for an introduction to Trinidad and Tobago 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.

Trinidad and Tobago Film Locations

Trinidad and Tobago is a Caribbean nation located just to north of Venezuela. Trinidad is an industrial centre known for petroleum and natural gas production. Tobago is known for its natural beauty. Locations of interest include Buccoo Reef underwater photogrpahy, Aripo Caves, white sand beaches, Fort George, Pitch Lake (the largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world).

Trinidad and Tobago Film Location Permits

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

When To Shoot?

Trinidad and Tobago has a tropical climate. The dry season runs from January to May and is the best time to film for weather. The wet season runs from from June to December. Trinidad and Tobago lies just south of the hurricane belt. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Colourful festivities of interest include the Trinidad Carnival which takes place in February / March and Diwali which takes place in October / November.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Trinidad and Tobago.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Trinidad and Tobago is inexpensive by Caribbean standards. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Trinidadian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. Trinidad and Tobago offers a Production Expenditure Rebate Programme. For projects spending over $1,000,000, this includes rebates of up to 55% for expenditures on qualifying local labour and 35% on other local expenditures. Projects spending less than $1,000,000 receive a lower percentage rebate subject to a sliding scale.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Trinidad and Tobago has a very small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew needs to be brought in.

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 Trinidad and Tobago.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. English is the official language. Trinidad and Tobago offers mainly Indo-Trinidadian and Afro-Trinidadian looks. All other talent looks are best brought in from abroad.

Trinidad and Tobago Film Equipment

There are no camera, grip and lighting equipment houses in Trinidad and Tobago. Miami is the closest major production centre should you need to look further. Bringing in equipment is a quick and easy process.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. None available locally. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Visiting crews travelling on western passports can enter Trinidad and Tobago visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to film in Trinidad and Tobago.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. Getting between islands is done by boat or plane. Several international airlines service flights to Trinidad and Tobago.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Trinidad and Tobago include:

Le Grand Courlan Resort & Spa
Coco Reef Tobago
Grafton Beach Resort

Hyatt Regency Trinidad

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.

Down Time. Lime & Wine.

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 Trinidad & Tobago, please see below:

Hire Trinidad and Tobago Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Trinidad and Tobago, 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.