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Tunisia

Tunisia 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 Tunisia? 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 Tunisia? See below for an introduction to Tunisia 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.

Tunisia Film Locations

Despite its relatively small size, Tunisia offers a great diversity of locations. The landscape of Tunisia can easily double for many Mediterranean looks as well as offer unique looks. Tunisia is best known for its beautiful beaches, desert dunes, otherworldly arid mountain landscapes, oasis, souks, Roman ruins, and Islamic architecture.

Architectural locations of interest include the whitewashed houses of Djerba Island, blue and white homes of Sidi Bou Said, Tunis and Sousse Medinas, holy city of Kairouan, Bardo Museum, Monastir Ribat, amphitheatre of El Jem, troglodyte homes of Matmata (as seen in the first Star Wars film), Ksar Ouled Soltane, and the Roman ruins of El Djem, Dougga, and Carthage.

Natural landscapes of note include Sahara desert sand dunes, Atlas Mountains, Chott el Djerid moonscapes, Lake Ichkeul, and Hammamet beaches.

Agricultural locations of interest include olive groves, as well as wheat and barley fields.

Tunis is the capital and main production centre but depending on the location, a production office can be set up almost anywhere in the country. Outside of Tunis, to the north, Tabarka is a good base for shoots involving mountains, green forests, and coastline. To the south, Tozeur is the gateway to the Sahara desert.

Tunisia has hosted Star Wars Episodes I, II, III and IVRaiders of the Lost Ark, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and The English Patient. The Italians and French have been shooting feature films in Tunisia as far back as the 1970’s.

Tunisia Film Location Permits

Tunisia is open for business and local authorities are very supportive of film projects. A general film permit is required to cover all filming on public property. This takes around 3 days to permit. For larger projects looking to shut streets or take exclusive control of public space, individual permits and longer lead time is required for permitting. Tunisian’s like to do business in person so often our Tunisian fixer / producer will need to travel to the location to negotiate permission to film. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Northern Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild, rainy winters. The central area is semi-arid and the south has a desert climate. The mild spring (March to June) and fall (September to October) are the best seasons to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The International Festival of the Sahara celebrates Tunisia’s nomadic cultures and traditions takes place in December. Ramadan is widely observed with some services limited or closed during this period.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. On average Tunisia is a cost competitive place to shoot. The favorable exchange rate offers considerable savings. The need to bring in some equipment, key crew and talent can add to costs. Depending on the project, Tunisia is more or less a similar price point to Morocco. Our Tunisian service producer / 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 Tunisia. The VAT of 18% is refundable on all expenses for feature films. The negative is considered an export, so there are no charges to be paid through customs.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Tunisia has a small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Tunisian crews have been servicing foreign productions since the 1970’s. They are skilled and experienced and most speak fluent French and English. Note, Tunisians like to do business in person so location departments tend to be larger than usual. As long as the best key crew are available it is usually not necessary to bring in key crew from abroad. Depending on the project, you might want to bring in a DoP, 1st AD and specialist hair / makeup crew. Tunisia’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Tunis based 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 Tunisia. 

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Tunisia offers mainly Arab / Berber looking talent. There is also an expat community offering some European and African looks although the depth is only there for background roles. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Tunisia Film Equipment

No official locally based supplier. Local production companies have their own equipment and share when necessary. Some standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. All other specialized equipment and operators need to be brought in from abroad. For temporary import clearance, Tunisia is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is impressive in Tunisia. Local crews have built sets for films such as Indiana Jones, Star Wars and The English Patient.

Studios and backlots. Mostly small studios. Tunisia has two impressive studio backlots – Ancient Rome (Ext & Int) and 1950’s Sicily (Ext, streets, facades, places).  

Post Production. Best to post abroad. Processing is available locally. LTC Gammarth, a subsidiary of LTC France, is the only local lab.

Visas & Work Permits

Crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to shoot in Tunisia.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Tunisia has an extensive road network. Travel after dark outside of Tunis is best avoided. Desert travel is slower going and subject to sandstorms. Our local fixer will organise safe and reliable 4WD transportation for off-road travel. Several international airlines service regular flights to Tunis.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Tunis include:

Golden Tulip
Sheraton
Hotel le Consul
Les Berges du Lac

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.

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 Tunisia, please see below:

Hire Tunisia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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

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