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Film Location: Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

Written on April 27, 2016

Film Production Services in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

Film Locations, Permits, Talent, Crew and Equipment.

Settled by the French in the early 17th century, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is the last vestige of Imperial France in North America, a once vast area that stretched from Northern Canada to New Orleans.

Located 25 km south of Newfoundland, Canada, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is an archipelago of 8 islands, 2 of which are inhabited.

The islands have a population of around 7000 people, so the pool of locally available talent is limited to local characters. Langlade Island for instance only has 1 permanent resident.

French and English are widely spoken.

The islands, which are actually part of the northern end of the Appalachian Mountains, have a bare and rocky landscape, subject to heavy North Atlantic storms.

Saint-Pierre is the capital and main entry point by air and sea. Everything is within walking distance. The streets are unmarked, so directions go by nicknames and the names of nearby residents. Saint-Pierre has a distinct French atmosphere, boasting a cathedral and the Musée Heritage.

An island nearby, Île-aux-Marins, features an abandoned fishing village.

In terms of wildlife, the islands are home to a variety of seabirds, seals and migrating whales.

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is a self-governing territory of France, so location permits are arranged on the local level.

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon has no locally available film crew or equipment. There are no film production services companies. The best you can hope for is a good local fixer to get you access to anything your shoot needs. Contact us for referrals.

Costs, Travel, History, and Down Time.

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon trades in the Euro, but USD and CAD are also widely accepted.

Travel to the island involves either a flight or ferry ride. Direct flights are available from St John’s NL, Sydney NS, Halifax NS, and Montreal PQ.

For travel to the islands EU citizens require a passport to transit through Canada, Canadian citizens only require an official photo ID, and other nationalities require a passport.

As far as power plugs are concerned, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon has round power points, like in France.

As well as Saint-Pierre and Miquelon’s long and storied imperial history, the islands are also known for whiskey smuggling during US Prohibition, and as being the only place in North America the guillotine was ever used.

For your down time, enjoy fresh seafood washed down with inexpensive (heavily subsidised) imported French wine.

Contact us for production service support in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon if you require a local fixer, full production service support or a shooting crew.