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Albania Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Albania? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Albania

For an introduction to shooting in Albania see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Albania Film Locations

Albania is best known for its well preserved Ottoman cities, archaeological ruins, castles, fortresses, mosques, churches, Soviet architecture, rugged mountains, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, national parks, and white sand beaches with azure seas. Albania is also home to hundreds of thousands of concrete bunkers throughout the country,  built by the former dictator Hoxha.

Agricultural locations of note include tobacco plantations, wheat fields, vineyards, citrus, fig and olive groves.

The establishing shots of Lazarat (2019) were filmed in Albania.

Albania’s film locations can be divided into the following regions:

Coastal Region

The Albanian Riviera is famous for its beautiful beaches and azure waters. The resort city of Saranda is known for its beaches and Lëkurësi castle. The city of Vlora is the gateway to Kanina castle, Zvernec Island, Orikum, and the untouched paradise beaches of the Karaburun Peninsula. Located between Saranda and Vlora, Southern Albania is home to many beautiful beaches including Dhërmi, Livadhi, Ksamil, Borsh, Porto Palermo, Llamani, and Filikuri.

Llogara National Park is known for the Llogara Pass, one of the most spectacular drives in Albania.

Apollonia is known for its ancient Greek ruins.

Heading towards the southern border, Butrint is known for its ancient Greek and Roman ruins.

Northeastern Region

Tirana is the capital and main entry point by air. The city doubles well for urban Italian looks as well as old Soviet-era locations. Many of the city’s drab buildings have been painted in bright colours. Film locations of note include Skanderbeg Square, National Museum of History, Et’hem Bey Mosque, Grand Park, and the Clock Tower. The Pyramid of Tirana is a unique Soviet-era structure. Facility 0774 nuclear bunker is a five story bunker with over 100 rooms that now serves as a cultural center. Dajti Mountain National Park on the outskirts of the city is a beautiful forested area offering city skyline views that can be reached by cablecar.

The rugged Albanian Alps in the north of the country are home to the picturesque Theth National Park, Valbona Valley National Park, and the ancient cities of Shkoder and Puka. Krujë castle is a well preserved Ottoman-era citadel that would make for an interesting film location.

Southeastern Region

Southern Albania is where you can find the unique Ottoman cities of Gjirokastër and Berat, with the spectacular Mount Tomorr as the backdrop.

The blue-green waters of the Benja Thermal Baths are reached after crossing an old single-arch stone bridge.

Syri I Kalter is a deep blue spring that plunges to an unknown depth.

Korça is known for its old bazaar and the Mirahori Mosque.

Lake Ohrid and Lake Prespa can be found in the eastern part of this region.

Albania Film Location Permits

Albania Film Location Permits are arranged with the relevant municipality. A general police permit may also be required. Most permits are free and require at least 2 weeks to process. Additional fees may apply for filming historic locations. Allow more lead time and costs for shoots that require exclusive use of public space. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Albania has a transitional climate from Mediterranean to continental. In the highlands, snow can fall from November until March. In the lowlands, the winters are mild and the summers are very hot and dry. Beach and mountain areas are busy with holiday makers from June to August. The fringe summer months are the best times for filming. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Although Albania is a majority Muslim country services remain open during Ramadan. The Korça Beer Festival takes place in August. The Tirana International Film Festival takes place in November.

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

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Albania Costs & Tax Incentives For Filming

Costs. Local costs are some of the lowest in Europe. Our Albanian fixer / service producer will negotiate deals and offer the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad which will add to those costs.

Tax Incentives for foreign commercials and features do no exist at present.

Albania Film Crew & Talent

Crew. Albania has a small number of directors and photographers. Experienced directors of photography are best brought in. Only basic supporting crew is available locally. Experienced technical and creative crews can easily be brought in from nearby major European production centres.

Contact us if you are looking for a director, DoP / cinematographer, videographer / camera operator, stills photographer, or any other film crew for your shoot in Albania.

If you are an exceptionally talented Albanian director, DoP / cinematographer, videographer / camera operator, or stills photographer, introduce yourself here.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Casting facilities are undeveloped and street casting is often required. Albania offers mostly Albanian talent looks characterised by dark Mediterranean features. Its close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. Albania’s mountain region is home to a fascinating community of Sworn Virgins, otherwise known as burneshas, or females who have chosen to live their lives as men.

Albania Film Equipment

Equipment. Albania has some basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. You will need to bring in most standard equipment from abroad. Serbia, Italy and Greece are the closest established service centres to bring in equipment. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Albania is an ATA carnet country.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Albania Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction are basic.

Studios. Tirana has some basic studio facilities.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Albania Visas & Work Permits For Filming

Albania is not a Schengen area member state. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Western passport holders may visit visa-free for a maximum stay of 90 days. There is no formal work permit required for visiting crews. Contact your local Albanian embassy or representative for more information.

Albania Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are of a good standard. Albania is small country so domestic transport is best done by land. Albania is serviced by several international airlines.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Tirana include:

Theranda Hotel
The Sheraton Tirana

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.

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 Albania, please see below:

Hire Albania Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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