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

Angola Film Locations

Angola is a country of great potential. Film locations include busy city streets, Portuguese colonial architecture, Art Deco cinemas, beaches, waterfalls, and national parks.

Into the Okavango was filmed in Angola.

Luanda is the capital city and main production service centre. This busy, chaotic city is known for its high rise buildings, shipping ports, Palácio de Ferro, and Fortaleza de São Miguel.

A short drive south from Luanda takes you to Quiçama National Park, known for its coastal savannah, baobab trees and big wildlife including elephants, giraffes and zebras. Other national parks of note include Bicauri National Park, Luiana National Park, Candagala National Park, Iona National Park, and Mupa National Park.

Miradouro da Lua offers a spectacular lunar landscape by the ocean. It is one of Angola’s most impressive film locations.

Angola is the source of the Okavango Delta.

Serra da Leba has a beautiful green mountain pass road with 56 curves, an ideal location for a car commercial.

Tundavala Fissure is a magnificent lookout.

Angolan beaches of note include Praia Morena, Ilha de Luanda, Baia de Luanda, Praia do Girassol, Praia da Baia Azul and Praia da Ponta Negra.

Impressive waterfalls include Kalandula Waterfalls, Tazua Waterfalls, and Dala Waterfalls.

Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a sprawling, multi-colored housing development built by the Chinese.

The Benguela railway runs from the east of Angola to the port of Lobito, a city known for its well preserved Art Deco buildings.

Oil and gas extraction is a major industry in Angola. In terms of agricultural locations, Angola is known for its coffee plantations. Angola has great potential for agricultural development.

Angola Film Location Permits

Permits are required for all filming in Angola, whether it be b-roll or locking down streets. Allow plenty of lead time for permitting. Unauthorised filming near government buildings, military installations, and key infrastructure is prohibited. Penalties include confiscation of photographic equipment, fines and imprisonment. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Luanda’s climate is moderately tropical. Northern Angola has a wet, hot, tropical climate, central Angola is dry and cool, and southern Angola is arid. The dry, cooler season runs from June to late September, while the rainy, hot season extends from October to May. Roads between cities become impassible during the heaviest rains. The dry season is the best time to shoot for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The colourful Angola Carnival takes place in February every year.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Angola is an oil based economy. Goods and services are expensive across the board. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment need to be brought in from abroad which will add to the cost of filming. Our Angolan 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 Angola.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Angola has a very limited pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Some very basic supporting crew exists locally but key crew for more complex jobs must be brought in from abroad. South Africa is the closest major production centre.

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 Angola.

Talent day rates and buyouts are reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Portuguese is the official language. Angola offers mainly Southern African looking talent with the main ethnic groups being the Ovimbundu, Ambundu and the Bakongoand. There is also a very small Portuguese expat community. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad. Angola has a rich history of music and dance as seen in the Kuduro, Semba, Kizomba and Tarrachinha styles.

Angola Film Equipment

Equipment. Some basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally otherwise it’s best to bring in equipment from abroad. Allow plenty of lead time to arrange bringing in gear.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Access to internet outside of Luanda is limited.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Crews travelling on Western passports require a visa to enter and film in Angola. Applications are to be made with you closest Angolan embassy. For United States passport holders, see here for more information. You will need to present the project synopsis, gear list, passport details and other relevant information for visa approval. Allow up to a month lead time for this.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure is quite basic. Most roads are unsealed and damaged. Luanda is notorious for bad traffic. Outside of major urban areas, unexploded landmines are still a danger. Our Angolan fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service Angola.

Accommodation. Hotels are expensive. Recommended film friendly hotels in Luanda include:

Talatona Convention Hotel
Le Presidente Luanda

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. For those looking to stay with local communities our fixer also organises hosted accommodation.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. See here for vaccinations required for Angola.

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 Angola, please see below:

Hire Angola Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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