Belgium 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 Belgium? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Belgium
For an introduction to shooting in Belgium 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.
Belgium Film Locations
Belgium is a small country known for its medieval towns, Renaissance architecture, and having largest concentration of castles in Europe. Belgium hosts the headquarters of the European Union and NATO.
Agricultural film locations include fields of barley, corn, wheat, potatoes and sugar beets.
Belgium has hosted many high end commercial productions and feature films. Visiting productions of note include Gemini Man (2019), Kursk (2018), Sense8 (2015–2018), Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), The Danish Girl (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Grace of Monaco (2014), Nymphomaniac (2013), and In Bruges (2008).
Belgium has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east.
Belgium film locations can be divided into three regions:
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the European Union. It is also Belgium’s main film production centre. Brussels is known for its gleaming EU buildings, wealth of museums, and trendy neighbourhoods where cafe culture rules. Locations of note include the Grand Place (with its beautiful guild houses, Town Hall, and Broodhuis), the Royal Palace, Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, Cinquantenaire, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, and the Atomium. Café La Mort Subite and Le Falstaff feature in The Danish Girl (2015). Horta Museum features in The Danish Girl (2015).
Just outside of Brussels you can find the Hallerbos, also known as the Blue Forest, which blooms a splendid carpet of bluebells from late April into May.
Nemo 33 is a 34.5 metres (113 ft) deep diving pool.
The Dutch speaking region.
Bruges is famous for its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Film locations of note include the Markt of Bruges (Provinciaal Hof, Belfry of Bruges, and guild houses), Bruges City Hall, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Church of Our Lady, St. Salvator’s Cathedral, Loppem Castle, and The Kruispoort.
Antwerp locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Grote Markt, Rubenshuis, Cathedral of Our Lady, and Museum aan de Stroom, Port of Antwerp. Torenhof Castle in Brasschaat features as Miss Peregrine’s Home in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016).
Ghent locations of note include Gravensteen fairytale castle, St Bavo’s Cathedral, Belfry of Ghent, Saint Nicholas’ Church, Korenmarkt, and Graslei quay.
Mechelen is a small, picturesque city known for St. Rombout Cathedral and Beguinage Brewery.
Leuven is known for its City Hall on Grote Markt, and Groot Begijnhof.
Other locations of note in the Flemish Region include Ooidonk Castle in Deinze, Zimmer Clock Tower and Museum in Lier, and C-Mine in Genk.
The French speaking region.
Picturesque cities of note include Dinant, Tournai, Mons, and Liège.
Liége Guillemins railway station features as the Futuristic urban plaza in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
The Ardennes region is known for its deep forests, rolling hills, winding rivers and picturesque lakes.
Southern Belgium also has historic battlefield sites including the Battle of Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars), Ypres (WWI), and the Battle of The Bulge (WWII).
Belgium Film Location Permits
Streamlined permitting process. There are no extraordinary restrictions or rules. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Belgium has a maritime temperate climate with rain occurring regularly across all four seasons. Winter (November to March) is cold and rainy with occasional snowfall. Spring (April to May) is mild with green pastures and flowers in full bloom. Summer (June to September) is warm, with long sunny shoot days. May to September are the best months to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Belgium is known for its colourful and boisterous carnivals held in February and early March. Every two years in August, an enormous flower carpet is set up in the Grand Place.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Belgium.
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.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Belgium trades in the Euro. Local costs are similar to what you might expect in other developed Western European countries such as England or Germany. See here for the current VAT rate. Our Belgian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. The Tax Shelter can provide additional funding up to 25-30% of the total qualifying expenses in the European Economic Area. It allows the finance of up to 40-45% of the Belgian-eligible expenses. In addition, regional funding is also available.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Belgium has a good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Belgium has a great depth of experienced, English speaking crews. Crews are non-union. More specialised crew can be easily brought in from major European production centres.
Contact us if you are looking for a Brussels, Antwerp, or Bruges based 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 in Belgium.
Talent. Most citizens are Belgian (French / Flemish) with some Turkish and North African looks also available. All other talent looks are best cast abroad. Nearby London and Paris offer extensive pools of talent.
Belgium Film Equipment
Equipment. Belgium has a range of standard and specialized camera, lighting and grip equipment available locally. Local companies include Lites, Eye Lite, CQN, and KGS. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Belgium 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.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction. Art department is very strong. See Caramba Decor/SFX for examples.
Studios. Belgium offers a variety of state-of-the-art studio facilities including sound stages and water tanks. Examples include AED Studios, Lites Film Studios, Eye Lite, and CQN.
Post Production. High standard of post production facilities. Examples include Galaxy Studios, Ace Post Production, DeJonghe Film Postproduction, Dada, Studio L’Equipe, and Dame Blanche.
Visas & Work Permits
Belgium is a member of the Schengen Area. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. US film crew can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Contact your local Belgian embassy or representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are up to international standards. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Belgium.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Brussels include:
Suite Home Stephanie
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.
Safety. Belgium is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Belgium is famous for its beer and chocolate.
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 Belgium, please see below:
Hire Belgium Production Support & Shooting Crew
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