British Virgin Islands 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 the British Virgin Islands? 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 the British Virgin Islands? See below for an introduction to British Virgin Islands 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.
British Virgin Islands Film Locations
The British Virgin Islands comprise of around sixty tropical Caribbean islands with Tortola and Virgin Gorda being the largest. Most of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain. Anegada is geologically distinct from the rest of the group and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. The British Virgin Islands are known for their luxurious residences, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, coral reef underwater photography, sailing, sheltered harbors, national parks, botanical gardens, lush green mountains, caves, old forts and plantation estates.
Beyond the major islands, other locations of note include Scrub Island, The Baths, Norman Island, Peter Island, Cooper Island, Guana Island, and Beef Island. Necker Island is owned by Sir Richard Branson.
The British Virgin Islands have hosted a long list of TV shows, TV commercials and stills shoots as seen here.
British Virgin Islands Film Location Permits
Permitting is a quick and easy process requiring usually no more than one week for permits. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
British Virgin Islands have a sub-tropical warm and sunny climate throughout the year. The warm, dry season runs from December to April and is the best time to film for weather, although it’s also the high season for tourists and therefore the most expensive time to film. The hot, rainy season runs from May to November with hurricanes a possibility. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The British Virgin Islands host the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival in March / April.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Miami is the closest major film production centre a 2.5 hour flight away.
The British Virgin Islands trade in the USD. Local costs are also somewhat expensive, especially for accommodation during the dry period. That said, our Virgin Islander 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 British Virgin Islands.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. British Virgin Islands has a very small pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Some supporting crew is available locally. The close proximity to Miami and other major US production centres allows easy access to those crews.
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 the British Virgin Islands.
Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Most citizens are Afro-Caribbean with some Caucasian looks also available. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad. Miami offers a deep multicultural pool of talent.
British Virgin Islands Film Equipment
Some basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. For productions intending to bring in equipment British Virgin Islands is not an ATA carnet country but the process of bringing in gear is easy.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is very basic.
Studios and backlots. None exist at present.
Post Production. There are no post production facilities in British Virgin Islands.
Visas & Work Permits
British Virgin Islands allow the passport holders of the below countries highlighted in green to enter visa-free for a period of up to 1 month. The rest should contact the Home Office in the UK or the nearest British Embassy / High Commission for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Good network of roads albeit often narrow and steep. Charter boats and yachts are a good way to get around the islands. Several international airlines service flights to the British Virgin Islands.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in the British Virgin Islands include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. British Virgin Islands are a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to visit. 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 the British Virgin Islands, please see below:
Hire British Virgin Islands Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in the British Virgin Islands, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in the British Virgin Islands, 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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