Cameroon 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 Cameroon? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Cameroon
For an introduction to shooting in Cameroon 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.
Cameroon Film Locations
Cameroon is “Africa in miniature”. It has all the major climates and landscapes found in Africa including tropical forests, lakes, beaches, savannah, deserts and mountains. Wildlife including lions, elephants, hippos and giraffes can be found throughout the country. National park and nature reserves of interest include Bénoué, Bouba Ndjidah, Waza, Korup, Lobéké, Kalamaloué, Mefou, Campo Ma’an, and Dja Faunal. The southern part of Lake Chad is in Cameroon. Kribi is a beautiful beach and the nearby Chutes de la Lobe waterfall cascades directly into the sea. Rhumsiki is a traditional village located in the Mandara Mountains. Agricultural looks include cocoa, coffee, banana, cotton and rubber plantations. The vibrant city of Yaounde is the capital and Douala is the largest city.
Cameroon Film Location Permits
Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. It is illegal to take pictures of government buildings, military installations, and other public facilities. Unauthorised photography may be punished with fines, arrest and confiscation of your photographic equipment. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Cameroon has a tropical climate which is humid in the south and dry in the north. In the south, the dry season runs from November to February, the small rainy season is from March to June and the big rains come between August and October. The dry season is the best time to film for weather. In the north the rainy season runs from May to September. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Cameroon celebrates both Christian and Muslim holidays. Cameroonian festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:
• Nyem-Nyem Festival held in the city of Ngaoundéré in July.
• African Music Market (Le Kolatier) is held in Yaoundé every two years in October.
• Ngondo Festival in Douala every December.
• Nguon Festival of Foumban every two years in December.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Cameroon.
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. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Cameroonian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
The Central African CFA franc (XAF) is the official currency. Local ATM’s are unreliable, so make sure to bring USD or Euros to exchange.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Cameroon.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Cameroon has a small local pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Cameroon has a good gaffer, art department, hair and makeup, and sound recordists. Some crew may need to be brought in from abroad.
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 Cameroon.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Cameroon has mainly West African looking talent including Cameroon Highlanders, Equatorial Bantu, Kirdi, Fulani, Northwestern Bantu and Eastern Nigritic peoples. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.
Cameroon Film Equipment
Equipment. You will need to bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.
Communications. Internet can be slow and unreliable.
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 is very basic beyond local looks.
Studios and backlots. None exist at present.
Post Production. Post abroad.
Visas & Work Permits
Crews travelling on Western passports are required to apply for entry visas at their closest Cameroonian embassy or mission. The application must include an invitation letter from a locally based fixer, as well as proof of polio and yellow fever vaccination. Processing times vary. Allow at least a week. US travellers see here for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Major roads are paved. Rural roads are slower going and difficult to cross during the rainy seasons. Travel by night outside of major towns is considered dangerous. Our Cameroonian fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Cameroon.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Cameroon:
Le Meridien Douala
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
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 Cameroon, please see below:
Hire Cameroon Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Cameroon, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Cameroon, 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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