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Comoros 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 the Comoros? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in the Comoros

For an introduction to shooting in the Comoros 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.

Comoros Film Locations

The Comoros is an African island archipelago in the Indian Ocean made up of 3 islands: Grand Comore, Moheli, and Anjouan.

The islands are volcanic and surrounded by coral reefs making for some beautiful paradise-island looks including palm-lined white sand beaches, tropical mountain landscapes and waterfalls. Agricultural looks of interest include nutmeg, vanilla, cloves, pepper, jasmine and orange plantations.

Grande Comore is the largest island in the Comoros. Moroni is the capital and main entry point by air. Film locations of note include Volo Volo market, the photogenic Vendredi Mosque, and the winding alleys of the Medina section.

Outside of Moroni you can find Itsandra beach, Chomoni beach, Mitsamiouli beach, the town of Iconi, and Coelocanth Marine Park. Mount Karthala is an active volcano and the highest point of the Comoros. The Comoros offer some great underwater photography options. Vailheu Bank and Massiwa wreck are two dive sites of note.

Mohéli is the smallest of the islands. It known for its natural beauty with beautiful beaches, baobab trees, and range of fauna such as Livingstone bats, whales, and nesting turtles.

Anjouan is known for its waterfalls and lush vegetation. The town of Mutsamudu is built in the Shirazi/Swahili style. Domoni is a city of interest to filmmakers and photographers.

Comoros Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. It is illegal to photography of government buildings, military installations, and other key infrastructure such as ports, train stations, and airports, without the permission of relevant authorities. You could be fined, have your photographic equipment confiscated, and risk arrest. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

The islands have a tropical climate with temperatures cooler and wetter at higher altitudes. The hot and humid wet season runs from November to April. The cool, dry season from May and October is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Comoros is a predominately Muslim nation where holidays such as Ramadan are observed.

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

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. Because the Comoros are so isolated, prices of imported goods tend to be more expensive than the rest of East Africa. Our Comoran 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 the Comoros.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. The Comoros has a very small local pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew needs 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 the Comoros.

Talent day rates and buyouts are reasonable and negotiated on a personal level. The Comoran people are a blend of African, Arab and Malayo-Indonesian. Other talent looks need to be cast abroad. The official languages are French, Arabic, and Comorian.

Comoros Film Equipment

Equipment. You will need to bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.

Communications. Internet 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.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

All nationals are required to have visas to enter the Comoros. Visas are available on arrival. Contact your closest Comoran embassy or representative for more information. US passport holders see here for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure is quite basic. Most roads are paved but narrow and slow going, particularly during the wet season. Our Comoran fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Getting between islands is best done by boat or plane. Services are limited so book ahead. Several international airlines service flights to the Comoros.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in the Comoros:

Itsandra Beach Hotel

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.

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 Comoros, please see below:

Hire Comoros 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 Comoros, please contact us.

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