Dominica 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 Dominica? 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 Dominica? See below for an introduction to Dominica 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.
Dominica Film Locations
Dominica has many beautiful natural landscapes to choose from including lush mountainous rainforest, swamps and jungle looks, mangroves, the second largest boiling lake in the world, volcanoes, hot springs, freshwater lakes, cascading rivers, black and gold sand beaches, easily accessible paradise-island waterfalls, banana plantations and a variety of underwater photography looks. Dominica also has Creole villages, and old fort ruins. The capital Roseau is known for its French Quarter and Old Market. Nature locations of note include Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and Cabrits National Park. Morne Diablotins is the highest mountain in Dominica. Tropical waterfalls of interest include Trafalgar Falls, Salton Falls, Middleham Falls, Jacko Falls, Spanny Falls, and Sari-Sari Falls. Although better known for its jungle interior, there are also some beautiful beaches such as Mero Beach, Pointe Baptiste, Champagne Beach, Purple Turtle Beach, Douglas Bay, and Batibou Beach, where Pirates of the Caribbean filmed.
Dominica has hosted productions such as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and Pirate Master.
Dominica Film Location Permits
Film friendly government agencies. Permitting is a straight forward process. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Dominica has a hot, subtropical climate. The dry season runs from December to May. This is the best time to film for weather. The wet season runs from June to November. Thunderstorms and hurricanes occur during this period. Dominica is one of the wetter countries in the Caribbean with rainfall especially heavy in mountain areas. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The colourful Creole Carnival takes place in February every year. The World Creole Music Festival takes place in October.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. The greatest cost is the need to bring in your key crew and equipment but that is offset by the low costs of local talent, locations and supporting crew. Our Dominican fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for foreign feature films or commercials shooting in Dominica.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Dominica has a very small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Local crews speak English but since little depth exists it’s best to bring your key crew from abroad. Dominica also offers support for underwater photography.
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 Dominica.
Talent. Day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Most Dominicans are Afro-Caribbean. Dominica also offers some Amerindian, Caucasian and Lebanese looks. It is also home to the few remaining Carib Indians in the Caribbean. There is also a pool of American students available for background work as extras.
Dominica Film Equipment
Equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. For productions intending to bring in camera, lighting and grip equipment, Dominica is not an ATA carnet country. The Dominica Film Commission provides assistance in obtaining a waiver of import duties and taxes on equipment and supplies visiting crews are bringing in for the shoot.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is limited in Dominica. Key crew are best brought in from abroad.
Studios and backlots at present do not exist in Dominica.
Post Production. Best to post abroad.
Visas & Work Permits
Western passport holders visiting as tourists can enter Dominica visa-free for periods of 6 or 3 months. The Dominica Film Commission is able to provide assistance to visiting film crews in obtaining a waiver of work permits. Application for waivers must be submitted at least 15 days prior to arrival.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are well maintained especially around the capital. The winding mountain roads that get you around the island are slower going. Several international airlines service flights to Dominica.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Dominica include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
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 Dominica, please see below:
Hire Dominica Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Dominica, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Dominica, 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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