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Equatorial Guinea

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

Filming in Equatorial Guinea

For an introduction to shooting in Equatorial Guinea 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.

Equatorial Guinea Film Locations

Film locations of particular interest include tropical forests, snow-capped volcanoes, white-sand beaches of Bioko Island, Ureca Beach where turtles come to lay their eggs, Monte Alen National Park, offshore oil rigs, cocoa and coffee plantations. The capital Malabo (located on Bioko Island) offers Spanish colonial architecture and a lively market with a striking mountainous backdrop. Bata is the largest city on the mainland. Oyala is a city that is being built to be the future capital of Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Unauthorised photography of the Presidential Palace and its surroundings, military installations, airports, harbors, government buildings, and any other areas the government deems as sensitive, is illegal. Penalties for illegal filming may include fines, prison and confiscation of equipment. Our Equatorial Guinean fixer / service producer will arrange for your filming project to be permitted by the Ministry of Information and Tourism. Likewise, they will negotiate all other location specific permits depending on the specific needs of the shoot. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Equatorial Guinea has a tropical climate. The dry season runs from December to March. This is the best time to film for weather. The wet season runs from April to November. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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

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 Equatorial Guinean 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 Equatorial Guinea.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Equatorial Guinea has a very small local pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should 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 Equatorial Guinea.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Equatorial Guinea offers mainly African looking talent. The major ethnic groups are the Fang of the mainland and the Bubi of Bioko Island. Equatorial Guinea also has isolated pockets of pygmy people. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad. Equatorial Guinea is the only country in Africa where Spanish is the official language.

Equatorial Guinea Film Equipment

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

Communications. Slow internet and limited coverage.

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

United States citizens can enter visa-free into Equatorial Guinea for stays of up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries require a visa. Allow plenty of lead time. Contact the Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations for more information on visas.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Major roads are paved including a highway from the coastal city of Bata, east to Gabon. Otherwise rural roads are slower going and impassible during the wet season. Driving by night is not recommended. Our Equatorial Guinean fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Equatorial Guinea.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Equatorial Guinea include:

Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf

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. See here for vaccinations required for Equatorial Guinea.

Down Time.

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 Equatorial Guinea, please see below:

Hire Equatorial Guinea Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Equatorial Guinea, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Equatorial Guinea, 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.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.