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French Guiana

French Guiana 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 French Guiana? 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 French Guiana? See below for an introduction to French Guiana 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.

French Guiana Film Locations

French Guiana is an overseas region of France. Low-lying coastal plains rise to dense rainforest and the Tumac-Humac mountains in the south.

Locations of note include Kourou, Awala-Yalimpao, The Salvation’s Islands (Devil’s Island, Saint Joseph Island, Île Royale), Saint Lauren Du Maroni, and the Maroni River. French Guiana is home to the Guiana Space Centre, where the European Space Agency launches its communication satellites. Guiana Amazonian Park is the largest National Park of France.

French Guiana’s rich biodiversity can be found in places like Mouragues Nature Reserve and Montjoly beach where Leatherback turtles come to lay their eggs.

Film locations of cultural interest include Amerindian villages in Haut-Maroni and Haut-Oyapoc.

The capital Cayenne is the main entry point by air.

French Guiana Film Location Permits

Permission to film is requested on the local level, often in person, with the owners of the location. So for instance if you would like to film in a Maroon or Amerindian village our French Guianese fixer would need to travel in person, prior to filming, to negotiate the terms of permission to film with the village council.

Allow more lead time for larger footprint shoots, as well as shoots involving filming in culturally and environmentally sensitive locations. Reporting on subjects such as the slave trade is sensitive. Drone filming is permitted but restricted in areas close to towns and airstrips. As an overseas region of France, some shoots may require permission from Paris. Please contact us for shoot specific information.

When To Shoot?

French Guiana has an equatorial climate with long sunlight hours all year round. The humidity is tempered by the trade winds that blow along the coast. December to June is the wet season. July to November is the dry season and the best time to film in French Guiana for weather. Unlike much of the Caribbean, French Guiana is not subject to hurricanes. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Mardi Gras celebrations take place in January / February.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. The official currency is the Euro. 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 French Guianese fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. France offers a 20% tax rebate (TRIP) for qualifying foreign features and TV productions shooting in French Guiana.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. French Guiana has a very small pool of local 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 French Guiana.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are negotiated on a personal basis. Casting facilities are undeveloped in French Guiana so street casting is often required. For a country of its size, French Guiana has a remarkably small population of only 240,000. French Guiana has mainly Mulatto / Creole looks (including a large Haitian community). A Caucasian and Asian minority also lives in French Guiana. The main groups living in the interior are the Maroons who are of African descent, and Amerindians ( Arawak, Carib, Teko, Kaliña, Palikur, Wayampi and Wayana).

French Guiana Film Equipment

Equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. For productions looking to bring in camera, grip and lighting equipment, French Guiana is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction are very limited in French Guiana.

Studios and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. No post production facilities exist at present.

Visas & Work Permits

Entry to French Guiana for filming is subject to regulations from country of origin. Western crews can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Contact your local French embassy / representative for more information. Visiting crews must show proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter French Guiana.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation. The road system is quite undeveloped with very few paved roads outside of coastal areas. The deep rainforest areas are best reached by river. Few international airlines fly to French Guiana.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Cayenne include:

Novotel Cayenne

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 French Guiana.

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 French Guiana, please see below:

Hire French Guiana Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in French Guiana, 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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