French Polynesia 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 Polynesia? 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 Polynesia? See below for an introduction to French Polynesia 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 Polynesia Film Locations
French Polynesia is located in the South Pacific just south of the equator half way between Australia and California. Tahiti is the largest of French Polynesia’s 118 islands. Tahiti island is known for its black and white sand beaches, lush rainforest, deep valleys, clear streams, high waterfalls, surf spots, underwater photography and golf courses. Tahiti is the gateway to the tropical paradise island locations of Bora Bora and Moorea, and the lesser known gems of Taha’a and Huahine.
French Polynesia has been a popular destination especially for reality shows looking to shoot luxurious paradise locations. Shows hosted include The Bachelorette, Real Housewives of Orange County, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
French Polynesia Film Location Permits
French Polynesia is an overseas country of France. Film location permits are dealt with locally and are generally a fast and easy process. Both private and public locations are usually very open to filming. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
French Polynesia offers long, sunny shoot days all year around. The hot, humid season runs from November to April. Trade winds temper the heat. The cooler, dry season runs from May to October. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The Billabong Pro, one of the world’s most prestigious surfing events, is held in April / May. The Tahiti Pearl Regatta takes place in May. Heiva i Tahiti takes place in June / July with festivities including competitions in stone weight lifting, palm tree climbing, and coconut cracking. Hawaiiki Nui Va‘a is an annual six-man canoeing race held in October. Tahiti Carnival takes place in October.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Local costs are relatively expensive given the luxury resort nature of the islands and that most goods need to be imported. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists on the islands most crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. French Polynesia is overall quite an expensive place to shoot but the locations are second to none. Our French Polynesian 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 Polynesia. Tahiti Tourism is very supportive of visiting productions and has even been known to contribute to travel and accommodation expenses for productions that provide a tourism benefit.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. French Polynesia has a very small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Some basic key crew can be found in Tahiti.
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 Polynesia.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Most talent is Polynesian with some French looks also available. All other looks need to be brought in from abroad.
French Polynesia Film Equipment
French Polynesia has very little locally based camera, grip and lighting equipment. For productions looking to bring in film equipment, French Polynesia is an ATA carnet country.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction are very minimal.
Studios and Backlots don’t exist.
Post Production. None available locally.
Visas & Work Permits
Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. Entry 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.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. French Polynesia has a good road and ferry infrastructure. Air Tahiti and Air Moorea offer inter-island flights. Tahiti Island is an hour flight to Bora Bora and half an hour by boat to Moorea. Internationally Tahiti is regularly serviced by several carriers. Tahiti is an 8 hour flight from Los Angeles and 5 hours from New Zealand.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. French Polynesia is a very safe place to shoot. 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 French Polynesia, please see below:
Hire French Polynesia Production Support & Shooting Crew
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If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in French Polynesia, 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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