Gabon 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 Gabon? 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 Gabon? See below for an introduction to Gabon 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.
Gabon Film Locations
Gabon has some beautiful deserted beaches, rivers, lakes, rainforests, waterfalls and wildlife parks that are home to gorillas, elephants, and hippopotamuses. National parks of particular interest include Loango, Lopé, Akanda, and Ivindo National Park famous for the Djidji Waterfalls. Libreville is the capital and main entry point by air.
Gabon Film Location Permits
Our local fixer in Gabon will submit your project synopsis, dates, crew passport information pages, equipment list and completed application form to the Gabonese Ministry of Communication. The Film Permit can take up to a month to approve, so allow plenty of lead time. Once the permit is approved the fixer will apply for additional permits with the Park Management Authority, if planning to film somewhere like Loango National Park, or any other government authorities or private owners depending on the specifics of the shoot.
Please note, taking unauthorised photographs of the Presidential Palace, airport, and military or other government buildings is strictly forbidden and may be punishable with fines, arrest, and equipment confiscation.
Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Gabon has a tropical climate. The dry season and best time to film for weather is from June to August. The rainy season runs from October to May. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Les Nuits Atypiques, held in August, celebrates traditional music from the Nyanga region.
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 Gabonese 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 Gabon.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Gabon has a very small local pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew must 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 Gabon.
Talent day rates and buyouts are reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Gabon offers mainly African looking talent. Almost all Gabonese are of Bantu origin. All other talent looks need to be cast abroad. The official language of Gabon is French. English is not widely spoken.
Gabon Film Equipment
You will need to bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.
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
Most passport holders are required to apply for a visa to enter Gabon. Among other documents, applications must also include an Invitation Letter from your fixer / service producer in Gabon, as well as proof of yellow fever vaccination. For crew travelling on US passports, see here for more information. Contact your local Gabon embassy or representative for more information. For notes on Film Permits see notes in the Gabon Film Location Permits section.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Gabon has a limited road network much of which is unpaved. Some areas can only be reached by river or air. Many roads become impassable during the wet season from October to May. Driving by night is not recommended. Our Gabonese fixer organizes safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Gabon.
Accommodation. Film friendly hotel options in Libreville:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
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 Gabon, please see below:
Hire Gabon Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Gabon, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Gabon, 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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