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Gabon

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

Filming in Gabon

For an introduction to shooting in Gabon 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.

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.

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

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 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

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

Communications. Gabon has good internet connectivity.

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

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:

Laico Okoume Palace Hotel
Le Meridien Re-Ndama

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 Gabon.

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 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.

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