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Georgia

Georgia 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 Georgia? 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 Georgia? See below for an introduction to Georgia 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.

Georgia Film Locations

Georgia is a country known for its beautiful mountains, coastal looks, ancient Orthodox churches, and Soviet-era architecture.

Films shot in Georgia include How To Sell A War, The Clown, Tangerines, Tbilisi, I Love You, The Search, The Mask, Sye Raa Narashima Reddy, Girls of the Sun, and My Happy Family.

Locations of interest to visiting filmmakers and photographers include:

Tbilisi Area

Tbilisi is the capital and main production centre where crew and equipment are based. Ancient film locations of interest include the Old Tbilisi quarter, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Sioni Cathedral, and Narikala Fortress. Soviet-era locations of note include Tbilisi’s many concrete apartment blocks such as the Saburtalo Housing District, the Former auditorium of Industrial Technical College, the Place of Weddings building, the Chronicle of Georgia monument, and the Bank of Georgia headquarters built in the post-constructivist style. Modern structures of interest include Rhike Park Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall, Tbilisi Public Service Hall, Bridge of Peace, and a new subway and airport available for filming.

30 minutes drive from Tbilisi you will find the former capital of Mtskheta known for Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Svetitskhoveli monastery, Jvari clifftop monastery, Bodbe monastery, and Samtavro monastery.

Caucasus Mountains

The Caucasus Mountains are known for their churches, castles, villages, and beautiful nature.

Mountain churches of note include Gergeti Trinity Church in Kazbegi, Ateni Sioni Church in Ateni, and the Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery both in Kutaisi. The Katskhi pillar is a natural limestone monolith with a church perched on top.

Gremi citadel and church is located in Gremi. Ananuri is a castle complex on the Aragvi River. Rabati Castle is a fortress in Akhaltsikhe. Khertvisi fortress is one of the oldest in Georgia.

Vardzia Cave City is an impressive historic location.

The Svaneti region in northwest Georgia is known for its picturesque villages and koshti defensive stone towers. Signagi is a picturesque town in Kakheti. Shatili is a historic highland village. Uplistsikhe is an ancient rock-hewn town in eastern Georgia. Chiatura is a moutain town with an old Soviet-era cable car system that is still in operation and available for film shoots.

Gori is home to the Stalin museum. The Georgia-Russia friendship monument is another Soviet-era location in the Caucasus region.

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is located in the Lesser Caucasus. Lagodekhi National Park, Vashlovani National Park and Tusheti National Park are located in eastern Georgia. Krubera Cave is one of the world’s deepest caves. Martvili is known for its canyons and waterfalls.

Gudauri is the largest and highest ski resort in Georgia.

The Georgian Military Highway offers some spectacular roads ideal for car commercials.

Black Sea

Black Sea beaches are stoney and have dark sand. Beaches of note include Kvariati, Gonio, Shekvetili.

The coastal port city of Batumi is known for its botanical gardens.

Abkhazia

Located in northwestern Georgia on the Black Sea coast, Abkhazia was once known as a prime holiday destination for the Soviet elite. Today it is better known for its pockmarked buildings, ruins of hotels and sanatoriums, and a range of other Soviet-era architecture.

Sukhumi is the largest city.

Akarmara is a ghost town with abandoned apartments and factories now mostly reclaimed by the surrounding forest.

While technically part of Georgia, Abkhazia is a self-governing Russian-sponsored autonomous republic.

For the US State of Georgia see here.

Georgia Film Location Permits

Georgia is open for business. Most public locations are possible to film in. Tbilisi does not require any city-wide permit for b-roll filming. More complicated shoots requiring street closures or large setups can usually be permitted within 3 days. The police department assists with traffic control. Permits for filming ancient churches and monasteries are possible but require more lead time. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Georgia generally has hot summers and mild winters with snow common in mountain areas. The semi-arid southeast and mountain regions have distinct microclimates. The best months to film for weather are May, June and September with long shooting days and none of the excessive heat and humidity of July and August. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Georgian locations, local talent and supporting crew are inexpensive. Depending on the shoot, some specialised gear and crew may need to be brought in from abroad. If running a project through a local service company, the 20% income tax and a 18% VAT applies. Our Georgian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. Georgia offers a 20% cash rebate with no min shooting days requirement, and minimum spend of 500K GEL (roughly 185K USD) for feature films and TV series; 110K USD for documentaries, animations, commercials, reality shows and music videos. An extra 2 to 5% rebate applies if the country of Georgia is featured in the film and meets the “Cultural Test”.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Georgia has a small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Most key crew are available locally. Specialist crew are best brought in from nearby European production centres.

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 Georgia.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Georgia offers mainly ethnic Georgian talent with other ethnicities from the Caucasus’s also common. All other non-regional talent needs to be cast abroad.

Georgia Film Equipment

Georgia has all the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment. More specialised gear can be easily brought in from abroad. Bringing gear into Georgia is an easy process compared to bringing in gear to some of the countries neighbouring Georgia. Please provide us with a full gear list and allow at least 2 weeks for processing.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios and backlots. Georgia has two state-owned sound stages at 800 sq.m each. There are also many abandoned soviet-era buildings that can be easily turned into sound stages. There are currently no backlots however the government is very open to allowing public land to be used for film projects, free of charge.

Post Production. Some post facilities exist and are competitively priced. Several local post production companies have extensive international experience having had worked with companies including Netflix, CBS, and 2K Games.

Visas & Work Permits

No special work visas required. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Western passport holders can enter visa-free for stays of up to 1 year. Some passport holders that require visas are eligible for the eVisa program. For others that require visas, our Georgian fixer / producer will issue you with an Invitation Letter.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Georgia has an extensive network of paved roads. Traveling in mountain areas can be slower going. Our Georgian fixer / producer organizes safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Georgia.

Accommodation. Georgia has many upscale and budget options available for visiting productions. For smaller productions Airbnb is also popular. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Visit Tbilisi’s sulphur baths.

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 Georgia, please see below:

Hire Georgia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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