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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 and ancient Orthodox churches. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

Caucasus Mountains. Mountaintop churches, unique villages and ski resorts. Specific locations of interest include Gergeti Trinity Church, Ateni Sioni Church, Uplistsikhe, Davit Gareja, Vardzia Cave City, Shatili mountain village, Stone Towers of Svaneti, and Kakheti wineries. The Georgian Military Highway offers some spectacular roads ideal for car commercials. Krubera Cave is the world’s deepest cave. Chiatura is a moutain town with a an old Soviet-era cable car system that is still in operation and available for film shoots. The Katskhi pillar is a natural limestone monolith with a church perched on top.

National Parks including Borjami-Kharagauli, Lagodechi, Vashlovani and Tusheti.

Black Sea beaches and coastal towns.

Tbilisi is the capital and main entry point by air. Tbilisi locations of interest include the Old Tbilisi quarter, Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Sioni Cathedral, Narikala Fortress, Rhike Park Music Theatre and Exhibition Hall, Tbilisi Public Service Hall, Soviet apartment blocks, Bank of Georgia headquarters built in the post-constructivist style, and a new subway and airport available for filming.

Abkhazia is an autonomous republic in northwestern Georgia. Akarmara is a ghost town with abandoned apartments and factories now mostly reclaimed by the surrounding forest.

Films shot in Georgia include How To Sell A War, The Clown, Tangerines and Tbilisi, I Love You.

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% tax rebate for film projects exceeding 4 shoot days and $300K local spend. 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. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

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. Recommended film friendly hotels in Tbilisi include:

Radisson SAS Iveria Hotel
Marriott Tbilisi
Hotel British House

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.

Down Time. Explore the beauty of the Caucus Mountain region.

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.

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