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Guinea Bissau

Guinea-Bissau 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 Guinea-Bissau? 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 Guinea-Bissau? See below for an introduction to Guinea-Bissau 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.

Guinea-Bissau Film Locations

Guinea-Bissau is a small, low-lying West African country. The interior is savanna and the coastline is swampy plain and mangroves. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers is the spectacular Bijagos Archipelago, home of the Bijago people. The islands are known for their beautiful beaches and wealth of biodiversity as found in places like Orango Islands National Park. Back on the mainland, Cantanhez Natural Park offers viewing of chimpanzees in the wild. Agricultural looks found in Guinea-Bissau include palm groves and rice plantations. Bissau is the capital. It is a relaxed city where Portuguese colonial looks can be found.

Guinea-Bissau Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and a good fixer. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Guinea-Bissau has a tropical climate. The dry season runs from December to April with hot winds blowing in from the interior. The hot, wet season runs from May to November. Filming on the Bijagos Archipelago is best done between November and February, when the weather is cool and dry, and the landscape is verdant. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The Guinea-Bissau Carnival takes place in February.

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 Bissau-Guinean fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the official currency.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Guinea-Bissau.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Guinea-Bissau 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 Guinea-Bissau.

Talent day rates are very reasonable and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Guinea-Bissau offers mainly African looking talent of the Fula, Mandinka, Balanta, Papel, Manjaco and Mancanha speaking peoples. Some mixed African-Portuguese looks are also available. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Guinea-Bissau Film Equipment

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

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Limited internet access is available in Bissau.

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

Entry visas are required by all Western passport holders to film in Guinea-Bissau. Evidence of yellow-fever vaccination is also required for entry into Guinea-Bissau. A project synopsis may also be asked for. Guinea-Bissau does not have consular representation in the US. Most travellers apply for Bissau-Guinean visas en route in Dakar, Senegal, or Lisbon, Portugal.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Most towns are accessible by boat. Only major roads are paved. Avoid travel by night. Our Bissau-Guinean fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Guinea-Bissau.

Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Guinea-Bissau:

Hotel Ancar

For those looking to stay with local communities our fixer also organises hosted accommodation.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. Our Bissau-Guinean fixer organises security depending on the areas you plan to enter. See here for vaccinations required for Guinea-Bissau.

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 Guinea-Bissau, please see below:

Hire Guinea-Bissau Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Guinea-Bissau, 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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