Kiribati 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 Kiribati? 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 Kiribati? See below for an introduction to Kiribati 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.
Kiribati Film Locations
Kiribati is an island group nation located in Micronesia composed of 33 low-lying coral atolls with coastal lagoons across a large area of the Pacific. Kiribati is known for white sand beaches, crystal-clear lagoons, surf breaks, underwater photography and famous World War II sites. The capital Tarawa is one of the most densely settled areas in the world. Kiritimati (Christmas Island) is the world’s largest atoll and home to the famous red crab migration.
Kiribati Film Location Permits
Kiribati film location permits are arranged on the local level. Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Long shoot days all year round. Kiribati has a tropical climate with hot, humid weather. The wet season runs from October to April. The dry season runs from May to September and is the best time to shoot in Kiribati for weather and underwater filming.
Kiribati is the first country in the world to welcome in the New Year. The spectacular red crab migration of Christmas Island takes place in the beginning of the wet season, around October / November.
For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Kiribati trades in the Australian dollar. Locations and local talent costs are inexpensive but since no filming infrastructure exists on the islands all crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. It is possible to get similar location looks that are closer to less expensive and better serviced production centres. In any case, our Kiribati fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for foreign feature films or commercials shooting in Kiribati.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Local fixer and basic videographer support is available locally. Everyone else needs to be brought in.
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 Kiribati.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Kiribati offers Micronesian looking people with some Fijian and Tongan influences. All other talent looks need to be cast abroad.
Kiribati Film Equipment
Best to bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment into Kiribati.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction are very minimal.
Studios and Backlots don’t exist.
Post Production. None available locally.
Visas & Work Permits
Visiting crews are not required to have work permits. Passport holders of western countries can enter visa-free for stays of up to 30 or 90 days depending on the country.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are limited to Tarawa and Christmas Island. Getting between islands is best done by plane and boat.
Accommodation. Several options exist. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.
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 Kiribati, please see below:
Hire Kiribati Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Kiribati, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Kiribati, 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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