Lesotho 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 Lesotho? 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 Lesotho? See below for an introduction to Lesotho 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.
Lesotho Film Locations
The kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country contained entirely within South Africa. Maseru is the capital. Ts’ehlanyane National Park is known for its rare woodland habitats and Lesotho’s only ski resort, Afriski. Bokong Nature Reserve contains extensive afro-alpine wetlands. Sehlabathebe National Park is known for rolling highland savannah, wild flower meadows, and verdant valleys. Maletsunyane Falls is a spectacular 192-metre-high (630 ft) waterfall. Katse Dam is an imposing structure located on the Malibamat’so River. Moteng Pass is a high mountain pass available for filming.
Lesotho Film Location Permits
Permission to film Lesotho locations is generally a quick, easy and inexpensive process. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Lesotho is a land of clear blue skies with more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Summer is the rainy season from October to April. Winter is the dry season from May to September with snow falling in the highlands. October / November, or March / April are the best months to film for weather. August brings spring alpine flowers in full bloom. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The Morija Arts and Cultural Festival takes place in September or October.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. The local currency is pegged to the South African Rand, which is also widely accepted. 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 Mosotho fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or feature films shooting in Lesotho.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Lesotho has a very small local pool of directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew should 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 Lesotho.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Lesotho consists almost entirely of the Basotho people. All other talent looks can be easily brought in from South Africa.
Lesotho Film Equipment
Equipment. You will need to bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Lesotho is an ATA carnet country.
Communications. 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.
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
Visiting crews entering on most western passports can enter Lesotho visa-free. Work permits are not required. Visitors travelling via South Africa need to comply with South African visa regulations.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure is quite basic. The majority of Lesotho’s roads are unpaved. Some roads become impassable during the rainy season. The capital Maseru is a 5hr drive from Johannesburg. A couple of airlines also operate flights into Lesotho from Johannesburg.
Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Lesotho:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
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 Lesotho, please see below:
Hire Lesotho Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Lesotho, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Lesotho, 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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