Maldives Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in the Maldives? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in the Maldives
For an introduction to shooting in the Maldives see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
Maldives Film Locations
Lying south-west of India, the Maldives consist of approximately 1,196 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls. The highest point is only 2.4 metres above sea level. The Maldives are famed for their paradise island locations of tranquil turquoise blue waters, white sand beaches, coral reefs, surf breaks, luxury resorts, and wild tropical greenery.
Films shot in the Maldives include Rogue One, Kon-Tiki (2012), and The Fall.
Malé is the capital and main entry point by air. Outside of Male, paradise islands and atolls of note include Alimatha, Amilla Fushi, Anbaraa, Baa, Baros, Bathala, Biyadhoo, Bodu Mora, Cocoa, Dhigu, Fihalhohi, Finolhu Kanifushi, Fulhadhoo, Gan, Halaveli, Hulhumale, Kanifushi, Kihaad, Kihavah Huravalhi, Komandoo, Kuramathi, Laamu, Landaa Giraavaru, Lankanfushi, Maafushi, Meeru, Mirihi, Nalaguraidhoo, Reethirah, Sun, Vaadhoo, Vabbinfaru, Veligandu, Villingili, to name only a few.
Not all locations are picture-perfect. The island of Thilafushi is where the island’s garbage is dumped.
As well as a wealth of underwater photography options, the Maldives is also popular with photographers for birdlife.
Maldives Film Location Permits
Maldives film location permits are a quick and easy process. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
The temperature of the Maldives is hot throughout the year and although the humidity is relatively high, the constant sea breezes help to keep the air moving. December to April is the dry season. This is the best time to shoot for sunny weather. The wet season runs between April and October, when strong winds can also be expected. November and April offer the best water visibility for underwater filming. June to August is the best time to film surfing. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Ramadan is observed so some services are closed during this period.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the Maldives.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Overall the Maldives are quite an expensive place to shoot but the locations are second to none. Talent will likely need to be brought in from abroad. Since no filming infrastructure exists on the islands all crew and equipment must also be brought in from abroad. The Maldives have no local agriculture so most food needs to be imported and is expensive as a result. Local transport is expensive. The dry season is also the height of the tourist season when hotels are very expensive and often sold out. In any case, Our Maldivian 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 shooting foreign feature films or commercials in the Maldives.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. The Maldives have a very small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Some basic equipment is available locally but it’s best to bring in from abroad. Key crew are also best brought in from abroad. India and Sri Lanka are the closest film 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 the Maldives.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Casting facilities are undeveloped in the Maldives. Street casting is possible. The largest ethnic group are the Dhivehis, an Indo-Aryan people. There are very few foreign looks available locally so those need to be brought in from abroad.
Maldives Film Equipment
Equipment. Camera, grip and lighting equipment needs to be brought in.
Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
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. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction are very minimal. Most likely need to bring in from abroad.
Studios and Backlots don’t exist.
Post Production. None available locally.
Visas & Work Permits
Visiting crews from all nations can get visas on arrival for stays of up to 30 days. There are no specific work permits required to film in the Maldives.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Given that the Maldives span an area of 298 square kilometres (115 sq mi), boat and plane are the best options to reach the islands. Only a few of the islands are large enough to support automobiles. Roads in Malé and on the airport island well-maintained, as are dirt roads at the resorts. The Maldives have four international airports and 8 domestic airports spread across the islands. Male is the main entry point by air.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in the Maldives include:
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
The Maldives are a Muslim nation and as such alcohol is banned on the inhabited islands. Alcohol is available on the resort islands.
Safety. The Maldives is a safe place to shoot. 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 the Maldives, please see below:
Hire Maldives Production Support & Shooting Crew
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