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Mauritania

Mauritania 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 Mauritania? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Mauritania

For an introduction to shooting in Mauritania 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.

Mauritania Film Locations

Mauritania is best known for its Sahara desert and ocean looks. Film locations of interest include Banc d’Arguin National Park, oasis, beaches, rock formations in Aioun and the old Trans-Saharan trade cities of Ouadane, Oualata, Tichitt, and Chinguetti (known for it’s ancient libraries). Mauritania is said to have the world’s longest train stretching out at 2km long with 150 cars. Nouakchott is the capital and main entry point by air.

Mauritania Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Most of Mauritania has a Sahara desert climate characterised by very hot days and very cold nights. July to October is rainy in southern Mauritania and hot in the rest of the country. Winds moderate the temperature in the coastal region, which is arid. The cooler season runs from March to May. National parks are best filmed between December and January when conditions are clear and temperatures are milder. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Ramadan is widely observed with most services closed during this period.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Mauritania.

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. 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. Many of the locations are quite far from any major cities which can add considerably to travel costs. Our Mauritanian 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 films shooting in Mauritania.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Mauritania 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 Mauritania.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Mauritania offers mainly North African (Moor / Black African) looking talent. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Mauritania Film Equipment

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

Communication. Internet is slow and unreliable outside of major population centres. 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

Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Western nationals are required to have visas to enter. Visas can be obtained at your closest Mauritanian embassy or on arrival at Nouakchott airport. Our Mauritanian fixer / service producer will provide you with a Letter of Invitation to help facilitate easy customs and immigration clearance. Evidence of yellow fever vaccination is required. Contact your local Mauritanian embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Mauritania has a limited network of paved roads. All other land routes are sand tracks. Heading into the interior can be slow going and the distances are vast. Our Mauritanian film fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport for desert travel. Some roads become impassable during the rainy season. Several international airlines service flights to Nouakchott.

Accommodation. Film friendly hotels in Nouakchott include:

Hotel Halima
Residence Iman

Please contact us for corporate rates.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time.

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 Mauritania, please see below:

Hire Mauritania Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Mauritania, 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.