Mauritius 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 Mauritius? 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 Mauritius? See below for an introduction to Mauritius 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.
Mauritius Film Locations
Mauritius is a volcanic island of palm-fringed beaches and lagoons with coral reefs surrounding much of the coast.
Inland Mauritius has many beautiful forests, national parks, tree-lined avenues, mountains, waterfalls and rivers. Locations of particular interest include the Black River Gorges National Park, Casela Nature Park, and the coloured earths of the Chamarel plain and Le Pouce.
The coast has some beautiful beaches although many of the better ones are part of established resorts or private islands such as Iles des Deux Cocos. Mauritius offers some great underwater photography options, particularly on the more protected west coast. Tamarin Bay has good surf breaks.
The main towns and much of the French colonial architecture are run-down making for interesting backdrops for filmmakers and photographers. Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius.
In terms of agricultural looks, sugarcane and tea are the main crops.
Mauritius is a favorite location for Bollywood productions. Serenity was the first Hollywood feature to film in Mauritius.
Mauritius Film Location Permits
Applications need to be made well in advance of shoot days. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Mauritius has a tropical climate which remains warm and relatively dry throughout the year. Mauritius tends to get more rain inland than on the coast. November to April is the warmer, wet season. June to September is the cooler, dry season and best time to film for weather. Best surf conditions occur from June to September. The best months for underwater photography with an abundance of big marine life are November to March, which is also the cyclone season. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
The diverse cultural landscape of Mauritius sees a variety of events celebrated including Chinese New Year (January / February), Thaipoosum Cavadee (January / February), Maha Shivaratree (February / March), Holi (February), Ougadi (March), Ramadan, Diwali (November), and Christmas (December).
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. Johannesburg is the closest major production centre. Our Mauritian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. Mauritius offers a rebate of up to 40% on eligible production spend for TV commercials, films, TV shows and documentaries. There is no custom duty on equipment brought in to be used on qualifying productions.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Mauritius has a small pool or local directors, videographers 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 Mauritius.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Mauritians are mostly of Indian and Creole descent. Some Caucasian and Chinese looks also exist. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad. Mauritius only has basic casting facilities so street casting is common.
Mauritius Film Equipment
Equipment. Some basic grip, lighting and camera gear can be found locally. Johannesburg is the closest major film production centre should you need to fly in gear. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Mauritius 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. Anything specific needs to be brought in from abroad.
Studios. None exist at present.
Post Production. Post abroad.
Visas & Work Permits
Visiting crews travelling on Western passports are allowed visa-free entry to Mauritius. Most other passport holders can get visas on arrival. Film crews do not require work permits but must have a letter of authorisation from the relevant authorities.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. One major highway runs north to south. The traffic in Mauritius can be quite congested. It takes at least 2.5 hours from the top to the bottom of the island and about 1 hour across if traffic is good. Several international airlines service flights to Mauritius.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Mauritius include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
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 Mauritius, please see below:
Hire Mauritius Production Support & Shooting Crew
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If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Mauritius, 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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