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Mongolia

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

Filming in Mongolia

For an introduction to shooting in Mongolia 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.

Mongolia Film Locations

Mongolia has hosted films such as Cashmere – The Origin of a Secret.

Mongolia is mostly made up of steppes, desert and mountains. Film locations of particular interest include the Gobi Desert, Buddhist temples and monasteries (Erdene Zuu, Gandantegchinlen), Karakorum ruins (the capital of the Mongol Empire), Altai Tavan Bogd National Park (Kazakh eagle hunters), Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, Darhad Valley, Khorgo Volcano, Hustai National Park (for Przewalski Horses), Uvs Lake, Khuvsgul Lake, Genghis Khan Statue Complex, and the capital Ulan Bator. Bayantal is an abandoned Soviet air base ideal for filming.

Mongolia Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Film Permits and Press Cards are required and take about 10 days to process. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When To Shoot?

The Land of the Blue Sky, Mongolia enjoys over 250 sunny days a year. Mongolia has a dry climate with extreme temperature variations. Winter (November to April) is long and extremely cold. Spring (April to June) brings unsettled weather. Summer (July to September) is short and hot, especially in the Gobi Desert. Much of the landscape becomes lush and green during the summer. Autumn (October) has beautiful fall colours in the north. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Mongolian festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Ice Festival at Khovsgol Lake in February.
• Thousand Camel Festival in the Gobi Desert in February / March.
• Naadam Festival in July. Events include Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery.
• The Gobi March takes place in July.
• The Yak Festival in Khorgo National Park in August.
• The Mongol Derby taking place in August is the longest horserace in the world, traversing 1000km through the Mongolian Steppe.

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

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. Since little filming infrastructure exists, key crew and equipment may need to be brought in from abroad. Our Mongolian 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 Mongolia.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Mongolia has a small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Some key crew needs to 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 Mongolia.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Mongolia offers mainly Mongolian looks and some Turkic looks. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers are the Dukhans, or Taiga Reindeer People as well as Kazakh eagle hunters. All other talent needs to be cast abroad.

Mongolia Film Equipment

Equipment. Some basic camera, lighting and grip equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most equipment from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Mongolia is an ATA carnet country.

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 is very basic.

Studios. Some studios servicing mainly local work exist.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Visiting crews travelling on passports from some western countries can enter visa-free for stays of up to 30 or 90 days. The rest are required to apply for visas. Work permits are not required to film in Mongolia. Film Permits and Press Cards are required and take about 10 days to process.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. There are very few paved roads outside of Ulan Bator so make sure to allow plenty of time for land travel. Our Mongolian film fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport. Helicopters are available in Mongolia but are quite expensive.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in your most likely port of entry, Ulan Bator. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. For those shooting in remote areas or those just wanting a unique experience, our Mongolian fixer also organize accommodation in traditional Mongolian gers (felt tents).

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 Mongolia, please see below:

Hire Mongolia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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