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Morocco

Morocco 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 Morocco? 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 Morocco? See below for an introduction to Morocco 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.

Morocco Film Locations

Morocco is a land steeped in Berber, Arab and European cultural influences. It is blessed with a diversity of locations ranging from ancient souks to modern luxury, from beautiful beaches to desert landscapes.

Morocco’s reputation as a safe and relatively liberal country makes it a popular location for filming North African and Middle Eastern looks. Films hosted include American Sniper, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Kundun, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Babel to name but a few.

Film locations can be divided into the following regions:

Mediterranean

Tangier is a port city on the Strait of Gibraltar known for Dar el Makhzen.

Chefchaouen is known for its white-washed winding alleys, blue doors, and olive trees.

Al Hoceima National Park and Talassemtane National Park are beautiful film locations.

Mediterranean Morocco is also known for its agricultural locations including wheat, barley, sugarcane and olive production. The area is also known for hashish, of which Morocco is the world’s largest exporter.

Atlantic Coast

Morocco’s capital Rabat is known for Hassan Tower, Kasbah of the Udayas, and Bab El Had.

Casablanca is Morocco’s main film production centre where crew and equipment are based. Hassan II Mosque is arguably the most well known location in Morocco. Other film locations of note include La Corniche, The Old Medina, Casablanca Cathedral, and the King’s Palace. Cactus Thiemann is a vast cactus farm just outside of Casablanca.

Picturesque coastal towns of note include the whitewashed Asilah and Essaouira.

Imsouane is known for its beautiful remote beaches and surfing.

Middle Atlas

Fes’s medina is one of the best preserved in the Arab world. The city is famous for its leather tanneries. Film locations of note in Fes include Bou Inania Madrasa, Al-Attarine Madrasa, Bab Bou Jeloud, and Palais Royale.

Meknes is known for Bab Mansour, Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, Lahdim Square, and the Royal Stables. A short drive from Meknes you can find the Roman ruins of Volubilis.

High Atlas

Jebel Toubkal, situated in the High Atlas Mountains, is the highest peak in North Africa. Oukaïmeden is a ski resort in the High Atlas Mountains.

Marrakech film locations of note include Jemaa el-Fnaa, Majorelle Garden, Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Ben Youssef Madrasa, Menara gardens, Marrakech Museum, Yves Saint Laurent Museum, and Marrakech tanneries. Marrakech is also knowns for its hammams.

The Ouzoud Falls are a beautiful film location in this region.

The Tichka Mountains offer winding roads through a vast arid mountain landscape, a setting ideal for car commercials.

Anti-Atlas

The Anti-Atlas is a sparsely inhabited desolate world of rocky outcrops and lunar landscapes.

Sahara

Shooting the Sahara sand dunes requires basing in Ouarzazate and another 4.5 hours drive to location.

Near Ouarzazate, the Atlas Film Studios are home to abandoned old weathered movie sets.

Noor Complex Solar Power Plant is one of the largest concentrated solar power plants in the world.

The Todgha Gorge and Dades Gorge are spectacular film locations.

Kasbah Telouet is an interesting mud brick structure.

Ait-Ben-Haddou is an impressive fortified village.

Figuig is a beautiful oasis location.

Morocco also administers the territory of Western Sahara.

Morocco Film Location Permits

A shooting permit issued by the Moroccan Cinematographic Center is required for filming in Morocco. Additional location permits may be required for specific locations. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Morocco offers long, sunny shoot days all year round. Coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate. Inland areas are hot and dry. Winter runs from December to April with rain in the north and snow on the High Atlas Mountains in the south. Summer runs from June to September with temperatures reaching extreme highs in the southern desert regions. Spring (March through May) is the best time to film for weather and lush green landscapes. Fall (September to December) is also a good time to shoot for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

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

Marathon des Sables (Sand Marathon) in April.
• The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in June.
• Essaouira Gnawa in June.
• The Imichil Marriage Festival in August.
• The Erfoud Date Festival in October.

Ramadan is widely observed with many services limited or closed during this period.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. By world standards Morocco is a very cost competitive place to shoot. Our Moroccan service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. Morocco offers a 20% cash rebate. To be eligible, visiting productions are required to spend at least USD 1 million and the project must run at least 18 working days.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Morocco has a small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. There is a growing pool of experienced supporting crew although many productions still bring in their own key crew. It’s a good idea to have a local Arabic-speaking AD for projects with a large crew and talent size. Morocco’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further.

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 Morocco.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Moroccans are of Berber or mixed Arab-Berber decent. Morocco’s relatively close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. Talent agencies exist in Casablanca.

Morocco Film Equipment

Morocco has all of the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment based locally. Specialised gear needs to be brought in from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Morocco is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very good and a fraction of the cost of filming in Western Europe or the United States.

Studios of note include Atlas Studios, Cinedina Studios and CLA Studios.

Backlots. At present no backlots exist in Morocco.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Contact your local Moroccan embassy / representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Casablanca can be quite congested. A high speed railway connects Tangiers to Casablanca. Modern highways link the major cities. Rural roads are subject to flooding during the rainy season. Our Moroccan fixer / service producer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport for off-road travel. Domestic and international flights are available with several major airlines and budget carriers servicing Morocco.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Morocco include:

Casablanca:
Sofitel
Hotel & Spa Le Doge

Marrakech:
Kasbah Tamadot
Hotel La Renaissance
Palais Rhoul
Ksar Char-Bagh

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. On the whole Morocco is a safe place to shoot. While accommodating in a desert camp area, safety by local gendarmerie and / or military is provided. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Visit a Moroccan Hammam.

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 Morocco, please see below:

Hire Morocco Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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