Niger 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 Niger? 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 Niger? See below for an introduction to Niger 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.
Niger Film Locations
Niger is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is best known for its desert locations, vibrant markets, Hausa architecture, and wildlife parks.
The Sahara Desert and Ténéré Desert make up much of the landscape. Home to over 250 species of fish, the Niger River is the lifeblood of this predominately desert country. Markets of note can be found in Niamey, Ayorou, Maradi, Tahoua, and Balleyara. Niamey is the capital and largest city. Agadez is known for its Great Mosque and thriving camel market. Zinder has an impressive Old Town and Sultan Palace. Timia is an oasis town. The UTA Flight 772 Memorial can be found in the Ténéré Desert. The Tree of Ténéré was once the most remote tree in the world. Nature locations of not include the Aïr Mountains, ‘W’ National Park elephants, Giraffe Reserve of Kouré, and Abaaba National Park. The Trans-Sahara Highway runs through Niger.
Niger Film Location Permits
Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Unauthorised photography of sensitive locations such as military installations, radio and television stations, the Presidential Palace, airports, or diplomatic facilities, is prohibited. Penalties may include prison, fines and confiscation of equipment and footage. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Much of Niger lies within the Sahara desert making it one of the driest and hottest countries on earth. The hot, dry season runs from March to May with harmattan winds affecting visibility. The hot, humid rainy season runs from June to September but is shorter the farther north you go. The cooler, dry season runs from October until February. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Cure Salee is celebrated by Tuareg and Wodaabe people in September. Ramadan is widely observed with most services closed during this period.
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. Our Nigerien fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the official currency.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or features shooting in Niger.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Niger has a very small local pool of 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 Niger.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Niger offers mainly African looking talent. The largest ethnic groups in Niger are the Hausa and the Zarma Songhay. Some French expats also live in Niger. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.
Niger Film Equipment
Bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.
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 passport holders are required to have visas to enter Niger. US passport holders see here for more information on visas. Proof of yellow fever inoculation is also required. Contact your local Niger embassy or representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are of a fair standard. Rural roads are slower going with many becoming impassable during the rainy season. Travelling on some roads is not permitted without special authorisation. Avoid road travel by night outside of major cities. Our local Nigerien film fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport. Several international airlines service flights to Niger.
Accommodation. See here for film friendly hotels in Niger:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
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 Niger, please see below:
Hire Niger Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Niger, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Niger, 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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