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Niger

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. Niger is also home to some of the world’s largest uranium deposits. Film locations can be divided into the following regions:

Northern & Central Niger

The landscape of northern and central Niger is predominately desert plains and sand dunes.

The Ténéré Desert is known for its beautiful shifting sand dunes. 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.

The spectacular Aïr Mountains of northern Niger rise up from the Sahara Desert sand dunes. Mont Idoukal-n-Taghes is the highest peak in the country.

Surrounded by Sahara Desert sand dunes the town of Agadez is known for its mud-brick Grand Mosque, adobe homes, narrow streets, and camel market.

Zinder is known for the winding alleyways of its impressive Old Town, the adobe Sultan Palace, and central marketplace.

Timia is an oasis town.

The Trans-Sahara Highway runs through Niger.

Southern Niger

The far south of the country has a tropical climate rich with forests and woodlands.

Home to over 250 species of fish, the Niger River is the lifeblood of this predominately desert country.

Located on the banks of the Niger River, Niamey is the capital and largest city. Niamey locations of note include the Grand Mosque, National Museum, and the Hippodrome which hosts camel races.

Ayorou, Maradi, Tahoua, and Balleyara are market towns of note in southern Niger.

Dosso is home to a palace, museum, and lively town square.

‘W’ National Park is famous for its elephants, giraffes, buffalos, lions, baboons, and hundreds of bird species.

Abaaba National Park is one of the last remaining habitats of the black rhino.

The Giraffe Reserve of Kouré is also located in southern 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 Salée (Salt Cure) is celebrated by Tuareg and Wodaabe people marking the end of the rainy season. It usually occurs in the last two weeks of September.

Gerewol festivals are held by the Wodaabe people as a courting ritual where women choose brightly dressed male suiters. The largest such festival takes place in Ingall.

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 are the Hausa and the Zarma Songhay. Some French expats also live in the country. 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. Contact us for film-friendly accommodation options in Niger.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Experience a Gerewol festival.

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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