Palestine 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 Palestine? 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 Palestine? See below for an introduction to Palestine 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.
Palestine Film Locations
Palestine includes the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The West Bank is a landlocked territory located between Israel and Jordan.
Jerusalem is a holy city for the three major Abrahamic religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The Dome of the Rock, next to the Al-Aqsa Mosque within the Temple Mount complex, is one of Islam’s most holiest sites. Jerusalem locations of note include the Dome of the Rock, Western Wall (Wailing Wall), Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Via Dolorosa, Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Tower of David, Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem city gates (Zion, Dung, Golden, Lion, Herrod, Damascus, New, and Jaffa), the Israel Museum, and Yad Vashem. Both Israel and Palestine claim Jerusalem as their capital.
Just south of Jerusalem, Bethlehem is the biblical birthplace of Jesus. The Church of the Nativity is located in Bethlehem.
Jericho locations of note include Hisham’s Palace, St. George’s Monastery, and the Monastery of the Temptation.
Hebron is home to the Cave of the Patriarchs.
Ramallah is the West Bank’s administrative centre.
Other film locations of interest to visiting production include Mar Saba Monastery, ancient ruins of Sebastia, Herodion fortress ruins, Jordan River, and the Dead Sea.
Gaza is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The densely populated Gaza City is the largest city in Palestine.
Palestine Film Location Permits
Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Palestine has a Mediterranean climate. Winters (November to March) are mild and rainy, with occasional snowfall in mountainous regions. Spring (April to May) has mild temperatures with plenty of sunshine. Summers (June to August) are long, hot and very dry. Fall (September to October) has milder temperatures with very little rain. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Palestinians observe Ramadan with some services closed during this period.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Locations and talent costs are inexpensive but since no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Palestinian 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 Palestine.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Palestine has a very small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew are best brought in from abroad. The closest crews are in Israel, Jordan or major European production centres.
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 Palestine.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Palestine offers mainly Arab talent. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.
Palestine Film Equipment
Equipment. Only the most basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most standard 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. We post abroad.
Visas & Work Permits
Palestine is subject to the visa policy of Israel. Access to Jerusalem and the West Bank is controlled by the Government of Israel. An entry stamp that permits travel only to the West Bank, does not permit the bearer to enter Jerusalem or Israel.
International crews that intend on making any future travel to Muslim countries may wish to ask Israeli border guards to not stamp their passports with the Israeli entry / exit stamps. Similarly, crew members with extensive travel to Muslim countries or those of Arab, Middle Eastern, or Muslim origin may face additional questioning by Israeli immigration and border authorities.
US passport holders see here for more information.
Access to Gaza is controlled by Hamas. If travelling to Gaza via the Rafah crossing, visitors need to obtain permission from the Egyptian embassy prior to travelling.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are in a fair condition. There are no civilian airports within the West Bank or Gaza so entry by air is through Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Land entry through Jordan is at Aqaba / Eilat or Allenby. Entry through Egypt is at Rafah. Border crossings into Palestine can experience significant delays so allow plenty of time.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Jerusalem include:
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 Palestine, please see below:
Hire Palestine Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Palestine, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Palestine, 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.
We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.