Senegal 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 Senegal? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Senegal
For an introduction to shooting in Senegal 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.
Senegal Film Locations
The capital Dakar offers a variety of interesting film locations including the African Renaissance Monument, IFAN Museum of African Arts, Museum of Black Civilisations, House of Slaves Museum, Mosque of the Divinity, the Corniche, and a variety of colourful markets, and Goree Island colonial architecture.
Outside of Dakar, Senegal is know for its coastal towns, white sand beaches, surf breaks, lush forests, rivers, rice paddies, mangrove, and huge kapok trees. Locations of particular interest include Lac Retba, Kayar fishing village, Mboro city, the old French colonial city of Saint Louis, Joal-Fadiouth, Palmarin, Point de Sangomar, Saly, Great Mosque of Touba, Langue de Barbarie, Bandia Wildlife Reserve, Saloum Delta National Park, Niokolokoba National Park, Sangalkam Turtles Village, and Lompoul Desert.
BBC’s Dynasties chimpanzees episode filmed in Senegal.
Senegal Film Location Permits
A general Film Permit from the Ministry of Culture is required if filming in public locations. This is a per project permit, not per crew member. Permission to film on location is generally arranged in person with local government officials and community leaders. A good fixer is essential to ensure a smooth shoot. Senegal allows drone filming. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Senegal’s climate is tropical, hot and humid. The cool, dry season from December to April is the best time to film for weather. The humid, rainy season runs from May to November. Rural roads often become impassible during this period. Also, many services close for Ramadan. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Senegal is home to several interesting music festivals including Abéné Festival in December / January, St Louis Jazz Festival in May, and Kaay Fecc in May / June. Senegalese wrestling is the national sport with events on throughout the year.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Senegal.
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. 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 Senegalese 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 feature films shooting in Senegal.
Film Crew & Talent
Crew. Senegal has a small pool of locally based 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 Senegal.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable on a personal level. Senegal offers mainly West African looking talent comprising predominately of the Wolof, Fula and Serer tribes. Some Caucasian, Chinese and Lebanese looks available. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.
Senegal Film Equipment
Equipment. Some basic camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. Best to bring in from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Senegal is an ATA carnet country. Bringing in gear is inexpensive and easy compared to some other parts of Africa.
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 and backlots. None exist at present.
Post Production. Post abroad.
Visas & Work Permits
Western passport holders can enter Senegal visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Evidence of yellow fever vaccination is also required for entry into Senegal. A project synopsis may also be asked for. US passport holders see here for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Most main roads are in a good condition. During the rainy season, some roads becoming impassable. Our Senegalese fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Senegal.
Accommodation. See here for film friendly hotels in Dakar:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For those looking to stay with local communities our fixer also organises hosted accommodation.
Down Time. Go float around in the pink salty waters of Lake Retba.
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 Senegal, please see below:
Hire Senegal Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Senegal, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Senegal, 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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