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South Sudan

South Sudan 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 South Sudan? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in South Sudan

For an introduction to shooting in South Sudan 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.

South Sudan Film Locations

The terrain of South Sudan is tropical forest, swamps, and grassland. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the White Nile, Africa’s largest teak plantation, Boma National Park, and Southern National Park which hosts the second largest wildlife migration in the world. The Sudd Wetland in the swampy lowland region in central South Sudan is home to the pastoral Nilotic Nuer people. Juba is the capital city. Filming in the Protection of Civilians (POC) locations is best arranged with your NGO sponsor.

South Sudan Film Location Permits

Unauthorised photography of any public areas is illegal with penalties ranging from arrest, to fines, to confiscation of film equipment.

A photography permit must be held by all directors / cameramen. Our South Sudanese fixer will apply for this with the Ministry of Interior on your behalf. The film permit application must include the below information:

• Name of production company/agency
• Name, address, and phone number of local South Sudan fixer
• Title of Film
• Format (video, 8, 16, 35mm)

  • • Duration of film on the screening
  • • Intended audience
  • • Shooting schedule
  • • Number of days
  • • Location and dates of shooting
  • • Estimated total budget of the film ($ or SSP)
  • • Number of expatriates artists (on camera presenter=1)
  • • Number of expatriates film crew (director, producer, cameraman, etc)
  • • Type of construction/improvisation on locations
  • • Equipment to be imported (put this comprehensive list on a separate piece of paper for customs purposes)
  • • Equipment to be hired locally
  • • Raw film / video stock
  • • Type of accommodation, hotel, guest house, camping, etc
  • • Name of Hotel
  • • Approximate time for depositing the final copy of the film
  • • Special requests, if any

If you have a specific location, or list of locations you would like to film or photograph, please contact us for notes and a quote.

Filming with drones is illegal in South Sudan, however some options may be available depending on the specifics of your shoot.

Note, South Sudan authorities are known to be mercurial with their permitting. Be sure to have all permits in writing. As the situation is fluid, expect the unexpected and plan to film your footage as quickly as possible.

When To Shoot?

South Sudan has a tropical climate. The south sees more rain than the north. South Sudan has hot, rainy summers (June to November) and warm, dry winters (December to May). For monthly weather statistics please see here.

South Sudan is a relatively new country. Independence Day celebrations take place in July. Most other holidays are based on the Christian calendar.

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

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 South Sudanese fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Note, many services do no accept credit cards, so it’s good to have USD on hand.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in South Sudan.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. South Sudan has a very small 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 South Sudan.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. South Sudan has many tribal groups. Nilotic tribes include the Dinka, Shilluk and the Nuer with the Dinka being the largest tribe. The Acholi and Lotuhu live in the extreme south. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

If you wish to embed with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), applications must be made in writing directly to the SPLA, and our local fixer will follow up on the local end.

South Sudan Film Equipment

Equipment. South Sudan has a very limited amount of camera, lighting and grip equipment. Best to bring in from abroad. If you are bringing in your film gear a temporary import permit is required. Our South Sudanese fixer will arrange for all required permits and once these are granted the Ministry of Information will apply for a Temporary Import Permit for the equipment. This permit is then filed with customs awaiting your arrival at the airport.

Communications. Slow internet and unreliable access.

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. Must post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Crews travelling on Western passports need to have visas to enter South Sudan.

To apply for a visa, you first need to apply for a Letter Of No Objection from the South Sudan Media Authority. The application letter must be on your company letterhead and must include visiting crew names, copy of passports, role of each team member, production houses. A project synopsis must also be included the nature of your story; locations, and filming schedule. The South Sudan Media Authority will want to see the script / content before approving the Letter Of No Objection. They will not approve any projects they suspect aim to portray governing authorities in a negative light. Once the Letter Of No Objection is issued, you then take this letter to apply for a visa at your closest South Sudan embassy.

Once the visa is issued, each crew member is then required to apply for a Press Pass. Application information must include each visiting crew members Name, Sex, Place and date of birth, Nationality, Mobile number, Email address, Postal address, Profession, Name of Media House, Reason for visit, Specific area(s) to be visited, Local contact number, Website, Arrival and departure dates, and name of base hotel in South Sudan.

Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter South Sudan.

All visitors to South Sudan must register at Immigration within 3 days of arrival.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads outside of Juba are poorly maintained. In particular, roads to the north often become impassable during the rainy season from July to September. Avoid road travel by night. Some off-road are yet to be cleared of landmines. Our South Sudanese fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport. Several international airlines service flights to South Sudan. Commercial flights within South Sudan are limited. You will need an NGO or UN member/sponsor to use the UN/WFP flights.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Juba include:

Logali House
Acacia Village

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. See here for vaccinations required for South Sudan.

Down Time.

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 South Sudan, please see below:

Hire South Sudan Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in South Sudan, 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.