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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 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 Sudan

For an introduction to shooting in 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.

Sudan Film Locations

The landscape of Sudan is mainly flat plains broken up by several mountain ranges. The north has the very dry Nubian Desert. The south has swamps and rainforest. The dry regions are plagued by sandstorms which can completely block out the sun.

The capital Khartoum is located where the Blue Nile meets the White Nile to form the River Nile. Khartoum locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Omdurman camel market, the Arab souk and the National Museum.

Outside of Khartoum you can find Dinder National Park wildlife, Jebel Marra (highest peak in Darfur), underwater filming of Red Sea coral reefs, the ruins of Suakin, agricultural land along the River Nile, Ancient and Medieval Nubian archaeological sites including the Pyramids of Meroe, Jebel Barkal, and Temple of Amun.

Sudan Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

In the north, April to October is very hot and dry with Saharan sandstorms blowing in. In the south, April to October is hot and rainy. November to March is warm with clear skies. This is the best time to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Most festivals and events are based on the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is widely observed with many services closed during this period. Cultural events of interest include the Kassala camel races held in September / October.

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

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. 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 Sudan.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Sudan has many unique tribal cultures. Sudan predominantly consists of black, Arab and Beja looks. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Sudan Film Equipment

Equipment. Bring in all camera, grip and lighting equipment from abroad.

Communications. Internet is slow and unreliable.

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

Entry visas or entry permits are required for visiting crew planning to film in Sudan. Crew members must register at the Ministry of Interior within three days of arrival. If travelling more than 25 kilometres outside of Khartoum, a travel permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs in Khartoum. A separate travel permit is required for travel to Darfur. A photography permit from the Sudanese Ministry of Interior, Department of Aliens.

Filmmakers, photographers and journalists who expect to travel to the United States in the future ought to also bear in mind the possible repercussions of having a Sudanese visa stamped in their passport.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Road conditions are poor outside of major towns. Roads in the south during the wet season can become impassable. Road travel by night is not recommended. Our local Sudanese film fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service flights to Sudan.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Khartoum include:

Al Salam Rotana
Burj Al-Fateh Hotel
Khartoum Regency Hotel

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

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 Sudan, please see below:

Hire 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 Sudan, please contact us.

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