Suriname 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 Suriname? 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 Suriname? See below for an introduction to Suriname 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.
Suriname Film Locations
The northern, lowland coastal area of Suriname is cultivated. The southern part consists of Amazon rainforest and sparsely inhabited savanna. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Brownsberg Nature Park, Raleighvallen Nature Reserve, rice paddies and banana plantations, indigenous villages and Galibi Nature Reserve where giant leatherback sea turtles come to lay their eggs.
The capital Paramaribo offers British, Dutch, French and Spanish colonial architecture. Locations of note include Fort Zeelandia, Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral.
Suriname Film Location Permits
Permission to film is requested on the local level, often in person, with the owners of the location. So for instance if you would like to film in a Maroon or Amerindian village our Surinamese fixer would need to travel in person, prior to filming, to negotiate the terms of permission to film.
Allow more lead time for larger footprint shoots, as well as shoots involving filming in culturally and environmentally sensitive locations. Drone filming is permitted but restricted in areas close to towns and airstrips. Please contact us for shoot specific information.
When To Shoot?
Suriname has a humid, tropical climate with long daylight hours all year round. Inland regions are often hotter and more humid than areas on the coast which are cooler and dryer. The short wet season runs from December to January. The first dry season runs from February to March. The long wet season runs from April to August. The second dry season runs from September to November. The dry seasons are the best times to film for weather. Suriname lies outside of the Caribbean hurricane zone. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
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Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. The favorable exchange rate means that your currency goes far in Suriname. 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 Surinamese fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for feature films or commercials in Suriname.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Suriname has a very small pool of local 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 Suriname.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Casting facilities are undeveloped in Suriname so street casting is often required. Suriname has a diverse, multicultural society. Most Surinamese are of East Indian, Maroon, Creole, and Javanese decent. The main groups living in the interior are the Maroons who are of African descent, and Amerindians (Akurio, Arawak, Kaliña, Mawayana, Sikiana, Tiriyó, Waiwai, Warao, and Wayana).
Suriname Film Equipment
Equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. A film permit is required to import equipment and avoid paying customs duties.
Communication. Telephone and internet services are limited.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction are very limited in Suriname.
Studios and backlots. None exist at present.
Post Production. No post production facilities exist at present.
Visas & Work Permits
Crews travelling on passports from most western countries can obtain Tourist Cards on arrival for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to film in Suriname. US passport holders looking for more information, see here.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation. The road system is quite undeveloped. It’s possible to get around the more populated north by road however heading inland is best done by boat or plane. The capital Paramaribo is serviced internationally by several international airlines.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Paramaribo include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
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 Suriname, please see below:
Hire Suriname Production Support & Shooting Crew
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If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Suriname, 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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