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Syria 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 Syria? 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 Syria? See below for an introduction to Syria 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.

Syria Film Locations

Syria is a regional center for Arabic TV drama productions and period pieces. The country is best known for its ancient ruins, medieval souks, mosques, desert landscapes, mountains, and beaches.

Damascus, the City of Jasmine, is the capital and main production centre where crew and equipment are based. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Umayyad Mosque, Azm Palace, Citadel of Damascus, Al-Hamidiyah Souq, Al-Buzuriyah Souq, Tekkiye Mosque, Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque, Khan As’ad Pasha, Umayyad Square, Bab Tuma, and Bab Sharqi.

The city of Aleppo is known for the Great Mosque of Aleppo and the Citadel of Aleppo.

The ancient city of Palmyra is located in an oasis in the middle of the Syrian Desert. Ancient locations of note include Palmyra Castle, Temple of Bel, and the Tetrapylon. 

Other ancient locations of note include the Crac des Chevaliers crusader castle, Bosra’s Roman Amphitheater, The Norias of Hama, the Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian, Qal’at Ja’bar Castle, and Masyaf Castle.

The eastern town of Baghuz was the last ISIS stronghold to fall in 2019.

Syria Film Location Permits

The ongoing conflict in Syria makes it a very dangerous place to film. Permits for foreign journalists are difficult to obtain. Best to enter with the assistance of local individuals or groups you wish to work with. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Syria’s inland areas are drier and hotter than the wetter and cooler conditions found on the Mediterranean coast. Summers (June to August) are hot and dry. Winters (December to February) are cold with snowfall common in mountain areas. Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are the best months to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Ramadan is widely observed with many services closed during this period.

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 Syrian 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 Syria.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Syria has a very small local 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 Syria.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Syria offers mainly Arabic looking talent with Kurdish looks also possible. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Syria Film Equipment

Equipment. Some very basic camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. You will need to bring in most equipment from abroad.

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing. Some websites are blocked from access.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic.

Studios. Only basic facilities belonging to local TV stations exist.

Backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Citizens of all countries require a visa to enter Syria. Applications are to be made at your closest Syrian embassy or diplomatic mission.

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 Syrian visa stamped in their passport.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Many roads have been damaged by conflict. Many international airlines have suspended flights to Damascus due to the Syrian Civil War. Depending on where you want to go, entering via a land border may be a more effective approach.

Accommodation. Hotels in Damascus include:

Four Seasons Hotel
Beit Zafran Hotel de Charme
Queen Centre Arjaan

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For journalists entering conflict zones our Syrian fixer might be able to help arrange safe hosted accommodation.

Final Notes

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 Syria, please see below:

Hire Syria Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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