Tibet 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 Tibet? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Tibet
For an introduction to shooting in Tibet 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.
Tibet Film Locations
The Tibetan Autonomous Region is famous for Himalayan mountains, Lhasa’s Potala Palace and Norbulingka. A number of significant monasteries exist including Jokhang Temple, Ramoche Temple, Rongbuk Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery and Samye Monastery. Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is regarded by some as the deepest canyon in the world. Much of Tibet is at a high altitude, so allow for acclimatisation.
Tibet Film Location Permits
Filming in Tibet is strictly controlled by the Chinese government. Unsanctioned filming can result in arrest and future bans from entering China, and serious problems for local Tibetans involved.
Contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Tibet has a dry climate, with year-round cold temperatures in the mountains and plateaus. Temperatures fluctuate greatly between day and night. Tibet has many sunny days throughout the year so appropriate sun protection is a must no matter the season.
Winter runs from November to March. Temperatures are very cold with some roads closed due to heavy snowfall. Spring runs from April to May with clear and cool conditions. Summer runs from May to September with warm days and cold nights. High altitude locations become accessible and grasslands are at their lushest. Fall runs from September to October with clear and cool conditions. Spring and fall are the best seasons for Mt Everest visibility.
Tibetan New Year (Losar) is celebrated sometime between January and March, depending on the Tibetan calendar. The Saga Dawa Festival takes place in May / June. The month of August has the Ganden Thangka Festival, Shoton Festival, and Nagqu Horse Racing Festival.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Tibet.
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. Our Tibetan fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. There are currently no government financial incentives designed to attract visiting productions.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Local production support is available. Film crews needs to be brought in.
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 Tibet.
Talent. Tibet is inhabited primarily by ethnic Tibetans. Han and Chinese Muslim minorities also live in Tibet. All other talent looks need to be brought in.
Tibet Film Equipment
Equipment. Bring in equipment to film in Tibet.
Communication. Internet and phones are available in larger population centres.
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
Tibet is not set up to service major commercial shoots. Film infrastructure such as dedicated art department, studios, backlots, and post production does not exist.
Visas & Work Permits
Travel to Tibet is strictly controlled by the Chinese government. Entry restrictions may change dramatically and without prior warning with entry often banned during periods of civil unrest.
To enter Tibet you must have a valid Chinese Visa and a Tibet Entry Permit (TTB). The TBB only allows access to Lhasa and Nagqu. To enter more restricted areas an Alien Travel Permit (PSB) is also required. A Military Permit is required if you want to travel to sensitive military zones. If you are entering Tibet by plane from mainland China, you will need the original permit. If you are arriving by train, you will only need a photocopy of the permit. Permits must be organized through an official agent as part of a pre-arranged tour. Please contact us for contact details of a reliable agent. Once in Tibet you must be accompanied by an official guide. If you leave Lhasa you must also be accompanied by an official car and driver.
Contact your local Chinese embassy or representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Much of Tibet has rough slow going roads. If arriving in Lhasa by air be mindful that flying in from a lower altitude city puts you at higher risk of altitude sickness.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Lhasa include:
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 Tibet, please see below:
Hire Tibet Production Support & Shooting Crew
If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Tibet, please contact us.
If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Tibet, 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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