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Togo

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

Filming in Togo

For an introduction to shooting in Togo 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.

Togo Film Locations

Togo is a narrow country in West Africa, sandwiched between Benin and Ghana.

South. Togo’s Atlantic coast is known for its beaches, sleepy fishing villages, and annual whale migration. Beaches of note include Le Ramatou and Robinson Plage. Lake Togo is a popular destination with filmmakers and photographers. Lomé is the capital, largest city, and main entry point by air into Togo. Locations of note include the Akodessewa fetish market (one of Africa’s largest voodoo markets), The Grand Market, and the Palace of the Governors (official residence of the President of Togo). Vogan voodoo market is another film location of interest in the region.

Central. The town of Kpalime is surrounded by coffee and cocoa plantations. Fazao Malfakassa National Park is known for its African elephants. The Togo Mountains offer more wild locations.

North. The Sahel region is dominated by savannah. Koutammakou is a region of the Batammariba people who live in traditional villages built from mud walls and thatched roofs. Nok and Mamproug Cave Dwellings are located in the Tandjouaré Prefecture. Kéran National Park is known for its African elephants, bushbuck and antelopes.

Togo Film Location Permits

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

When To Shoot?

Togo has a humid, tropical climate. November to February is warm with little rainfall. This is the best time to film for weather. March to April is hot and humid. May to October is the rainy season. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:

• Gadao held in Sokode in March.
• Evala held in Kabye in July.
• Gbagba held in Kpalime in August.
• Voodoo Festival held in Glidji in September.
• Humpback whale migration in the Gulf of Benin in October.

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

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 Togolese fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

The West African CFA franc (XOF) is the official currency.

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

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Togo 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 Togo.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Togo offers mainly West African looking talent. There are 40 different ethnic groups, the main ones being the Ewe, Kotokoli, Tchamba, Kabyé and the Ouatchis. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Togo Film Equipment

Equipment. You will need to bring in all camera, grip and equipment from abroad.

Communications. 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. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Nationals of all countries can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 7 days. To avoid long waits at immigration it’s recommended to apply for entry visas ahead of time. US passport holders see here for more information. Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required to enter Togo. Contact your local Togo embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure is quite basic. Only major roads are paved. It’s best to avoid road travel by night. Many roads are impassable during the rainy season. Our Togolese fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transportation. Several international airlines service regular flights to Lomé.

Accommodation. See here for film friendly hotels in Togo:

Mercure Lome Sarakawa
Hotel Ibis Lome Centre

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

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

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 Togo, please see below:

Hire Togo Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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