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

Filming in Tonga

For an introduction to shooting in Tonga 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.

Tonga Film Locations

Tonga is an archipelago in the South Pacific comprising of 176 islands. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include coral islands, beautiful bays and lagoons, white sand beaches, surf reefs, blow holes, volcanic islands of Tofua and Humpback whale migration.

Tonga Film Location Permits

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

When To Shoot?

Tongo has a tropical climate. The humid, wet season runs from December to April with tropical cyclones occurring during this period. The cooler, dry season runs from May to November. This is the best time to film for weather. Tonga offers good year-round underwater filming conditions with Humpback whales migrating from July to November. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Heilala Festival Week takes place in July. The Regatta Vava’u & Festival takes place in October.

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

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. On the whole Tonga is a relatively inexpensive place to shoot although imported goods tend to be expensive. Since no filming infrastructure exists on the islands all crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Our Tongan 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 shooting in Tonga.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Film and photography crews need 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 Tonga.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Casting facilities are undeveloped in Tonga so street casting is required. There are very few non-Tongan looks available locally so those do need to be brought in from abroad.

Tonga Film Equipment

Equipment. Camera, grip and lighting equipment needs to be brought in.

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 are very minimal.

Studios and Backlots don’t exist.

Post Production. None available locally.

Visas & Work Permits

Crews travelling on western passports can get visas on arrival for stays of less than a month. Work permits are not required to film in Tonga.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Local roads are basic. The best way to get around the islands is by boat or plane. Several international airlines service flights to Tonga.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Tonga include:

Fafa Island Resort
International Dateline Hotel

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.

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 Tonga, please see below:

Hire Tonga Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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