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Tunisia

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

Tunisia Film Locations

Despite its relatively small size, Tunisia offers a great diversity of locations. As well as unique film locations, Tunisia also offers locations that double well for other Mediterranean, North African and Middle Eastern looks. Tunisia is best known for its beautiful beaches, desert dunes, otherworldly arid mountain landscapes, oasis, souks, Roman ruins, and Islamic architecture. Mediterranean Tunisia has agricultural locations including olive groves, wheat and barley fields. Heading inland the landscape becomes more desert and oasis.

Boasting a rich film history, Tunisia has hosted Star Wars Episodes I, II, III and IVRaiders of the Lost Ark, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and The English Patient. The Italians and French have been shooting feature films in Tunisia as far back as the 1970’s.

Tunisia’s film locations can be divided into the following regions:

Northern Tunisia

Tunis is the sprawling capital of Tunisia. It is the main production service centre where crew and equipment are based. The medina is the centre of city life with its chaotic souks and winding alleys. Other locations of note include the Al-Zaytuna Mosque, Bab El Bhar, and Bardo National Museum.

A 20 minute drive from Tunis takes you to the blue and white painted homes of Sidi Bou Said, and the ancient Roman ruins of Carthage.

Bulla Regia and Dougga are two other Roman ruins of note in Northern Tunisia.

Tabarka is a good base for shoots involving mountains, green forests, and coastline. National Parks of note in norther Tunisia include El Feidja National Park, Jebel Serj National Park, and Jebel Chitana-Cap Négro National Park. Lake Ichkeul is an important wetlands area for migrating birds.

Hammamet is known for its beaches.

Central Tunisia

The Amphitheatre of El Jem is one of North Africa’s most impressive Roman ruins.

Kairouan is one of the holiest cities in Islam. The city’s medina is a picture perfect warren of minarets, domes, and back alleys.

The coastal city of Sousse is known for its medina’s whitewashed houses and back alleys.

The Monastir Ribat is an impressive Islamic coastal fortification.

Southern Tunisia

The oasis city of Tozeur is the gateway to Sahara Desert locations.

Chott el Djerid is a sprawling salt pan known for its moonscape looks.

To the west you can find the Grand Erg Oriental, which offers the classic shifting Sahara Desert sand dunes locations.

The Troglodyte homes of Matmata, as seen in the first Star Wars film, is a location of note in this region.

Ksar Ouled Soltane is a fortified granary located in the Tataouine district.

Heading toward the coast, Djerba Island is known for its whitewashed houses.

Tunisia Film Location Permits

Tunisia is open for business and local authorities are very supportive of film projects. A general film permit is required to cover all filming on public property. This takes around 3 days to permit. For larger projects looking to shut streets or take exclusive control of public space, individual permits and longer lead time is required for permitting. Tunisian’s like to do business in person so often our Tunisian fixer / producer will need to travel to the location to negotiate permission to film. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Northern Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild, rainy winters. The central area is semi-arid and the south has a desert climate. The mild spring (March to June) and fall (September to October) are the best seasons to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The International Festival of the Sahara celebrates Tunisia’s nomadic cultures and traditions takes place in December. Ramadan is widely observed with some services limited or closed during this period.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. On average Tunisia is a cost competitive place to shoot. The favorable exchange rate offers considerable savings. The need to bring in some equipment, key crew and talent can add to costs. Depending on the project, Tunisia is more or less a similar price point to Morocco. Our Tunisian service producer / 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 Tunisia. The VAT of 18% is refundable on all expenses for feature films. The negative is considered an export, so there are no charges to be paid through customs.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Tunisia has a small pool of directors, videographers and stills photographers. Tunisian crews have been servicing foreign productions since the 1970’s. They are skilled and experienced and most speak fluent French and English. Note, Tunisians like to do business in person so location departments tend to be larger than usual. As long as the best key crew are available it is usually not necessary to bring in key crew from abroad. Depending on the project, you might want to bring in a DoP, 1st AD and specialist hair / makeup crew. Tunisia’s close proximity to major European production centres allows easy access to those crews should you ever need to look further.

Contact us if you are looking for a Tunis based 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 Tunisia. 

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Tunisia offers mainly Arab / Berber looking talent. There is also an expat community offering some European and African looks although the depth is only there for background roles. All other talent needs to be brought in from abroad.

Tunisia Film Equipment

No official locally based supplier. Local production companies have their own equipment and share when necessary. Some standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. All other specialized equipment and operators need to be brought in from abroad. For temporary import clearance, Tunisia is an ATA carnet country.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is impressive in Tunisia. Local crews have built sets for films such as Indiana Jones, Star Wars and The English Patient.

Studios and backlots. Mostly small studios. Tunisia has two impressive studio backlots – Ancient Rome (Ext & Int) and 1950’s Sicily (Ext, streets, facades, places).  

Post Production. Best to post abroad. Processing is available locally. LTC Gammarth, a subsidiary of LTC France, is the only local lab.

Visas & Work Permits

Crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to shoot in Tunisia.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Tunisia has an extensive road network. Travel after dark outside of Tunis is best avoided. Desert travel is slower going and subject to sandstorms. Our local fixer will organise safe and reliable 4WD transportation for off-road travel. Several international airlines service regular flights to Tunis.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Tunis include:

Golden Tulip
Sheraton
Hotel le Consul
Les Berges du Lac

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.

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 Tunisia, please see below:

Hire Tunisia Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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