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Uzbekistan

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

Uzbekistan Film Locations

Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country located in Central Asia. It’s known for its ancient mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums and Silk Road locations. Uzbekistan has snowy mountains, rivers, lakes and desert.

Ancient cities of note include Samarkand (Registan Square, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Gur-e-Amir, Shah-i-Zinda, Ulugh Beg Observatory), Bukhara (Ark Fortress, Samanid Mausoleum, Po-i-Kalyan), Khiva (Kalta Minaret, Elliq-Qala lost desert fortresses), Termez (Hakim al-Termezi Mausoleum), Andijan (Jami Madrasah), Shakhrisabz (Ak Saray Palace), and Kokand (Khudayar Khan Palace).

Ugam-Chatkal National Park has mountain steppes, forests, alpine meadows, river valleys and floodplain forests.

The Fergana Valley is known for its traditional silk and pottery crafts. Margilan is known for its silk factories.

Agricultural use of the Aral Sea has shrunk it to 10% of its former size. Moynaq is a deserted fishing village that now sits in the middle of a desert. The location hosts an annual music festival.

The Muruntau gold mine is located in the Kyzyl Kum Desert of Uzbekistan.

Tashkent is the capital and main entry point by air. Locations of note include Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent TV Tower, Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, Amir Temur Square, Amir Timur Museum, State Museum of History of Uzbekistan, Hotel Uzbekistan, Mausoleum of Zangiota, and a modern international airport. Faith locations include Kukeldash Madrasah, Kukcha Mosque, Khoja Akhrar Mosque, Minor Mosque, Sacred Heart Cathedral, and Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin. Tashkent Metro also has old Soviet style subway stations available for filming.

Uzbekistan Film Location Permits

Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Unauthorised photography of sensitive government buildings and other public infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, reservoirs, mountain passes, and the subway system, is strictly policed. Penalties may include arrest, fines, and confiscation of film equipment. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Uzbekistan has an extreme continental climate. The south of the country is generally warmer than the north. Winters (November to March) are cold and snowy. Spring (April to May) has plenty of sunshine with mild conditions. Summers (June to August) are very hot and dry. Fall (September to October) has plenty of sunshine with mild conditions. Spring and fall are the best seasons to film for weather. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Navruz is celebrated in March. The Boysun Spring Festival takes place in May. Ramadan is observed by the majority Muslim population with some 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 Uzbek 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 Uzbekistan.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Uzbekistan has a very small 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 Uzbekistan.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Uzbekistan offers mainly ethnic Uzbek looks with some Russian and Tajik looks also available. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Uzbekistan Film Equipment

Equipment. Uzbekistan has a range of new camera, lighting and grip equipment available locally. More sophisticated gear needs to be brought in from abroad. Bringing in small camera, lighting, grip and sound gear is easy. Note, importing drone equipment is illegal in Uzbekistan. We have a locally based DJI Phantom for rent including an operator. If your shoot requires bringing in a lot of big equipment you will need to hire a customs broker.

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 and backlots. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. For smaller projects crew can enter as tourists. All crew travelling on Western passports must possess a valid Uzbek visa to enter and film in Uzbekistan. Visas must be applied for at your closest Uzbek embassy or consulate. An in-person interview may be required before a visa is approved. Our local fixer / service producer will submit a Letter of Invitation in support of your entry to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. US passport holders see here for more information about Uzbek visas. Contact your local Uzbekistan embassy or representative for more information.

For larger productions such as feature films, you will need to apply for an official film permit which will give you full government support. The process can take 1 or 2 months and requires submission of all project information for government approval. The government will provide you with a government official to be with you at all times (at your cost).

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads connecting major cities are relatively well maintained. Rural and mountain roads, particularly in the Tien Shan Mountains region are only accessible by 4WD. Our local fixer / service producer can organise safe and reliable ground transport. Several international airlines service flights to Uzbekistan.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Uzbekistan include:

Tashkent:
Radisson Sas Hotel
InterContinental Hotels

Samarkand:
Hotel Afrosiyob Palace

Hotel Grand Samarkand

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 Uzbekistan, please see below:

Hire Uzbekistan Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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