Vatican City 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 the Vatican? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in the Vatican
For an introduction to shooting in the Vatican 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.
Vatican Film Locations
Located inside of Rome, the Vatican is the world’s smallest sovereign state and the capital of the Catholic world. Locations of interest include St Peter’s Square where the Pope holds mass, fountains, an Egyptian obelisk and monumental colonnade with 140 statues of saints. Inside St Peter’s Basilica you can find Michelangelo’s Pietà carving, crypt containing the tombs of many popes, the ceiling dome and rooftop views of St Peter’s Square. The Vatican Museums, located next to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, house many great artworks.
Vatican City Film Location Permits
The Vatican does not allow filming of commercials. It reserves the right to refuse permission for filming if it feels the project does not align with its beliefs. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
Rome has hot summers and mild winters. Shooting from July to August is best avoided as this is the height of the European summer holiday period. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Events of interest include:
• An audience with the Pope in St Peter’s Square every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
• Easter Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in March / April.
• Rome International Choral Festival at Rome’s Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in July.
• Christmas Midnight Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in December.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the Vatican.
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 are in Euros. Location fees are determined on a case by case basis so costs can vary greatly depending on the specifics of the project. Our Roman 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 foreign commercials or films shooting in the Vatican.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. No crews exist in the Vatican. Crews can be sourced in Rome or nearby European production centres.
Contact us if you are looking for a Rome 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 the Vatican.
Talent. Less that 1000 people are Vatican citizens. Vatican City citizenship is granted solely on the grounds of appointment to work in the service of the Holy See.
Vatican City Film Equipment
Equipment. The Vatican has no camera, grip or lighting equipment for filming. This can be sourced in Rome or brought in 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. Not applicable. Best sourced in Rome.
Studios and backlots. None exist. Rome has some studio facilities.
Post Production. Rome has all the standard facilities.
Visas & Work Permits
Although the Vatican is technically not a member of the Schengen Area, it has open borders with Italy, so it is treated as part of the Schengen Area. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Contact your closest Embassy of the Holy See for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. The Vatican has no highways or airports. Several budget and international airlines service flights to Rome.
Accommodation. The Vatican has no hotels. Recommended film friendly hotels in Rome include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. The Vatican is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Stop to appreciate the Sistine Chapel.
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 the Vatican, please see below:
Hire Vatican City Production Support & Shooting Crew
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If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in the Vatican, 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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