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Venezuela

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

Venezuela Film Locations

Venezuela has some extraordinary undiscovered locations including tropical paradise islands, deep rainforests, rugged mountains, vast prairies, towering tepuis (table top mountains), impressive waterfalls, and bustling cities.

The country has hosted films including The Motorcycle Diaries, The Liberator, and Arachnophobia.

Film locations can be divided into the following regions:

Andes-Coast

Caracas is the capital and main production centre where most crew and equipment are based. Film locations of interest include Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas, Teleférico de Caracas, Panteón Nacional, Plaza Bolivar, Parque Los Chorros, Iglesia de San Francisco, El Hatillo, and Jardin Botanico. The Tower of David is the world’s tallest slum. El Helicoide is a former shopping mall now used as a prison facility by the intelligence agency SEBIN. The small town of Galipan on Avila Mountain offers panoramic views of Caracas. Within an hour drive from Caracas you can access busy urban locations, beaches, mountains, and cloud forests.

Los Roques Archipelago is known for beaches, turquoise waters, coral reefs, and relaxing beach shacks. Cayo de Agua is a paradise island with a tidal sand spit ideal for fashion and beauty shoots. The small seaside fishing village of Gran Roque is the main settlement. Los Roques is best reached by plane.

Isla Margarita is a more developed beach destination with beach resorts and hotels. Beaches of note include La Playa El Agua, Playa Puerto Cruz, Playa Guacuco, and Playa Manzanillo. The island is also best reached by plane.

Morrocoy National Park, is located on the mainland, a 2 hour drive from Caracas. The location is known for its white-sand beaches and coral reefs. Notable paradise islands just off the coast include Cayo Sombrero, Cayo Borracho, Cayo Sal, and Cayo Peraza.

Mochima National Park is a mountainous coastal region of exceptional beauty.

Medanos de Coro National Park is famous for vast sand dunes that have been used to double for Sahara desert looks.

Colonia Tovar is a small town west of Caracas, known for its Bavarian architecture.

Looking west you can find the snow-covered mountains of Cordillera de Mérida in the Venezuelan Andes mountain range.

Llanos

Los Llanos (The Prairies) are a vast, flat plains region covering much of central Venezuela. The region is famous for its Llanero (Cowboy) culture. Oil and gas extraction is a major industry in Venezuela. The region has large deposits of oil sands.

Guayana

The remote southeastern region of Guayana is an area under-explored by travelling productions.

Canaima National Park covers a vast expanse including several impressive film locations. Angel Falls, with a continuous drop of 1km, is the world’s highest waterfall. The park encompasses the high plateau of La Gran Sabana which includes more than 100 tepuis. The spectacular Mount Roraima is one of the park’s highest tepuis.

The Orinoco Delta is rich in wildlife ranging from monkeys, to macaws, to piranhas.

Amazonas State is home to the majority of the country’s indigenous population including the Warao, the Pemón and the Yanomami people.

Venezuela Film Location Permits

Venezuela film location permits are generally easy to obtain and typically same day or within a couple of days. Most locations are possible. Shooting alcohol or cigarette commercials in National Parks is forbidden. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Although Venezuela is situated in the tropics, its climate varies substantially from the humid low-elevation plains to the cold glacial highlands. The dry season runs from December to April and is the best time to film for weather. The rainy season is between May and November. The end of the rainy season is best for filming Angel Falls at their finest. During the dry season Angel Falls can disappear. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Carnival celebrations take place in February.

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

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. The favorable exchange rate means that your currency goes far in Venezuela. Standard crew and equipment are available locally as are film processing facilities. Venezuela offers a similar price point to Cuba and Colombia. Our Venezuelan fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Note, Most ATMs do not accept US issued debit or credit cards.

Tax Incentives. There are no tax incentives for feature films or commercials shooting in Venezuela.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Venezuela has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Crews are good, hard working, flexible with overtime and turn-around times. Heads of department all speak fluent English. Most visiting productions bring in their own key crew.

Contact us if you are looking for a Caracas 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 Venezuela.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Day rates are very reasonable and negotiated on a personal basis. Venezuela offers great multicultural diversity similar to what you would find in Brazil or Cuba. Asian and East Indian looks are more difficult to find. Amerindian looks are also available.

Venezuela Film Equipment

Equipment. All standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. More specialized equipment can be easily brought in from abroad.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction are up to international standards.

Studios. Some options exist although studios are not Venezuela’s strong point.

Post Production. Some facilities exist.

Visas & Work Permits

Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits. Most crews travelling on Western passports can enter visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. US passport holders are required to obtain a visa prior to travel. See here for more information. Journalists must have the appropriate accreditation and working visa from the Venezuelan authorities before arriving in the country. Our local fixer / service producer will help arrange your application. Contact your local Venezuelan embassy / representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Several international carriers offer flights to Caracas. Major roads and roads in cities are paved but 4WD vehicles are recommended for rural roads especially during the rainy season from May to November. Avoid road travel by night, especially outside of major cities.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Caracas include:

Caracas Palace Hotel
Intercontinental Caracas
Embassy Suites Hotel
Best Western Caracas

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 Venezuela, please see below:

Hire Venezuela Production Support & Shooting Crew

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

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