All non-Namibian crew, even crew from SADC countries, require work visas to film in Namibia, even if it is only for a 1-day shoot. All types of productions, even stills shoots, require work visas for non-Namibian crew.
Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is situated 45 km east of Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, and can be reached within 24 hours or less from most American, Australian and Asian cities. From Europe HKIA can be reached in even under 10 hours. Walvis Bay International Airport is Namibia’s second international airport. This airport also services international flights from South Africa with more destinations being planned soon.
Namibia has the perfect weather conditions for filmmakers. It is the second most arid country in Africa. Along the coast and in the south west of the country annual rainfall ranges between only 0 – 10 mm per year, almost exclusively in the summer months from November to April. Since Namibia is scarcely populated and vast, there is virtually no pollution or smog and during the dry season the sun shines undisturbed from clear blue skies, making sunsets and sunrises an unforgettable experience. With 300 days of sunshine on average per year, Namibia is truly a sunny place. During the summer months the usually dry riverbeds become saturated with torrents of muddy water in a very short time. It is during this time that the sun-scorched land comes to life and develops a colourful horizon of floral carpets within a few days. Majestic clouds with vivid sunsets and sunrises add dramatic backdrops to the beautiful landscapes of Namibia. For up to date weather info visit: www.meteona.com
Knowledge of the local environment, contacts to local people and understanding of the prevailing conditions form an essential part of a successful production in Namibia. These are compelling reasons to use a reputable production service provider. Although it is possible to bring international crew to Namibia (your Namibian service facilitator will help with legalities and visas) the use of Namibian crew is a requirement unless there is skills deficit. Many local crews have international experience and have worked locally on a wide variety of productions. The advantage of using professional local crew that have knowledge of the local environment, culture, resources and conditions is priceless and adds savings to the visiting producer’s budget.
Namibia has a limited amount of filming equipment available, with some small gear houses ready and able to assist you. Your Namibian service provider will also assist with sourcing equipment locally such as Arri cameras, Fischer dollies, Arri lights, 4×4 tracking vehicles, wind machines, generators, etc.
All unit support equipment is easily obtainable through local suppliers. This helps to cut your transport and rental costs. Should you choose to bring in your own equipment from abroad, this can be done on an ATA carnet and cleared by a local agent.