Burundi Film Locations
Burundi is a landlocked country in Central Africa but part of the East Africa block composed of Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania Kenya and Southern Sudan. It has a hilly to mountainous terrain with plains in the east. Burundi is home to biodiversity including chimpanzees, baboons, buffaloes, hippos and a wide range of birdlife. National Parks of interest include the Kibira and Ruvubu. Natural Reserves of interest include the Bururi, Rusizi, Rwihinda Lake and Vyanda. Other natural looks include Saga’s white sand beaches on Lake Tanganyika, and Kagera Waterfall. Agricultural film locations include coffee, tea, sugarcane and cotton plantations. Gitega is Burundi’s charming former colonial capital offering beautiful vistas of mountain forests. Bujumbura is the capital and main entry point by air.
Burundi Film Location Permits
Most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Unauthorized filming, photography or any other recording of government buildings, military installations, and key infrastructure such as airports and border controls, is illegal. Penalties may include arrest, fines and confiscation of your equipment. Please contact us for location specific information.
Best time to film in Burundi
Burundi has a tropical highland climate with temperatures varying depending on the altitude. The short, dry season runs from December to January. The long, wet season runs from February to May. The long, dry season runs from June to August. The short wet season runs from September to November. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Local costs such as talent, supporting crew and locations are inexpensive. Burundi is one of the least expensive countries in the region although imported goods can be quite expensive so come prepared. Our Burundian 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 Burundi.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Burundi has a very small pool of local directors or directors of photography or stills photographers in Burundi. Local supporting crews can help with basic projects, otherwise most crew will need to be brought in from abroad. Kenya is the closest major production centre for more experienced crews.
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 Burundi.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. The Burundian talent pool is limited to African looks. The Hutu and Tutsi are the main ethnic groups. All other looks need to be brought in from abroad.
Burundi Film Equipment
Equipment. No equipment exists locally. Bringing in gear is a simple process. The closest place that has all of the standard camera, grip and lighting gear is Nairobi, Kenya.Communication. Local connections are generally slow. Our Burundian fixer organises local cell phones and online communications to help you avoid the high roaming costs of calling to and from Africa