Colombia has an incredible variety of undiscovered locations including vibrant cities, colonial towns, Amerindian ruins, beaches, mountains, rainforest, waterfalls, rivers, desert, and agricultural lands. Agricultural film locations of interest include cattle ranches and plantations of coffee, cut flowers, bananas, rice, tobacco, corn, sugarcane, and cocoa. Colombia’s equatorial location means most crops are in season all year round.
Crews travelling on western passports, staying for less than 90 days can enter visa-free to film in Colombia. It is however recommended to present customs and immigration a letter of introduction from the Film Commission when entering Colombia. Long-form projects may require visas.
Cast, Crew & Equipment
Colombia has a small but good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Colombian crews are experienced, hard working and resourceful. Crews are non-union. They’re flexible with overtime and turn around times. Heads of department all speak fluent English. Colombia has three experienced stunt companies. Talent is non-union. Day rates and buyouts are negotiated on a personal basis. Colombia is a multicultural country consisting predominately of Mestizo, Caucasian, Afro-Colombian and Amerindian looks such as the Wayuu people. The Pacific region is mainly Afro-Colombian. Some Middle Eastern and Chinese looks are also possible to find although their small numbers mean you would struggle to find lead roles. All the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally in Colombia including Alexa, Phantom Flex, Technocrane, car kits and a range of drones. If you are planning on bringing your own professional gear, first you need permission to film from the Ministry of Culture. There are no customs duties providing the gear is exported. Allow extra time when flying back with gear to clear equipment out of the country. Equipment may remain in Colombia for up to 6 months.