Vietnam's modernizing spirit and push for international accessibility in the last decade has made it a growing destination for film and productions. More and more local crews, productions, and studios are popping up in the country, and the Vietnamese industry have been praised at recent Cannes Film Festivals; international opportunities are being explored as well, with 2016's Kong : Skull Island leading the charts.
Vietnam offers a host of possible experiences and settings to suite all productions and projects. If you want to bring your project to film in one of Vietnam’s thousands wonderful locations, you can, but will need to prepare. Our company is able to help you with every aspect of production services in Vietnam : location scouting, film permits, access, transportation, equipment rental, crew hire, fixers and interpreters. You can consult our guide to filming in Vietnam below:
Alamaz's production guide:
1How do I get into the country?
Flying to Vietnam: Vietnam has three international airports, Tan Son Nhat in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai in Hanoi and Da Nang international airport in central Vietnam. Journalist visa or not: Once applying to film permit, the ministry will help you to get the journalist visa go with film permit. If you are coming to scout, you can get a tourist visa. We can help to prepare an invitation letters which allow you to get visa on arrival for one month or three months, single or multiple entries.
2Can I bring my own Equipment?
If you bring small crew with middle size professional equipment, it is considered as normal and you won’t run into problem. If you have a film permit, we can help to organize with custom so that the equipment checking will go smoothly. Unfortunately Vietnam is not a carnet country, increasing the difficulty in bringing equipment to use on a short term basis into the country. Most equipment can be rented on a short or medium-term basis for standard rates in Vietnam. Speciality cameras, lenses, or rigging may need to be rented in HCMC, Singapore or Hong Kong and flown in.
3What’s the Deal with Film Permits?
Film permits are mandatory for all foreign media shoots in Vietnam. Although some productions successfully do without, we strongly suggest looking into the necessary process, which you can find here. Almaz Media is able to provide film permits for any kind of shooting in Vietnam. While it can be challenging to get for some projects, a good preparation will allow you for the most successful production. Before you plan your production in Vietnam here are the requirements you need to know :
- Any production has to be followed by a foreign press officer delegated by the ministry of culture of Vietnam. The production needs to cover the officer’s fee of 300 USD per day as well as all his travel, accommodation and and food costs during the production.
- Your synopsis, as well as the passport copies of every crew member, need to be submitted 6 weeks before for narrative filming, and 4 weeks before for documentary filming or TV commercial.
- It is impossible to film nudity, political issues, and ethnic minority issues and some areas in the country are still closed to foreign productions.
- Once your location schedule is set, the foreign press officer will coordinate with the local police of each area to make sure that the local authorities will not interfere with the shooting (trust us, it is worth it!).