Fixing: Our company is able to help you with every aspect of production services in Vietnam


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.

  • Myself and a crew of 11 recently worked with Mai Suong and Almaz Media. Our production company is based in the US and as anyone who has shot internationally knows, having a local reliable fixer/producer is essential to your shoot running smoothly. Mai Suong did exactly that for us - she was a true team player and did everything she could to ensure that we had a successful and fun shoot. From the moment we landed in Vietnam to when we left, we were always in good hands, whether it was with help dealing with last minute location changes, hiring additional crew, hooking us up with vendors, or most importantly recommending good places to eat! Mai Suong's most helpful attribute was that she always had quick, smart and efficient solutions whenever we ran into an inevitable unforeseen production problem. A production is affected greatly when someone offers solutions, rather than a shrug and an "I don't know" attitude, especially when you are unfamiliar with the country and are relying on your local producer for guidance. Mai Suong gets five stars just for this alone! Whether a local agency or an international producer looking for a production company in Vietnam to work with, I can't recommend Almaz Media enough. You will be in good hands.

    Jeff Winkler – Producer Traveling Band Los Angeles, CA

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:

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.

Once applying for a film permit, the ministry will help you to get a Journalist Visa go with it. If you are coming just to scout, you can simply get a Tourist Visa. We can help to prepare invitation letters which allow you to get visa on arrival (or VoA) for one month or three months, single or multiple entries.

If you bring small crew with medium 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 liaise with customs so that the equipment inspections will go smoothly. Unfortunately Vietnam is not a carnet country, increasing the difficulty in bringing equipment to use on a short term basis. Most equipment can be rented in the short or medium-term for standard rates in Vietnam. Speciality cameras, lenses, or rigging may need to be rented in HCMC, Singapore or Hong Kong and flown in.

Film permits are mandatory for all foreign media shoots in Vietnam. Although some productions successfully do shoot without one, we strongly advise against this. Almaz Media is able to provide film permits for any kind of production in Vietnam. While it can be challenging to get for some projects, good preparation will allow you the most successful shoot. 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, who is 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 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 shoots.
  • It is impossible to film nudity, political issues, and ethnic minority issues. 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!).
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