Sri Lanka is an emerging destination for filming, and was closed off for many filmmakers during its 30 year war which ended in 2009. Since the end of the war, the country has opened its doors to filmmakers, inviting creators to discover exotic tropical destinations that include stunning golden beaches, lush rainforests, beautiful waterfalls, and misty mountains. Sri Lanka also possesses modern filming facilities including a Telecine Village which includes sound stages and outdoor sets, as well as a wide range of studio facilities and experienced production personnel for filmmakers to utilize in their productions.
The government encourages filmmakers to visit Sri Lanka and experience its unique landscapes and culture. The National Film Corporation works with various ministries and local government authorities to ensure that filmmakers achieve their creative execution by facilitating location clearances and permissions to film in Sri Lanka.
While Sri Lanka has many experienced professionals on all levels of the production industry, it is advisable that you bring your own DoP, AD’s, sound department, and script supervisors. Sri Lanka has a large pool of acting talent who have experience in working in foreign productions. Any kind of casting requirement, including Caucasian and Asian talent can be sourced upon request.
Aerial filming is fully available through the use of both the Sri Lanka Air Force and private helicopter operators.
Any state-of-the art camera, grip and lighting equipment can be easily shipped in from neighboring India. We work with experienced freight agents with excellent knowledge on carnet and local customs requirements for the speedy clearance of all film-related equipment and supplies.
Sri Lanka also boasts a wide range of hotels throughout the country. Local and international cuisine options are available at all hotels and any type of catering requirement can be made available upon request. The country has a well-developed road network, and a wide variety of transport options are available for any kind of requirement. Air-conditioned cars, people carriers, vans and minibuses are readily available, as are trucks of all shapes and sizes for equipment transportation. Aerial and water transport options are available and give you access to a different perspective of the island.
It is no surprise that Sri Lanka is called the “pearl of the Indian Ocean”, because once you experience it, there can be no doubt that it is one of the most beautiful locations that Asia has to offer. Sri Lanka offers regionally competitive rates, a high level of English literacy among its people, and a range of high quality production services for producers which suit any type of budget. Fixers in Sri Lanka are capable of executing your requirements effectively and economically to ensure you make the most out of your filming in the beautiful tropical island.