When Filming in Seychelles

WHAT OUR LOCAL FILM FIXERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FILMING IN THE SEYCHELLES

Seychelles, island republic in the western Indian Ocean, comprising about 115 islands, with lush tropical vegetation, beautiful beaches, and a wide variety of marine life.

The climate is tropical, hot all year round. From November to March, there is a rainy and muggy season due to the northwest monsoon, while from June to September, when the southeast trade winds prevail, there is a dry and slightly cooler season. Tropical rains usually occur in the form of downpours or thunderstorms, and in the Seychelles, they usually occur in the afternoon in the sultry and rainy season, and at night in the driest season (when they are fairly frequent but of short duration). 

There are three official languages in the Seychelles: Creole, English, and French. The most common language spoken by the Seychellois population is their own Creole variant, Seychellois Creole, or Seselwa.

The local currency in the Seychelles is the Seychelles rupee (SCR). 15 rupees is roughly equivalent to 1 Euro. The Euro is the most widely accepted foreign currency, and you will see prices listed in both Euros and US dollars

The Seychelles has a well-established infrastructure in the northern Mahe group of islands, but not in the remoter group of coral islands to the south. After independence, the government made considerable efforts to expand its infrastructure in order to attract visitors from Europe and North America. The planning for new road development and road infrastructure maintenance remains an on-going priority for the government.

Island-hopping and getting around in Seychelles is very simple. The most popular and easiest way to travel between Mahe, Praslin and La Digue is by ferry. The rest of the islands can be reached by chartered boat or by a private helicopter ride. The Seychelles Public Transport Corporation operates bus routes throughout Mahé and Praslin. Single flat-rate fares are paid to the driver. Producers can also rents cars. Most of the road network on Mahé and Praslin is sealed and in good condition. Several international airlines service flights to Seychelles International Airport, which is located on Mahé. 

There is currently no tax incentives and rebates available to film in Angola.

Film friendly hotels in the Seychelles include:

Lemuria Resort of Praslin
Chateau de Feuilles
Banyan Tree.

WHAT OUR FILM FIXERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FILM LOCATIONS IN THE SEYCHELLES

The Seychelles are an archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean. The three main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are granitic islands. The others are coral islands. Most of the islands are privately owned or are resorts or nature marine parks.

The Seychelles offer world famous pristine white sand beaches, turquoise waters, glacial boulders, lush hills, surf beaches, and coral reefs perfect for underwater photography.

Agricultural film locations include plantations of coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, limes, and tea.

WHAT OUR LOCAL FILM FIXERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FILM PERMIT ,VISAS AND WORK PERMITS WHEN FILMING IN THE SEYCHELLES

Visas & Work Permits

All foreign nationals visiting the Seychelles are granted visa free access. A Visitor’s Permit, valid for stays of up to 90 days, is issued on arrival.

Film & Location Permits for Seychelles

Film and location permits are easily accessible in the Seychelles and the process is fairly simple. Local film fixers negotiate favourable rates and almost any location can be made available for filming.

WHAT OUR LOCAL FILM FIXERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FILM CREWS,EQUIPMENT AND TALENT IN THE SEYCHELLES

Seychelles has a very small pool of local crew, all HOD’s should be brought in from abroad

All film gear must be brought in from abroad.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable.

English, French and Seychellois Creole are the official languages. Locals mostly speak Seychellois Creole with each other.

Seychellois Creoles are the main ethnic group. Small minorities of British, French, Chinese, and Indian people are also available. Street casting is required as there are no local talent agencies. Best to bring in lead talent from abroad.