I'm interested in shooting my film in Iran. Is it possible at all?
Yes. Any filmmaker from any country can shoot his or her film in Iran. You just need to travel over here legally and obtain official "Shoot Permits" in advance.
Please note that while in Iran, you should follow the rules and laws of Iran, as well as the dress code.
(Australian filmmakers shooting a documentary in Persepolis)
What is a "Shoot Permit"?
It is an official document, issued by the police, which allows you to shoot your film in any city or location. Everybody (including Iranian filmmakers and photographers) need to obtain it before starting their shoot in Iran. Ofcourse there are some specific locations (like army sites) which need special papers and are not covered by the general shoot permits.
How much does this "Shoot Permit" cost?
The cost depends on city, location, duration and time of filming (day or night). Please ask us for a quote in advance.
How can I shoot / produce my film in Iran?
Firstly, you should travel to Iran legally as a filmmaker. For this purpose, you'll need to obtain a Press Visa. We know the procedure and we'll guide you through it. To summarize:
1. You should fill out the
Application Form and send it back to us along with some
documents (like photo, passport copy,...)
2. We'll do the paperwork and receive the grants from the authorities.
3. You go to any Iranian embassy in the world and receive your Press Visa.
Although it sounds simple, it should be done very carefully.
What is a "Press Visa"?
There are various types of Visa for traveling to Iran: Tourist Visa, Business Visa,... and Press Visa.
If you're traveling to Iran to shoot your film, then you should apply for a Press Visa. This type of Visa allows you to produce your film in any city and you will be supported by the government during your stay. You will receive your Press Card and all your "Shoot Permits" as soon as you land in Iran.
What are the required documents?
1. The completed
Application Form, signed and dated by the applicant
2. Two 3x4cm photos (you can scan/email it to us)
3. Passport copy
4. Short description about the project
5. Your production company profile (on the letterhead)
6. A letter to Persian Magic Art Group (on your letterhead) for hiring our services while you're in Iran
How long does it take to receive a "Press Visa"?
2 to 4 weeks.
Please note that the Press Visas are issued by the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs. They may approve or deny your request depending on your project and the background of the travelers. The approval rate is 90%, but they might reject some cast or crew members from specific countries.
Is there any fee for applying for "Press Visa"?
Yes. It depends on the type of project, number and type of locations. Prior to any payment, we will do a cost analysis based on your project details.
Should I take all equipment to Iran?
We have almost all filming equipment that you might need in Iran and even in our office; usually with renting prices less than your home country.
Ranging from professional cameras, lighting and sound recording equipment to moving and special effects devices, you can rent them here and save some production budget. Also, it is always easier to travel light.
What does Iran have to offer?
Iran is a vast country. From beautiful deserts to snowy mountains, from spectacular waterfalls to jungles, seas, islands, historic villages, ancient sites and modern cities, Iran has a lot to offer
There are also two Cinema Towns in Tehran. They offer various locations and services for filmmakers.
I don't want to travel to Iran. What other options do I have?
If you can't travel to Iran for any reason, there are another options for you:
- Use our stock footage, or
- Ask us to shoot on your behalf
Just tell us what you need (footage, interviews, short films,...) along with your guidelines and storyboards and we will shoot them for you.
We will send the files to you for your confirmation. If you're happy with the footage, we will send you the original files on a USB Flash Disk or External Hard Disk by post (DHL).
I have more questions! What should I do?
Just call or email us. We usually reply within a few hours, if not instantly!