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Filming in Turkey can be a bit challenging especially if you are not speaking Turkish.
You'll often have to deal with the language barrier, worry about getting consent of different authorities and doing some boring paperwork.
This is where we step in and make your life easy. Remember that we are based in Istanbul but we assist with film permits and production support all around Turkey.
Please remember that the information below applies only for filmmakers and crews visiting Turkey for a feature film, commercials, documentaries, TV shows, music, corporate or event videos and online content for the web.
If you or your crew is visiting Turkey for news coverage, you should directly apply for a temporary press accreditation from the office of Prime Minister.
If you are visiting Turkey for a photography production, please contact us.
A general filming permit will help your team to be recognized as a film crew during your crews stay in Turkey.
Here is a step by step guide on how to apply for general filming permission for Turkey.
First step to apply for filming permit in Turkey is to fill the application form which can be downloaded here.
The form should be completed and signed by either the producer or the director of the crew.
Keep in mind that Cinema department will ask for passport copies of every crew member as well as a sheet which contains names, roles and contact information of the crew. If there is any equipment that you are bringing to Turkey, you will want to make a seperate list for them, too.
Remember that it is "obligatory to have at least one host who is a citizen of the Turkish Republic" to apply for the filming permission.
One very important point for film permit application is to clearly state the content of your shoot on the form. You will be asked to describe your intent in couple of sentences.
When all the documents are ready, you'll need to e-mail them to email@example.com, CC'ed with your local production partner or fixer in Turkey. The fixer will then to do a follow up to make sure that the film office received the documents to get the ball rolling.
Depending on how intact your application is, our production partners usually receive the general permits within a week, but we always advice to apply minimum 2 or 3 weeks before filming since obtaining the general filming permit does NOT mean you can start filming in Turkey.
There is going to be second or sometimes third layer of local authorities to give consent depending on where you want to film. (city directorates of culture and tourism, local municipalities, police departments etc.)
The good news is that you won't really need to worry about the rest since we will be dealing with the other authorities on your behalf. All we will need is some extra time.
Our job is to make your filming experience as smooth as possible. Good luck!
*If you already have the filming permit in hand, you might also want to check the information about Turkey filming visa. Please contact us if you have questions regarding the filming permissions.
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