Filming in Belgium

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Belgium is a small and charming European country that balances traditional and modern in its cities, and has lots of rolling green countryside dotted with windmills and the occasional castle. Brussels is one of the main hubs for filming, and is full of sleek contemporary buildings, perfectly preserved Art Nouveau architecture, and grand city parks, so there’s something for all sorts of productions.

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Obtaining permission to film in Belgium is usually fairly straightforward. Most major urban areas have their own film office, and they’ll handle permits and permissions. Belgium has a thriving TV and movie industry, and they’re generally welcoming to anyone who wants to film. If you have cast and crew from the EEA – European Economic Area, then they most likely won’t need a work visa. Visitors from other countries shouldn’t need a work permit if the shoot is under 21 days, but they will need to declare their activities. NEEDaFIXER BELGIUM have excellent knowledge of visas and permits, and can ensure everyone has permission to work in the country.

Need a Fixer have an extensive network of contacts in Belgium, and across the rest of the world, so if you’re planning to film in Brussels, Bruges, Antwerp, or anywhere else, we can ensure everything is in place. We can find crew, from camera operators to runners, to hair and make-up artists, and even directors and producers. We can help with casting, sourcing talent either within Belgium, or further afield if required, and send you showreels so you can make casting decisions.

If you need equipment for your shoot, NEEDaFIXER BELGIUM have access to top quality rental equipment, from single cameras to full kits. We even have access to drone cameras which make aerial shots easy, and can hire a pilot to operate them.

Some larger productions that were filmed in Belgium include Girl with a Pearl Earring, Grace of Monaco, and In Bruges. Several TV shows have been filmed in the country, including Cordon, an apocalyptic drama that was screened around the world.

Belgium has been featured in many major films and TV shows, so you may recognise some of the filming locations. The port city of Antwerp has a traditional Flemish look, and was were production of the TV show Cordon was based, as well as Tim Burton movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and the grand Medieval architecture is ideal for historic or fantasy productions. Brussels also attracts lots of period productions, with the Royal Park and Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert used in The Danish Girl.

What can our fixers in Belgium do for you?
Our fixers in Belgium can help you unlock the potential of the country and find all sorts of exciting filming location. We can then arrange for transport and accommodation for cast and crew, and ensure everything is set up ready to film from day one. In general, filming in Brussels and the major urban areas is straightforward, and as it’s a small country there aren’t many places too remote to access. Belgium has a four season climate, with less rain than some of its neighbours, pleasantly warm summers, and lots of snow in winter in the ski areas of the north. Although filming in Belgium is usually straightforward, we offer a wide range of services to support your production, and ensure you have everything you need. To find out more about what we do, drop us a line at info@needafixer.com.

Brussels – From the ultra-modern Brussels Parliament building, to the historic Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert, Brussels has great potential for all sorts of productions.

Antwerp – With Medieval forts and Flemish architecture, Antwerp is a port city that’s well known for being cool and creative. Perhaps the biggest production to date has been Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which made use of the city’s fairy tale look.

Miranda Castle – Based in Namur, this neo-Gothic castle was used in TV series Hannibal, and perfectly captured the spooky vibe of the show.

Frequently Asked Questions


How easy is it to get permits?

Very easy. In most cases, a permit isn’t even required (documentary-style filming on the public space for example). If needed, in situations where filming might cause hindrances like blocking traffic, it can be obtained by sending a detailed application form – including the location, schedule and size of crew – by email to the local authority. The answer usually arrives in two-three weeks, even faster in smaller cities.


Do I need a visa or work permit?

As a member of the European Union, Belgium doesn’t require obtaining a Visa or work permit for fellow European crews. Also, Belgium is in the USA visa waiver program. For more specific informations please check the website below :

http://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/services/travel_to_belgium/visa_for_belgium


Can I hire equipment once there?

Yes. The two main centres of Belgium are Brussels (the capital) and Antwerp (2nd biggest city in the country). Both have excellent equipment renting facilities like Eye-Lite, KGS or LaFabrique (for photo equipment).


What is the climate like?

Famously wet and cloudy. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have sunshine weeks or even snow in winter. Being a small sea-side country, Belgium has the same maritime conditions as the south of the UK or the north of France.


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