Filming In Israel

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Israel has long been used as a location for filming biblical epics, especially around the Holy Land where you’ll find vast deserts and ancient architecture. The capital of Tel Aviv is modern and high rise, while smaller cities such as Haifa are more traditional. With long stretches of pretty coast and dramatic desert landscapes, the country is often used as a stand in for other Middle Eastern locations where filming might not be possible.

  • Filming in Israel
  • Fixers in Israel
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It’s usually straightforward to get permits to film in Israel, and as long as you’re not filming near a military base, it’ll take no more than a couple of weeks. Visas can be trickier, however. Depending on your nationality it can either be a quick process or one that takes a while. If you’ve visited a Muslim country and had your passport stamped, this can also delay entering the country. Fortunately, NEEDaFIXER ISRAEL can advise on the paperwork your cast and crew will need, ensuring that you can start the production on time.

NEEDaFIXER has an extensive network of contacts who work in the film industry, and can provide a full or partial crew for your production. You may need camera operators or sound technicians, producers and directors, or runners and hair and makeup specialists. Whatever your requirements, we can arrange for them to be at the set, ready to film on the day. Because Israel is an Arri based country, you may want Panavision equipment imported for your production. We can ensure all the equipment you need is ready to go, and can even provide drones for dramatic shots.

If you are filming in Israel and need a cast, we can put together information on suitable actors, including showreels. This allows you to make casting decisions before you even arrive and means you can choose between a diverse range of actors.

Israel has long been a popular filming location and is often a stand-in for surrounding countries where filming might not be possible. NEEDaFIXER ISRAEL has excellent local knowledge and can help you pick locations that are safe and suitable for your production. Major movie productions such as Rambo III and Not Without My Daughter were filmed in the country, while TV shows such as Homeland and Tyrant have recently used various locations around Israel.

Tel Aviv has been host to a diverse range of film productions. In TV show Homeland, a market in Tel Aviv was turned into a Beirut bazaar, and the city was used in movies such as Batman Forever and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. The Kfar Sava region in the north looks quite traditional, with palm trees and red roofed houses, and it was the backdrop for TV show Tyrant, representing a fictional Middle Eastern country. Rambo III was set mostly in Afghanistan but used filming locations across Israel, including the pretty ancient city of Jaffa.

What can our fixers in Israel do for you?
NEEDaFIXER ISRAEL has excellent local knowledge and can find suitable filming locations for all sorts of productions. Safety and security is important, and if your first choice of location isn’t suitable, then we can find an alternative. We can help you obtain the right permits and visas to keep things on schedule and take care of logistics such as booking accommodation and sorting out transport to even the most remote areas. Israel has its own exciting domestic film industry which produces all sorts of movies and TV shows, including animation, so there are lots of facilities that you can take advantage of when you film here. If you’d like to find out how we can help with your production in Israel, contact us today: [email protected]

  • Tel Aviv – The city has a mixture of modern and traditional filming locations, allowing for a wide range of productions to take place. Movies filmed here include The Debt, and the city was used to film TV shows Homeland and Tyrant.
  • Jaffa – This ancient city makes up the southern area of Tel Aviv and has beautiful beaches and palm tree lined streets. It was seen in the movie Rambo III and TV mini-series The Promise.
  • Eilat – Set on the Red Sea, this modern port town is surrounded by mountains. It was used as a location for Rambo III and several episodes of Canadian TV show Sweating Bullets. It’s also a popular filming location for many domestic movies.

Frequently Asked Questions


I want to shoot, but how easy is it to get permits for filming and fixers in Israel?
Pretty easy, but please bear in mind filming near military bases can be tricky, but can be done with enough notice. The average wait time of a visa can be two weeks.

Do I need a visa or work permit?
It’s completely dependent on your country of origin and it’s worth contacting your local embassy for more information. It’s also worth noting that if you’re travelling onto a Muslim country, you may wish to not have your passport stamped!

Can I hire equipment once there?
You can indeed, but Israel is purely Arri based, so any Panavision equipment must be brought in from surrounding European countries.

What is the climate like?
Enjoying a comfortable Mediterranean climate, Israel is particularly hot during the months of April through to September. It gets cooler though through the months of March – October.

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