Filming In Lebanon


From the stylish city of Beirut, which overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, to the Roman ruins of Baalbek and long stretches of sandy coast, Lebanon has many visually striking places to film. This welcoming country has a small but up and coming film industry and is becoming a more popular place for foreign production.

Some of Our Filming Work in Lebanon

Filming in Lebanon

Getting permits to film is rarely an issue in Lebanon, and unless you want to shut down streets, then you’re very likely to be quickly approved for a permit. Work visas aren’t usually required either. If you contact NEEDaFIXER LEBANON, then we will be able to advise what kind of paperwork might need to be done.

Lebanon has lots of filming equipment, especially Technocrane, and NEEDaFIXER LEBANON will be able to ensure you have everything you need to keep your production on track. If you need crew, from directors to runners, or technical experts, then we can ensure they are at your filming location and ready to work when you need them. Because Lebanon isn’t a very diverse country, you may struggle to find non-Middle Eastern cast members, but we can help find local talent that meets your specific requirements and send over showreels for your consideration.

Filming in Lebanon means you may come across a language barrier, with most citizens speaking Arabic and French. That’s why it’s worth using our fixing services to sort out logistics such as transport and accommodation and to liaise with the local crew.

Lebanon offers a huge variety of filming locations. Whether you want snow-topped mountains, a modern high-rise city or a spectacular coastline as your backdrop. Some major productions in the country have included The Man with the Golden Gun, which has scenes in Beirut, and Ben-Hur, which used Tyre as a backdrop for the chariot race scene. More recently, parts of the thriller Syriana and the comedy movie Brüno were filmed in the country. Because Lebanon is potentially safer than some of its neighbours, it could be used as a stand-in for other Arabic countries.

Fixers in Lebanon

The team at NEEDaFIXER LEBANON can help with many aspects of pre-production and production in Lebanon. We can help find the perfect filming location, whether it’s in the more modern areas of Beirut or out in the mountains.

Lebanon’s second-largest city of Tripoli has lots of potential places to film, and it is a bustling city set on a steep slope towards the Mediterranean Sea. This city is also on the coast, and not far from the crowded areas you’ll find long, unspoilt stretches of beach that would be ideal for filming.

Lebanon has a growing domestic film industry and hosts events such as the Banff Mountain Film Festival Lebanon, which showcases local talent. With a handful of large film studios such as Studiovision in and around Beirut, the local industry looks set to grow.

What can our fixers in Lebanon do for you?

Our team of fixers in Lebanon make it easy to film in the country and unlock the full potential of the area. We can advise on any safety issues and offer alternatives if the places you choose aren’t available.

Although it’s easy to get filming permits in Lebanon, in certain areas you may need security escorts, so we would arrange for them to escort your cast and crew. We have extensive contacts in Lebanon, so whether you’re filming a commercial, music video, film or TV show, we can make the entire process so much easier. By letting us handle logistics such as transport and accommodation, you can focus on the creative side of filming.

Popular Filming Locations


A cosmopolitan city full of culture and sleek, contemporary buildings as well as beautifully preserved historic sites. Beirut has been used as the setting for many domestic films and TV shows as well as major international productions.

It’s also a city that has modern facilities such as banks, so shooting a contemporary film here will be a wonderful experience.


Featuring colourful souks, ancient ruins and a pretty harbour, Tyre is a versatile filming location. The chariot race scene in Ben Hur was filmed at the ancient hippodrome.

Tyre is also one of the oldest cities in history, which means there’s plenty of history, which makes it the perfect backdrop for war films, documentaries and much more.


Featuring spectacular Greek and Roman ruins, such as huge stone columns, Baalbak would be perfect as an ancient town.

  • Tyre – Featuring colourful souks, ancient ruins and a pretty harbour, Tyre is a versatile filming location. The chariot race scene in Ben Hur was filmed at the ancient hippodrome.
  • Baalbak – Featuring spectacular Greek and Roman ruins, such as huge stone columns, Baalbak would be perfect as an ancient town.

Frequently Asked Questions

How easy is it to get permits?
It’s incredibly easy to get a permit in Lebanon and you’re pretty much free to shoot anything you wish thanks to their liberal rules. Typically it takes a week to grant a visa, especially if you wish to shut down streets to film

Do I need a visa or work permit?
You will need to obtain a filming permit, but it’s a relatively easy process. Lebanon is open to production crews, so you won’t need to jump through hoops. In some cases, you can get a permit within 30 minutes if you have a letter detailing your production.

Can I hire equipment once there?
There is plenty of equipment available, including cameras, lighting and other vital tools you need. Our team of fixers can contact Lebanese agencies on your behalf, ensuring that you’ll have all of the equipment.

What is the climate like?
Lebanon has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. If you’re shooting in summer, then make sure your team members are prepared for the heat.


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