Filming In Turkey

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Featuring ancient ruins, grand castles, beautiful beaches and traditional villages, Turkey is a vibrant and interesting place to film. It’s a country where old and new meet, especially in the colourful capital of Istanbul, where you’ll see skyscrapers and traditional white buildings sharing the skyline.

  • Filming in Turkey
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Turkey has become a popular place to film in recent years, and the country sometimes stands in for Middle Eastern countries where it might not be safe or practical to film. The country is welcoming to foreign film crews, with film permits only taking a couple of weeks, although if you want to film in historic areas then the application will be dealt with by the local government, and it can be a bit more complex. Filming in public areas also requires special permission from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and crew members will need film visas to carry out their work. NEEDaFIXER TURKEY can apply for all permits and chase them up, plus ensure that everyone has the paperwork needed to start production as planned.

Turkey has basic equipment for film crews, and if you are doing anything slightly complex, then NEEDaFIXER TURKEY can arrange for equipment to be imported from neighbouring European countries. We can provide any equipment you need for filming in Turkey, even drones, and can ensure you have the experienced crew on hand, including camera operators, sound technicians and runners. NEEDaFIXER also has an extensive network of contacts in the country and can find directors, producers and even cast members to work on your shoot.The country has become a popular filming location for blockbuster productions, and in recent years in has stood in for Iran in Ben Affleck’s thriller Argo, was a major filming location for Taken 2, and featured in James Bond movie Skyfall. Turkey also has its own thriving domestic film industry, producing a diverse range of movies from action to drama.

The country has become a popular filming location for blockbuster productions, and in recent years in has stood in for Iran in Ben Affleck’s thriller Argo, was a major filming location for Taken 2, and featured in James Bond movie Skyfall. Turkey also has its own thriving domestic film industry, producing a diverse range of movies from action to drama.

NEEDaFIXER TURKEY can find suitable locations across the country to suit your production. You may have a particular location in mind but wonder about the practicalities, or you might need us to scout a location for you. Either way, filming in Turkey allows you to enjoy a huge choice of locations. Istanbul is a particularly popular spot for Hollywood productions, and they love the bustling streets and colourful markets. The capital has most recently been home to crews filming thriller Inferno and critically acclaimed TV show The Night Manager. Coastal locations such as Fethiye look beautiful on film and was recently used in the movie Skyfall, while Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance used the mountainous, semi-arid region of Cappadocia as a dramatic backdrop. 

What can our fixers in Turkey do for you?
Turkey is generally an easy place to film once permits have been sorted out and equipment sourced. That’s why using the services of NEEDaFIXER TURKEY is recommended when you film in the country. The summer months can be overwhelmingly hot, but the spring and autumn seasons are mild and pleasant. Some areas of Turkey can feel a little remote, and because of the language barrier, it can be difficult to arrange accommodation and transport. Our team of fixers make it easy to film wherever you like and can take care of the practicalities, so you have everything you need and can stay on schedule. Simply get in touch today at info@needafixer.com, and we’ll tell you more about our pre-production and production services.

  • Istanbul – Featured in movies such as Argo and Taken 2, Istanbul is a vibrant city full of modern and traditional architecture. There are endless places to film, from lively bazaars to the grand Sirkeci train station, which look great on film.
  • Fethiye – With white sands and bright blue seas, the James Bond movie Skyfall featured scenes filmed on this beautiful stretch of coast.
  • Cappadocia – A semi-arid region with dramatic rocky landscape, Cappadocia welcomed the film crew for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. With an underground city and church, there are some really unique landscapes in this area.

Frequently Asked Questions


I want to shoot, but how easy is it to get permits for filming and fixers in Turkey?
It’s usually very easy, but any historical site has to be processed by the municipality. Typically speaking though, permits usually take two weeks. If you wish to find out about filming at specific historical sites, please do contact us directly.

Do I need a visa or work permit?
You are required to carry a film visa upon your entry into Turkey. If you wish to film in a public area, you’ll need permission from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. If you’re looking to film in a historical location, local directorates will grant permission, which will typically take 10 days.   

Can I hire equipment once there?
Turkey only has very basic equipment, so you would have to import specialist equipment if needed. Thanks to their central location, it’s incredibly easy to import from nearby European countries.  

What is the climate like?
Turkey generally is a very mild country with scorching hot summers between June – September. Winters can be surprisingly cold and wet, particularly in the mountains. If you need near perfect weather, April – May and October – November are the best months to film.

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