Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions about filming in Russia.
Working for many years in the Russian filming market brought us to the fact that there’s a list of things that almost every crew needs to know. For further information please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- RUSSIAN VISA AND CUSTOMS
- FILMING IN SAINT PETERSBURG. PERMITS.
- ACCOMODATION AND TRANSPORT IN SAINT PETERSBURG
- FILMING IN OTHER RUSSIAN CITIES
1. RUSSIAN VISA AND CUSTOMS
2. FILMING IN SAINT PETERSBURG. PERMITS.
For filming at the streets of Saint Petersburg small filming crews (Less than 5 people) don’t need a special permit.
IMPORTANT! Filming crews bigger than 5 people need to apply for a filming permit to the Committee of Culture of St Petersburg. The procedure of getting such a permit takes 15-20 working days, depending on the complexity of the filming.
IMPORTANT! In Saint Petersburg there’s a list of places restricted for filming – areas near to factories, ports, military objects, privately owned locations, etc. Please check your filming plan or send us a list of filming locations you plan to use.
For filming inside any museum, palace or mansion you need to get a permit. During the high season (from May to August) many museums are not filming friendly, as they have crowds of tourists inside.
We should apply for a filming permit at least 10 days before the filming date.
IMPORTANT! Applying for a filming permit doesn’t guarantee you access to the palace or museum. The authorities will consider your request and will give you an answer.
For filming at the Pulkovo airport or in the area around the airport you need to apply for a permit from the airport authorities. Due to airport security requirements you’ll have to provide a complete list of the equipments you plan to use (including model names and serial numbers) and a list of the crew members involved into the filming.
IMPORTANT! This is a paid permit. The price depends on the area of the airport where you plan to film and on the quantity of time needed for your filming. We should apply for such a permit at least 10 days before the filming date.
The metro of Saint Petersburg is the deepest in the world and it’s considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. As a heavy heritage of the USSR, in our city metro is still considered to be a strategic object (It’s a huge bombshelter for all the population of the city), filming there is strictly banned.
IMPORTANT! This is a paid permit. The price depends on the amount of time needed for your filming and on the exact hour. We should apply for such a permit at least 15 days before the filming.
For getting a filming permit from the metro authorities we’ll need a complete list of the equipments you plan to use (including model names and serial numbers), a list of the crew members involved into the filming, the exact stations and the exact date and time of filming.
EVEN MORE IMPORTANT! Applying for a filming permit doesn’t guarantee you access to the metro. The authorities will consider your request and will give you an answer.
Without a permit – no. Filming inside public transport has to be approved by the city authorities.
We recommend to apply for such a permit 10 days before the filming date.
There’s no fixed fee for most part of the permits. The authorities responsible for the permits giving procedure will consider your request and will give their decission about the filming possibility and the price.
3. ACCOMODATION AND TRANSPORT IN SAINT PETERSBURG
In the European part of Russia it only depends on your budget. In some remote areas like lake Baikal or Yakutia – we will give you an advice where to stay and will make the reservation. We can send you a list of hotel where we recomend to stay. Our recomendations are always based on your filming itinerary. Traffic in the city is horrible, but choosing a hotel in a good place may save you some hours daily.
Yes, with great pleasure.
Saint Petersburg Production Team works only with drivers who have filming experience (they know how to behave during a filming). We can provide you vans for 8, 12 or 20 seats, buses for 25-40 seats or regular cars with a driver.
4. FILMING IN OTHER RUSSIAN CITIES
Yes, our company has a branch in Moscow. We will be really glad to help you in organizing your filming there. Keep in mind that for filming in Moscow it is much harder to get filming permits, especially if you plan to film the key landmarks like Red Square, St. Basil’s cathedral, etc.
We can help you organizing your filming throughout Russia.
Fixers in Vladivostok and in Irkutsk are availible 24/7.
No, there are none. It’s a myth. People at the streets are not playing balalaikas!
Still, if you need one – we can hire one for your filming and to place him where you want him to be.
5.2How cold it gets in Russia? Is it possible to film?
Our coldest filming was with -42 C. Filming is possible but it’s very hard for everyone. Grab 5 times more batteries than you planned. Pur fixers will take care of the rest.