Once among SE Asia’s greatest empires, Cambodia has had a turbulent history. Through it all, the Khmer people are always ready to smile and enjoy life. Cambodia is just getting started in the film production services industry. With recent awards on the global festival circuit and a wealth of dedicated talent, it’s easy to see this country’s vast potential.
Mbrella Films has liaison field offices in Phnom Penh, and we can help set up your production anywhere in this lovely country. Feel free to contact us anytime by phone, email or the form below with any inquiries. In this article, we’ll go into further detail about what makes the country of Cambodia such a special cinematic treasure.
Cambodia is relatively new to the global film industry, but that has not stopped it from catching up quickly. Production houses in Cambodia generate a variety of screen content. This includes TVC’s, feature films, documentaries, corporate industrials, music videos and more. In the coming year, companies will start to take advantage of tax and filming incentives the government has recently begun to roll out. There is more related industry news expected to surface in 2020, so stay tuned.
Cambodian Filming Locations
Cambodia is a very film-friendly country, with a large variety of undiscovered locations that have yet to grace the silver screen. The majority of production work takes place in 2 areas: the cities of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
Siem Reap is the 2nd largest city in Cambodia and home to the vast archaeological site of Angkor Wat. However, calling Siem Riep a city would be an overstatement as it feels more like a large town. Continually sought out by a seemingly endless stream of tourist visitors, the scenery and atmosphere make for some of the most engaging documentary subject matter. Shooting inside Angkor Wat is a regular occurrence. Our producer here is able to easily arrange permits and all other logistics for this.
Phnom Penh is the largest city of Cambodia and also the country’s bustling centralized capital. Here both narrative filmmakers and documentarians can find a variety of engaging subject matter for their next project. This city is developing quickly, with an influx of Chinese investment and rapid technological progress. Everything a filmmaker could need is on hand in this metropolis. This includes riverwalks, temples, palaces, casinos, monuments and glittering brand new skyscrapers displaying light shows every night of the week.
In Cambodia’s south is the famous beach town of Sihanoukville. Here you will find a mix of new infrastructure and sleepy beaches. This area makes for great shooting in a tropical setting while remaining well within reach of modern support for your production. Also nearby is the even more relaxed coastal town of Kep and the meandering river town of Kampot, popular with ex-pats from all over the world.
Crews in Cambodia are efficient and regularly shoot for visiting foreign productions. It is very common to use local producers, assistant directors, and technical crew, as a large swathe of the Cambodian population speaks fluent English as well as French. Many are adept in Mandarin as well, and Chinese productions often shoot here. Whether your project needs to hire a local director, line producer, or grip lead, it can be done and well within budget.
If you are looking for camera, lighting, and sound equipment, you will find all of the major brands in Phnom Penh. This includes ARRI, RED, Sony, full HMI lighting, grip packages and more. For post-production, mixing studios and editing suites are available for rental and have some of the latest generation technology to help dial in your final cut.
Mbrella’s team of producers would love to help you with film production services in Cambodia. Please do contact us with any questions and we can set you up with a quotation.