Mongolia, the world’s largest landlocked country, is located in East Asia and is bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south. Its vast area is covered by grassy steppes, with mountains to the north and west, and the Gobi Desert to the south. From snow-capped mountains to desert dunes, wide fields of grass to bustling city neighborhoods, Mongolia offers a diverse range of filming locations. Obtaining shoot permits in Mongolia is a straightforward process that typically takes 10–15 days to get approved. Our experienced team at Mbrella Films can get your production up and running quickly and smoothly in Mongolia, with English-speaking producers to assist you throughout the process. Read on to discover more about the excellent locations, equipment, crew, and budget for filming in Mongolia.
Filming Locations in Mongolia
Mongolia boasts a wide range of diverse landscapes, including sprawling deserts, majestic snow-capped mountains, picturesque grass fields, and stunning cityscapes nestled among nature. In addition, some of the local tribes reside in the mountains and other parts of the countryside. Filming in Mongolia can be a dream come true for many productions. Imagine being able to capture both desert and grass fields in the same country – it’s a filmmaker’s paradise.
Ulaanbaatar, the capital and most populous city of Mongolia, is known for its freezing temperatures, being the coldest capital city in the world. The city boasts many buildings with 1940s-1950s-style architecture, as well as numerous statues, monuments, and landmarks throughout the city. Ulaanbaatar offers a versatile filming location for any type of film production, including a romantic-comedy movie.
Ulgii is a city located in the extreme west of Mongolia. The city is largely undeveloped, with many old buildings featuring 1940s-1980s-style architecture. While it may not be suitable for all film productions, for those seeking an undeveloped city, Ulgii could be the perfect location. Additionally, the surrounding landscapes, including arid areas, offer stunning scenery that is well worth featuring in any film production.
The Altai Mountains are a mountain range in Central and East Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan converge. The mountains contain numerous wildlife species, including some local tribes that live in the mountains. Additionally, the picturesque landscapes found in the Altai Mountains are some of the most beautiful you could find in Mongolia.
Bulgan is a town located in the northern part of the country, in the province of the same name. It offers many fascinating sites, including an old military point that has been transformed into a museum. In addition, the town’s valley and grass field landscapes would look amazing in your film.
Khongoryn Els, also known as the “Singing Sands,” gets its name from the strong sound produced by the sand when it’s moved due to winds or small avalanches. This location is home to a vast expanse of sand dunes and would be perfect for any film production looking to capture this kind of landscape.
Film Equipment and Crew in Mongolia
As is the case with many small countries, the equipment available in Mongolia is limited, with only basic cameras and equipment on offer, as well as a limited number of main crew. Most of the specialized and key crew are best brought in from abroad. However, we can assist you with the process of bringing in all the necessary equipment and crew. Mbrella Films can also provide you with diverse producers who have over 10 years of experience in film production, helping to guide you through every step of the production process in Mongolia.
Budget for production in Mongolia
Shooting in Mongolia can save you a lot on your shooting budget as skilled crew is available at a reasonable cost. However, if your production requires bringing in additional crew or equipment, it may increase your budget slightly. Our producers at Mbrella Films will break down your budget and ensure you are informed at every step of the production process. If you are interested in bringing your next film production to Mongolia, please feel free to contact us via the form below at any time.