Foreign productions are still relatively new in Taiwan. However, the country is gradually seeing a growth in the industry. Filming in Taiwan is certainly something foreign producers should consider given the numerous options our country offers in a relatively small territory.
Our tropical island has hosted a good number of noteworthy projects in recent years. With new government incentive for international projects, in the coming years, filming in Taiwan might catch on a bit faster than many would expect.
Film Permits in Taiwan
Rules regarding permits processing in Taiwan vary from one location to the other and on the scale of your project. Small scale projects like B-roll filming do not require any special permits. However, there are exceptions such as public landmarks or national parks where written approvals might be needed.
Bigger projects that require public spaces to be shut down will also require a permit from local authorities. Getting a film permit can take from about 2 weeks to a month. Our production fixer in Taipei recommends at least 30 days for this process to be on the safe side.
There are strict rules and restrictions for drone filming. The easiest way to sort drone shooting is by hiring a local operator.
Get in touch with us if you need information about specific filming locations in Taipei or anywhere else in Taiwan.
Access for Foreign Journalists
For years, Taiwan has been in the shadow of big Asian neighbors like China and Hong Kong as far as journalism is concerned. However, things are gradually turning around and the country is opening up to foreign journalists.
Taiwan ranks 42nd in Journalism Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index close to countries like the US and Italy. While there is still room for improvement, Taiwan is certainly ore open to foreign journalists than most of its Asian neighbours.
The Taiwanese government openly supports and assists shoots that will promote the filming industry in Taiwan. The government offers grants for foreign co-productions in Taiwan.