Filming the Debre Bizen Monastery

The Debre Bizen Monastery sits on a mountain 2450m above sea level. It is the most prominent beacon and symbol of Christianity in Eritrea, wrapped in legend and history.

The Monastery of Debre Bizen was founded by His Holiness Abune Filipos, a student of Abune Tatyos, in 1361 AD. History has it that his shadow allegedly cured three cripples because of his sheer holiness.

Are you a filmmaker and interested in filming the history of the Debre Bizen Monastery contact us here we will help you plan and organize your shoot as you want it.

Debre Bizen Monastery

Requirements to film the Debre Bizen Monastery, Eritrea

You will need to get permission to be allowed to film the Debre Bizen Monastery in Eritrea. Securing a filming permit in Eritrea can be an expensive and time-consuming process so allow plenty of time for us to help you secure the permit for you. Filming in locations is possible in Eritrea given time, money, and the right approach. Contact us here for more information on filming the Debre Bizen Monastery.

Unauthorized filming, photography, or any other recording of government buildings, military installations, and key infrastructures such as airports and border controls is illegal while filming in Eritrea. Penalties may include arrest, fines, and confiscation of your equipment. Please contact us here for more information on filming the Debre Bizen Monastery.

On top of the above, you will need to cover accommodation, Visas and work permits, fixer fees, and transport for a successful shoot of the Debre Bizen Monastery as below;

Eritrea Visa and work permit Advice

You will need to purchase a tourist visa or business visa to allow you entry into Eritrea. You must get a visa from one of the Eritrean diplomatic missions close to you in your country of origin unless you come from one of the visa-exempt countries or countries eligible for a visa on arrival. Proof of yellow fever vaccination and a COVID-19 free certificate may be asked if arriving from affected countries. Visa, work permit, and other entry and exit conditions such as customs and quarantine regulations can change regularly. We advise you to contact your local Eritrean diplomatic mission or us here for the latest travel information to Eritrea.

Eritrea Vehicle Hire Services

Africa Fixers will help organize transport for film crews to film the Debre Bizen Monastery depending on their interest, budget, and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be traveled.

Local Film Fixers in Eritrea to help you film the Debre Bizen Monastery

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Eritrea and are thus conversant with the local situations and can provide relevant information and fix any situation on the ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location. Contact us here if you need a Film fixer in Eritrea.

Where to stay during the filming of the Debre Bizen Monastery

Lodge options to stay in during the filming of the Debre Bizen Monastery range from Budget, and mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Lodge options include Asmara Palace Hotel and Africa Pension among others. Contact us here for booking and reservation details.

What is the best time to film the Debre Bizen Monastery?

Filming the Debre Bizen Monastery is done throughout the year. Eritrea has very good year-round sunny and dry filming conditions.

Why use Africa Fixers?

Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company based in East Africa. We assist filming companies and Production agencies interested in filming in Eritrea. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides based in Eritrea. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are processed in the shortest time possible for a successful shoot in Eritrea. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for the successful filming of the Debre Bizen Monastery.