The Islands of The Bahamas: A Cut Above

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The Bahamas Film & Television Commission, a department of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, is your one-stop shop for location recommendations, scouting, local coordination, and talent searches across The Bahamas’ 16 major islands. The BFTC is committed to making the process of filming in The Bahamas seamless and stress-free, while showcasing the country’s extraordinary beauty and biodiversity.

Why Choose The Bahamas?

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    No-fee film permits in as few as seven days

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    2,000+ beautiful beaches

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    Hundreds of off-the-radar film locations

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    Direct airlift from major U.S. cities

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    Experienced technical crews and talent

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Where The Movie Magic Happens

Thunderball (1965)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

The Big Blue (1988)

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Crew (1994)

Where The Movie Magic Happens

Duplicity (2009)

Fresh (2009)

Crazy Love (2010)

Children of God (2010)

Why Did I Get Married Too (2010)

Windjammers (2011)

Where The Movie Magic Happens

Crazy Love (2010)

Children of God (2010)

Beneath the Blue (2010)

Why Did I Get Married Too (2010)

The Other Woman (2014)

Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

All is Lost (2013)

Nicknamed “sleeping beauty,” Rum Cay is an oasis of historical ruins, coral reefs, white-sand beaches, and turquoise surf. 

    An island of monuments, ruins, and rich history, San Salvador is where Columbus made landfall in the New World in 1492.

The gateway to The Bahamas, Nassau & Paradise Island offer the best of all worlds: big city sophistication, stylish mega-resorts, and all the modern-day essentials.

Rumored to have once been a pirate safe house, Ragged Island is a haven for fishermen, boaters, beach lovers, and less than 100 sea-loving islanders.

From a colourful summer regatta featuring Bahamian-made boats to the romance of the country’s oldest church, Long Island has more than its fair share of stunning settings. 

Once a pirate stronghold, this tranquil, off-the-radar island is a natural habitat for land crabs, rock iguanas, and wild goats.

Grand Bahama Island pairs its tropical playground vibe with dozens of ecological and cultural wonders.

Pristine and mostly uninhabited, the southernmost island is a birder’s paradise complete with three national parks and more than 80,000 flamingos.

These two Bahamian beauties offer uniquely picturesque settings, ranging from New England-style architecture to inland blue holes.

Exuma’s world-famous swimming pigs get top billing in this 365-island chain featuring film-friendly sites like Thunderball Grotto.

The inspiration for Hemingway’s “Islands in the Stream,” Bimini captivates creative spirits drawn to its storied history as a Prohibition-era speakeasy and home of the legendary Lost City of Atlantis. 

The boyhood home of Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier, tiny Cat Island is camera-ready with rolling hills, nature trails, and a pink sand beach. 

The Bahamas' largest island has over 180 blue holes, five national parks, and the world's third-largest barrier reef.

Thirty (mostly uninhabited) cays make the Berries a favourite for billfishing, boating, and beach combing – with easy commercial flights in and out of Great Harbour Cay Airport. 



Colonial towns, fishing boats, and a candy-stripe lighthouse are among the Abacos' scene-stealing backdrops.

Peaceful and pristine, Acklins & Crooked Island frame a 500-square-mile lagoon. On land, undisturbed beaches and cotton plantation ruins beckon. 

Inspiration, Island-by-Island

With 16 major islands and countless cays spanning 100,000 square miles of the world's clearest ocean, The Bahamas makes it easy to find a picture-perfect backdrop for every frame.

  • DESTINATION LOGISTICS
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Get expert assistance with flight and on-island logistics from pros with 30+ years of experience – and one goal: to make it easy to film in The Bahamas.
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Apply for your film permit online and receive approval in about one week. We’ll help you arrange helicopter and drone permits, too.

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From casting and catering to lighting and location management, find local crews for your next production in our easy-to-use online guide.

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In The Spotlight

Get to know the Bahamas-based specialists and companies that work behind the scenes to ensure your production runs smoothly from start to finish. 

This is Paradise

An original Bahamian series, This is Paradise, is streaming on Crackle TV. The comedy series comes from creator, Kareem J. Mortimer, who….

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JL Filmworks

This Bahamian-owned lighting and grip operation has been the foundation of countless Bahamian and international productions filmed in The Bahamas.

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Goombay Kids Goes International

Goombay Kids, The Bahamas’ popular television show for children, has gone international. After racking up finalist placements and wins in several….

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This is Paradise

An original Bahamian series, This is Paradise, is streaming on Crackle TV. The comedy series comes from creator, Kareem J. Mortimer, who….

Learn More

JL Filmworks

This Bahamian-owned lighting and grip operation has been the foundation of countless Bahamian and international productions filmed in The Bahamas.

Learn More

Goombay Kids Goes International

Goombay Kids, The Bahamas’ popular television show for children, has gone international. After racking up finalist placements and wins in several….

Learn More

This is Paradise

An original Bahamian series, This is Paradise, is streaming on Crackle TV. The comedy series comes from creator, Kareem J. Mortimer, who….

Learn More

JL Filmworks

This Bahamian-owned lighting and grip operation has been the foundation of countless Bahamian and international productions filmed in The Bahamas.

Learn More

Goombay Kids Goes International

Goombay Kids, The Bahamas’ popular television show for children, has gone international. After racking up finalist placements and wins in several….

Learn More

This is Paradise

An original Bahamian series, This is Paradise, is streaming on Crackle TV. The comedy series comes from creator, Kareem J. Mortimer, who….

Learn More

JL Filmworks

This Bahamian-owned lighting and grip operation has been the foundation of countless Bahamian and international productions filmed in The Bahamas.

Learn More

Goombay Kids Goes International

Goombay Kids, The Bahamas’ popular television show for children, has gone international. After racking up finalist placements and wins in several….

Learn More

This is Paradise

An original Bahamian series, This is Paradise, is streaming on Crackle TV. The comedy series comes from creator, Kareem J. Mortimer, who….

Learn More

JL Filmworks

This Bahamian-owned lighting and grip operation has been the foundation of countless Bahamian and international productions filmed in The Bahamas.

Learn More

Goombay Kids Goes International

Goombay Kids, The Bahamas’ popular television show for children, has gone international. After racking up finalist placements and wins in several….

Learn More
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Words From The Set

“Filmmaking is very challenging when you are on location anywhere, but The Bahamas, in collaboration with The Bahamas Film Commission, offered such a seamless experience that we genuinely relished the process.”
Derek Lee Nixon/ Aristar Films
“I always have fantastic success with the Bahamas Film Commission. No matter what the job, they have been a valuable resource in helping me get permission to film on the Islands. Not only that, but they have been a valuable resource in locating individual crew to help with the filming and help secure locations to film. The customs and immigration process has always been smooth with their guidance and many times there is someone at the airport to greet us and make sure we have everything we need to showcase the beautiful people and beautiful Islands of The Bahamas. ”
Smithy Sipes—Director and Executive Producer
“I had the pleasure to work on many film projects in Nassau, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma & Long Island. The endless-breathtaking vistas, and genuine kindness of the Bahamian people always bring me back, but the Ministry of Tourism graciously lends a hand in making every filming experience a smooth and enjoyable one. It is a one-stop experience, from sharing stunning locations, to assisting in all aspects of your filming needs. May everyone be so lucky to visit the Islands of The Bahamas…even for work, it seems like a vacation!”
Kimberly Haggerty, Producer/Production Manager, Miami/Caribbean
“We have had such an incredible, seamless experience. From the moment when we needed locations, (the Film Commissioner) was there. His team was there, suggesting locations that were specific to the script, specific to the story, connecting us with resorts, very influential when it comes to that, as well as other aspects. It’s a foreign country. You have to go through Customs. They were very helpful.”
Deji LaRay, Midnight Train Productions