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Filming in the U.S. Virgin Islands is one unbelievable shot after another. You’ll find a diversity of locations from rural farmland, lush rain forest and rolling hills to quaint European towns, cosmopolitan settings and colorful Caribbean architecture. Not to mention picturesque beaches. You will find a mosaic of people reflective of not only our heritage, but that of the crossroads of the Caribbean; which makes for convenient casting.
Most importantly, you’ll also find an experienced film community with English-speaking crews and the convenience of U.S. currency.
Our commercial and film credits are too long to list in entirety, with most ad agencies, production companies and studios having worked here at some point or another.
Why leave America to film in the Caribbean! The USVI is the only location in the West Indies where the American flag is flown, official language is English and everyone has the “right to work”. Plus, no visas or passports for U.S. citizens.
Choose from three main islands: St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. Water Island, a fourth secluded inhabited cay is part of the St. Thomas – St. John district. And there are countless outer islands. Each island has its own character and unique locations. Scout within an hour by helicopter. Shoot a sunrise and a sunset in a single day. And what’s more, the average temperature is 80°F (27°C). The water in winter, 77°F (25°C)!
The USVI is very intriguing. For example we drive on the left in right-hand drive cars (steering wheel on left as those in America). Our heritage and history are rich and culture is as flavorful as it is colorful. As a filmmaker you can enjoy these unique characteristics with the familiarity of the US mainland. We do ask you to be sensitive to local customs, culture and the environment of certain locations.
The USVI Film Office, created in 1973, is one of the oldest film commissions in America, a founding member of the AFCI and the first in the Caribbean. We’re here to do as much or as little as you ask. Without the long-term experience of the USVI Film Office, projects may pay more, waste time and miss out on insiders’ knowledge. The more information you provide, the better we can assist you with your production needs and budget.