FILM & MEDIA FIXER SERVICE
Reporting or filming in Bhutan can be a major source of pain. So painful only a handful of reporters and filmmakers have made it so far. Fortunately for you, we make it easy. Bhutan Spicy Shangri-La is the only tour company in Bhutan which offers professional fixer service, from permits to transport to interview appointments, to finding local actors and crew. So if you are a print or TV reporter looking to file stories from Bhutan? If you are a filmmaker looking to shoot documentaries or feature films in Bhutan— you have come to the right place.
WHY COME THROUGH A TOUR OPERATOR?
Great question. All foreign press or filmmakers wishing to cover stories from Bhutan, or do a documentary or film, are mandated by the Government of Bhutan to enter the country via a licensed local tour company paying the required minimum daily fee of USD 250 (peak season) or USD 200 (non-peak season), just like its regular tourists. More On Tariff. The daily fee covers your meals, transportation, accommodations, a driver and tour guide. Payment to your fixer is separate.
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM SCHOOL ALUM
Our Fixer Service Department is led by one of Bhutan Spicy Shangri-La founders—Kencho Wangdi—a Columbia Journalism School Alum, a former reporter and editor of the national newspaper of Bhutan, Kuensel, and later the country’s private daily- The Journalist. Kencho Wangdi also makes TV ads, documentaries and feature films via his independent film company—Mediamax Pictures.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
We are not parish priests but we get things done— safely. We also enjoy working with people and brands that share our respect for local customs and passion for the environment, and story telling, of course. This is what we provide:
- Visa & permits
- Story ideas & research
- Cultural & contextual support
- Transportation & accommodation
- Scouting & location management
- Consultative with images & reports
- Accompanied scouting trip service
- Local casting
- Local crew
- Equipment hire
- Budget estimate consultation
MAURYA GAUTAM – Al Jazeera
Kencho (of Bhutan Spicy Shangri-La) is a fabulous fixer and I have nothing but positive things to write about his work ethic and professionalism. Without his help, contacts and resourcefulness our coverage would not have been possible. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a fixer/producer for any story out of Bhutan and surrounding areas.