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Filming with DFDS
We work with news crews, television production companies and students to facilitate filming on our routes.
We do not charge a fee for news and documentaries when the story is about the ferry industry or our services and provided your production crew is fewer than five people. A fee will apply for all other filming, including commercial productions, educational films and student films.
We will not permit filming on board our ships for the following:
Please complete and submit an application form to email@example.com at least ten working days in advance of your proposed date of travel.
Public Liability Insurance
You will need to have Public Liability Insurance for all of your filming. If you are a student you will need your university to cover you on their insurance.
It is not possible to hire a ship for the purpose of filming on board for a prolonged period. All of our ships are employed on our routes serving customers on a daily basis and we do not have the capacity to take a ship out of service to accommodate filming.
Filming at ports
Any filming at ports must be approved by the appropriate port authority and will be subject to completion of the port’s safety and security inductions. A minimum of five working days’ notice is required by all ports to process your filming request.
Port of Dover – Please contact the port’s communications team directly to obtain permission at Helen.Smith@doverport.co.uk or on 01304 240400
Port of Calais – Please contact Isabelle Fauquet at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0033 321 462 910
Port of Tyne – Please contact Lisa Donohoe at Lisa.Donohoe@PortofTyne.co.uk or on 01914 407463
Port of Dunkirk – Please contact Marie-Elizabeth Bogucki on 00 33 28 28 77 63
We will apply a charge for commercial filming on board our ships and, while we will try to accommodate news and current affairs filming where we can, we reserve the right to apply a charge.
Considerations before permission is given include the impact of the filming on our operational teams and customers. The information provided here is a guideline only and filming requests will be considered on individual merit with fees applied based on impacts. Charging for filming allows us to provide a dedicated member of our PR team to accompany you on the day and assist with your filming.
|Eastern Channel||Half day (one round trip)||Full day (more than one round trip)|
|News / documentary / partner organisation with branding offered||£0||£300|
|News / documentary / TV drama / partner organisation / charity / short film no branding offered||£800||£1,400|
|North Sea||Single day onboard||Additional days|
|News / documentary / partner organisation with branding offered||£0||Extra £400 per day|
|News / documentary / TV drama / partner organisation / charity / short film no branding offered||£1,200||Extra £800 per day|
|Feature films||£2,500||Extra £1,000 per day|
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