This article focuses on the necessary requirements for filming in Kenya. The requirements mostly apply to foreigners or foreign companies wishing to film in Kenya. Filming permits/ licenses are issued by the Kenya Film Classification Board.
Kenya Film Classification Board is a state corporation mandated by the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of Laws of Kenya to regulate the creation, broadcasting, possession, distribution and exhibition of films in the country.
Requirements For Filming In Kenya
1. License/ Permit
One must write a letter requesting a permit, and fill an application form which should be sent to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Classification Board.
The application form must be accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, a story of synopsis and a shooting schedule.
Filming permits for features, documentaries, short films, music videos, corporate videos, and commercials are issued after a few minutes of application.
Application for TV series and full-length feature films are processed in less than 48 hours of application.
2. Import Duty
A nominal and non-refundable import charge of 1% or Kshs 30,000, whichever is less, is levied on the total quantity of imported items per consignment. (Payable to Kenya Revenue Authority).
There are no restrictions in Kenya on how many expatriate crew members or artists may arrive in Kenya on a visitor’s pass, prior to the filming license being processed. This costs Kshs 15,000 per person and is payable to the Department of Immigration Services.
4. Local Agents
You will be required to have a local film agent who will facilitate location scouting, transport, hotel reservation, film licenses and shipping. A list of accredited local film agents can be obtained from the Film Licensing officer on request.
5. Filming Rates
- Documentaries, short dramas and features will cost Kshs 5,000
- Full length feature film, TV series Kshs 15,000
- Filming fees per day is Kshs 1,000
- The registration fee for filming agents per year is Kshs 12,000
- An annual agency renewal fee of Kshs 12,000
Kenya Film Classification Board Contacts
Headquarters Location: Uchumi House, 15th Floor, Nairobi.
Contacts: 0711 222 204, 0777 753 355