Kenya's Filming Requirements
Last update on 15.12.22
Kenya offers immense opportunities for a filmmaker seeking the perfect filming location, making it the perfect cinematic setting for a range of productions. The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) is working to see that the film industry is recognized as a potential employer and a main contributor to the economic growth of the country.
How To Succesfully Film in Kenya
1. Get Filming Permit
In order to obtain a Filming Permit, write a letter requesting for the permit, fill an application form and submit it to our offices accompanied by the following documents:
a) A synopsis and screenplay for applications for shortfilms, TV series, and full length feature film.
b) A synopsis, screenplay, treatment, script outline, running order or storyboard for applications for documentary, TVC/ advertisement, music video, corporate video, infomercial, travelogue, docudrama, testimonial, feature etc.
Filming permits for TV Series and full-length feature films are processed within 48 hours upon receipt of a complete application whereas permits for short productions are processed within 10-25 minutes.
2. Pay Import Duty
A nominal and non-refundable import charge is levied on the imported film equipment per consignment, payable to Kenya Revenue Authority.
3. Clear Immigration Requirements
International filmmakers intending to undertake filming activities in Kenya are required to obtain Special Passes from the Department of Immigration Services.
4. Find Local Film Agent
All expatriate filmmakers MUST be facilitated by a Local Film Agent. In this regard, a Directory of Accredited Local Film Agents, who will facilitate location scouting, transport, hotel reservation, film licenses, shipping etc. can be obtained from the Film Licensing Officer on request or download here.
5. Kenya Wildlife Services (If Needed)
Filming in National Parks and National Reserves attracts charges from the Kenya Wildlife Services. Visit KWS Website for more information.
6. Pay Filming Fee (In Kshs)
(i) Documentaries; short dramas; short features ……5,000.00
(ii) Full-length feature film; TV Series……15,000.00
(iii) Filming fees per day………………1,000.00
(iv) Film Agent Registration……………….12,000.00
(v) Annual Film Agent renewal …………….12,000.00
The most commonly asked questions about filming in Kenya