Kenya Film Commission
The first step of the process is to secure a film licence, which is issued by the Film Licencing Officer at the Department of Film Services at the Ministry of Information of Communications. Do not try and phone them – it is futile. Next, it is important to note that NO FOREIGN COMPANIES may submit a Film Licence application without going through a local agent.
The Ministry issues a comprehensive list of local agents – although many of them do not exist any more, or are not legitimate production companies.
Film Fixers works with a core of really good local agents and we have a fantastic relationship with them in this regard. The actual process is quite quick. They promise a 48 hour turn-around, but it can take longer, so build that into the timing. We can speed things up with some calls, but do not rely on that. Documentation required is quite comprehensive, and includes :
- Formal letter of application.
- Application form itself
- List of all foreign crew members, giving names, nationalities, passport numbers and date of expiry of passports.
Script and synopsis or storyboard.
- List of equipment to be imported for shooting purposes, the value of each piece of equipment, etc. This is part of the process, and determines the fee for the equipment. Do not worry, it is not excessive.
There are fees involved (over and above the Agent Fee, which is negotiable depending on their involvement).
- Initial Fee for documentaries, dramas, short features, advertising and stills – Kshs. 5000 (US$50)
- Initial Fee for full length feature film – Kshs. 15,000 (US$150)
- Filming fee per day – Kshs 1000 (US$10)
- Filming Special Pass (per crew member) – US$150
This is a fairly lengthy process, with lots of discussions. Contact Filmfixers can manage all of this on your behalf.