FILMING IN UGANDA
Filming In Uganda just like any other filming Destination requires a Uganda Filming Permit often referred to as a Press Accreditation issued in form of a Media Card that allows foreign film crews, Journalists (Company employed or Freelance) to carry on with any activities of Filming In Uganda. The process and procedures for applying for Filming permits In Uganda (Press Accreditations & other relevant Permissions) can be tiresome without the help of a professional Film Crew Fixing company like Realm Africa Safaris™. All Uganda Filming Permits are issued by the Uganda Media Council – a body mandated by the Ugandan government to oversee all issuance of valid Filming permits for Filming In Uganda.
Realm Africa Safaris™ can assist you in completing the mandatory Uganda Filming application form (FORM G), putting together all information needed and then submitting it to Realm Africa Safaris™ who will inturn forward your application to the Uganda Media Council for approval.
Once APPROVED by the Media Council, an Identification card dubbed “Media Card ” will be issued indicating the Full Names of your Film Crew member, with his or her photo appearing on their media Card. Press Accreditation to film in Uganda is usually valid for a period between 1 Month (30 days) to 1 year (365 days). Press accreditation valid for 1 Month costs USD175, and USD225 for 01 year unless exceptions are made by the Media Council (….all at their discretion).
For all Filming Crews and Production Companies, we recommend that you allow ample time to the process of application, and acquiring all your Uganda Filming Permits (Press Accreditations, media cards, and Location Permissions). If you have limited time, a rushed last-minute permit might be possible however, the costs are much higher.
OTHER PERMISSIONS FOR FILMING IN UGANDA
Once we have obtained your Press Accreditaion form the Uganda Media Council, there may be other permissions needed. Permission to film inside Uganda’s National Park(s) or Conservation Area, drone filming and night filming. It is important to bear in mind that Uganda is a developing country, one with many rules and regulations and therefore it is important to be properly guided through bureaucratic processes.
Various Film/Video Fees apply for filming within National Parks, Wildlife Areas, and Conservation Areas. National Parks and Conservation areas have fees specific to film crews that are subject to change regularly. Refer to Uganda Wildlife Authority Website for up-to-date Filming fees/charges.
Depending on where you want to go filming In Uganda, there will probably be filming fees for the area. Filming fees are a huge factor in any filming project budget, therefore, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
IMPORTING YOUR FILMING EQUIPMENT FOR FILMING IN UGANDA
Considering that Uganda is the filming destination of your choice, you will most definitely need to bring in filming equipment. The best way to do this is by air. We recommend that you plan to accompany your filming equipment all the way to your filming destination – in other words, be on the same flight as your equipment. The other option is to air freight it as ‘unaccompanied’ luggage. However, be informed that the option of flying in your equipment ” unaccompanied may turn out all more expensive, and the equipment risks sitting too long at customs port of arrival something that requires you to plan for yet extra days to pick it up from customs.
Temporary importation of film equipment falls under a Bond system in Uganda. You have the option of depositing the full value of the equipment with the Uganda Government for the duration of the shoot. On export, you can apply to get this Bond money refunded.
Otherwise, film crews can pay a non-refundable 10% of the total value of the equipment to a freight agent who will allow you to use his Bond. This is a quicker and easier process. Realm Africa Safaris™ has a reliable and efficient Bond Agent whom we work with on most of our filming projects.
WHAT IS THERE TO FILM IN UGANDA?
There are a couple of interesting things to shoot/film in Uganda.
PREMIER FILMING LOCATIONS IN UGANDA
There are a couple of interesting filming locations in Uganda, however, we will only list the Premier Locations.