Filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps

Filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps

Filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps. The Dadaab Refugee Camps are found in the Dadaab complex which has a population of 218,873 registered refugees and asylum seekers as at the end of July 2020. Dadaab refugee complex consists of three camps which include Dagahaley, Ifo and Hagadera. The Dagahaley and Ifo Refugee Camps are located in Lagdera (Dadaab) district while Hagadera is located in the neighboring Fafi district.

The Dadaab Refugee Camps where established to host the refugees fleeing the civil war, drought and famine in southern Somalia. All the three camp are home to inhabitants from Somalia. Are you a journalist, film-maker or a researcher and you are interested in visiting the Dadaab Refugee Camps for filming or shooting a documentary contact us here we will help you secure all the required permission for a successful shoot.

Requirements to film in Dadaab Refugee Camps

For the film makers, you will also need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film in Dadaab Refugee Camps. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting for the permit and fill an application form which must be accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, a story synopsis and a shooting schedule. These should be sent to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Commission. Filming permit for features, documentaries, short films, music videos, corporate videos and commercials are issued within minutes of application. Applications for TV Series and full length feature films are processed in less than 48 hours of application. Contact us at Eco Film Fixers Kenya we will be able to help you process the filming permissions with the Local Authorities in Kenya for you to be able to successfully film in the Dadaab refugee Camps.

Local and foreign journalists are required to obtain accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya.

Local and foreign researchers are required to obtain a research permit from the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation

Upon obtaining one of the above, you will physically take it or email it to the Refugee Affairs Secretariat (RAS) at the Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government, we can help process all this for you. RAS is the government entity in charge of management of refugee camps in Kenya which will issue you with a letter of approval to visit the camps. You will be required to produce a copy to UNHCR upon arrival in the camps. Contact here.

Filming fees and costs for filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps

The following charges are applied for any filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps:

  • Ksh. 8, 000 ($80) for five (5) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
  • Ksh. 12, 000 ($115) for six (6) – ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.
  • Ksh. 20, 000 ($200) for more than ten (10) people for one (1) week or part thereof.

Kenya Filming Fees

Filming rates

  • Adverts, documentaries, dramas, short features; still photographs KSHS 5,000 ($50)
  • Full-length feature films, TV series KSHS 15,000 ($150)
  • Daily filming fees KSHS 1,000 ($10)

Liaison Officer’s service charges

The Ministry charges Ksh. 400 ($5) per day to cover Liaison Officer’s services provided by a government Liaison Officer to be attached to the crew.

Other charges

  • Each visitor is required to pay Ksh. 2,000 ($20) to the Immigration Department for a special pass before engaging in any film shooting. The crew may however, arrive in Kenya on a visitor’s pass while the filming special pass is being processed. We recommend you travel after all the filming paper work has been arranged to avoid inconveniences.
  • For all filming equipment, a nominal non-refundable fee of 1% of the value of the equipment or Ksh 30,000 ($300) whichever is less is payable to the Customs Department on presentation of a film license.

On top of the above you will need to cover Press accreditation, accommodation, transport and others for a successful shoot in Dadaab Refugee Camps as below;

Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Kenya Film Commission to be allowed to film in Dadaab Refugee Camps. Local filming agents and Private production companies or individuals are requested to submit their applications through a local agent registered with the ministry. This requirement is mandatory for all applications to make feature films or documentaries. Each crew member is required to fill a Kenya Film License Form (which we normally send to you) with all details, scan and send it back to us with a copy of his/her passport as well as one photograph to be put on his/her filming license. On top of this, we will need a letter from the filming company detailing who they are, why they are filming, where they will be filming and details of crew members on this shoot. We will attach this letter to all details provided and send them to Kenya Film Commission for film license processing. This takes 2-3 working days to have these film licenses ready.

Vehicle Hire Services

Eco Film Fixers Kenya will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Dadaab Refugee Camps depending on their interest, budget and the nature of roads in such selected locations to film in the park. We recommend Customized 4×4 Land Cruisers which costs from USD200-250 per vehicle per day with Driver/Fixer or 4×4 Safari Vans from USD200 per Van per day with driver/Fixer. For us to estimate how much it will cost in terms of fuel, we will need to look at your filming schedule to establish mileage and distance to be travelled. We also organize both charter and schedule air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce on the number of hours.

Security during your shoot in Dadaab Refugee Camps

For filming in Dadaab refugee camps, security is critical, and it’s advised to have either one or two armed security guards with you for the entire duration of the shoot. You may not know what the situation is around the camp and having security may come in handy if the community gets hostile. Security personnel hired from Kenya Police Service require us to submit in a request and a fee is determined per day per security officer.

Fixers in Kenya to help you film in Dadaab Refugee Camps

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers and most of them have been to almost all parts of Kenya and are thus conversant with the local situations and are able to provide relevant information and fix any situation on ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps.

Where to stay during filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps

Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose what to stay in depending on your interests and budget. Contact us here for booking details.

What is the best time to film in Dadaab Refugee Camps?

Filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps is done all year round and the best time is during the months of December to February and then June to October which is relatively drier than March to May and November.

Why use Eco Film Fixers Kenya to film in Dadaab Refugee Camps

Eco Film Fixers Kenya, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Uganda and East Africa as a whole for the last 8 years. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies to make sure that accreditation and filming permits are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all relevant information you would like to know for successful filming in Dadaab Refugee Camps.