Filming in Kisumu Kenya’s third Largest City

Filming in Kisumu Kenya’s third largest city

Filming in Kisumu Kenya’s third largest city. Kisumu is Kenya’s third largest city located on the shores of Lake Victoria home to wide streets and fine colonial architecture. Kisumu offers many items to include in the series for your shoot ranging from life in the urban centre to wildlife. You will also have an opportunity to film fishing villages along Lake Victoria towards the broad waters of Homa Bay and wildlife in Ruma National Park

It is also home to Kisumu Impala Sanctuary a walking sanctuary and holding area for animals which require special protection in this densely populated area. Herds of impalas and zebras roam freely in the sanctuary. Other animals include lions, leopard, cheetahs, baboons, hyena, jackals, bush duikers, bush buck and buffaloes.

Requirements to film in Kisumu

You need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film in Kisumu. 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 in Kisumu. 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.

Filming fees and costs in Kisumu

The following charges are applied for any filming in Kenya:

  • 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 for Kisumu

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 accommodation, transport and others for a successful shoot in Kisumu as below;

Kenya Press Accreditation

All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by the Kenya Film Commission. 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 in Kenya. 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 in Nairobi

Eco Film Fixers Kenya will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Kisumu 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.

Local Film Fixers in Nairobi to help film in Kisumu

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 in Kenya. Contact us here t help you get a film fixer in Kenya to help you film in Kisumu.

Accommodation

Lodge options to stay in during filming Kisumu Kenya third Largest City in Kenya 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 details.

What is the best time to film in Kisumu?

Filming in Kisumu is done throughout the year and the best time is during the months of December to March and then June to October which is relatively dry than March to May and November. January to March is hot and dry, April to June is hot and wet and July to October is very warm and wet.

Why use Eco Film Fixers Kenya to film in Kisumu.

Eco Film Fixers Kenya, we assist filming companies and Production agencies in Kenya and East Africa (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Congo 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 Kisumu.