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Uganda

Uganda Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Uganda? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Uganda? See below for an introduction to Uganda locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Uganda Film Locations 

Uganda is Africa in miniature. It is home to one of Africa’s most diverse ranges of African wildlife. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to the Great Apes. Uganda is the source of the Nile River and is home to the highest mountain range in Africa; the Mountains of the Moon in the Rwenzori National Park. Other locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers are Uganda’s traditional villages, rural areas, estates and colonial houses, the bustling commercial centre of Kampala, lakes, waterfalls, rivers and forests. Agricultural looks include coffee, cotton, tea, and tobacco plantations.

Uganda has hosted films including The Last King of Scotland, The African Queen, and Queen of Katwe.

Uganda Film Location Permits

For location permits most locations are possible given time, money and the right approach. Please contact us for location specific information. Visiting crew may be required to present their Press Accreditation when filming on location. See “Visas & Work Permits” section for more information/

When To Shoot?

Uganda has a wet, tropical climate, with the exception of the far north savanna region which is dry. Uganda’s first dry season runs from December to February. The first wet season runs from March to May. The second dry season runs from June to August and the second wet season runs from September to November. The dry seasons are the best time to film for weather and tracking the Great Apes. Big game wildlife filming is best at the end of the dry seasons, when animals congregate around water sources. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Uganda’s local costs such as talent, supporting crew and locations are inexpensive. Imported goods can be expensive. Since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Kenya is the closest major production centre. Our Ugandan fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Uganda.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. There are very few directors, videographers or stills photographers in Uganda. Most crew must be brought in from abroad. Local supporting crews can help with basic projects. If you need to look further, more experienced crews exist in nearby Kenya.

Contact us if you are looking for a director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Uganda.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. The Ugandan talent pool is limited to African looks. The main ethnic groups are the Bantu, Nilotic and Central-Sudanic people. All other looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Uganda Film Equipment

Equipment. Uganda has all of the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment available locally. Bringing in gear is a simple process. Customs fees are around 10% of the value of imported equipment but our fixer can work out a flat fee. Send us your gear list and we can advise accordingly. Nairobi, Kenya is the closest regional film production centre if you need to bring in gear.

Communication. Slow internet. Our local film fixer organises local cell phones and online communications to help you avoid the high roaming costs of calling to and from Africa.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction are basic and not the main reason film productions visit Uganda.

Studios. Uganda has some studio facilities.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Uganda requires Press Accreditation for each visiting crew member. Once all required visitor documentation is submitted, processing takes 2-3 days. Press accreditation is valid for 60 days. Visitors are required to have this permit at the port of entry, when clearing gear through customs, and when filming anywhere in Uganda. Our fixer can arrange this for all visiting crew members. Press accreditation costs US$175 per person.

What we need from each crew member:

a) Headed cover letter addressed to the Uganda Media Council stating 
the purpose of your visit to Uganda.
b) Scanned photocopies of the passport of each crew member.
c) Scanned passport size photo of each crew member.
d) $175 per crew member press accreditation fee.

Visas are required by all nationals. These can be applied for at the embassy or online using the e-Visa system.

Uganda has an agreement with Kenya and Tanzania to waiver visa re-entry fees if travelling between the three countries.

Similarly, obtaining an East Africa Visa allows travel multiple entry travel between Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. The condition of major roads varies considerably. Rural roads are made of a hard packed earth so when heavy rains come, many become dangerous or impassable. Best to avoid travel by night. Our local Ugandan film fixer organizes safe and reliable 4WD transport. Several international airlines service flights to Kampala.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Kampala include:

Imperial Royale Hotel
Kampala Serena Hotel
Emin Pasha Hotel
Kampala Sheraton Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. See here for vaccinations required for Uganda.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Uganda, please see below:

Hire Uganda Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Uganda, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Uganda, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.