Uganda Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Uganda? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.
Filming in Uganda
For an introduction to shooting in Uganda see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
Uganda Film Locations
Uganda is Africa in miniature. Despite its small size, it is home to one of Africa’s most diverse ranges of African landscapes and wildlife. Film locations include its magnificent mountain ranges, jungle, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, savannas, and traditional villages.
Uganda has hosted films including The Last King of Scotland, Congo, The African Queen, and Queen of Katwe.
Kampala is the capital and main production service centre where crew and equipment are based. Locations of note include Kampala Hindu Temple, Lubiri Palace, Uganda National Mosque, and the Nakasero Market.
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to the Great Apes.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari is home to buffaloes, lions, elephants, and chimpanzees.
Uganda is the source of the Nile River. The spectacular Murchison Falls force the river’s flow through a tight gap known as the Devil’s Cauldron. Murchison Falls National Park is home to elephant, crocodile, giraffe, leopard, buffalo, hippo, and waterbuck.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary has an active breeding programme.
Uganda is home to the highest mountain range in Africa; the Mountains of the Moon in the Rwenzori National Park.
The picturesque Lake Bunyonyi is a great location for bird photography.
Ssese Islands, located in Lake Victoria, are known for their white-sand beaches and relaxed pace of life.
Sipi waterfall is located in Mount Elgon National Park.
Manyattas are interesting traditional villages lived in by the Karamojong people.
Uganda’s agricultural locations include coffee, cotton, tea, and tobacco plantations.
Beautiful tea plantations can be in Fort Portal (5 hours drive west of Kampala) and Jinja (2 hours drive east of Kampala).
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.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Uganda.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
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.
Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.
For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
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 30 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.
e) Completed form.
Visas are required by all nationals. These can be applied for at your closest embassy, or online using the e-Visa system, or on arrival at Entebbe airport. Our local team can provide you with an invitation letter for you and your crew. The tourist visa costs $50.
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:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Down Time. Visit the Great Apes.
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
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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.
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