Filming in Malindi Town
Details on filming in Malindi town. Malindi town is located in Malindi bay and is situated at the mouth of Sabaki River on the Indian Ocean. The town is a tropical that has several beaches and resorts. The history of this town indicates that this was a town of the Swahili people and the Swahili acted as middlemen for Indian traders. That is how it grew and in the 9th century, the Malindi kingdom was established. The town has a Malindi museum that showcases the history of Malindi. In addition to this are the Gede ruins that are close to the town. The ruins were a town that was founded in the 12th century and later abandoned in the 17th century leaving the ruins. Malindi town has a lot to offer and to be filmed.
Requirements for filming in Malindi town
Like filming in other areas in Kenya, you will need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film in Malindi town. In order to obtain a Filming Permit, one must write a letter requesting the permit and fill out an application form which must be accompanied by a copy of the screenplay, a story synopsis, and a shooting schedule. These should then be sent to the Film Licensing Officer, Kenya Film Commission. Filming permits 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 Film crew fixers 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 this place.
Kenya Filming Fees
a) 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)
b) 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 paperwork 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 as below;
All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by the Kenya Film Commission to be allowed to film. 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 usually takes 2-3 working days to have these film licenses ready.
You will need to purchase a tourist visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Kenya which can be done online. However, visa’s can also be easily obtained upon arrival at any entry point and in this case Nairobi International Airport upon paying either USD51.00 for Tourist Visa you will be able to get it immediately.
Vehicle Hire Services
Film Crew Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film in Kenya 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 traveled. We also organize both charter and scheduled air transport for those that need to fly in order to reduce the number of hours.
Fixers in Kenya to help you film in Malindi town
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 the ground. These act as intermediaries between you and our office while on-location filming.
Where to stay when filming in Malindi Town
Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during filming in Malindi town 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. Options include sandies tropical village, oasis village malindi among others.
How to get there
You can fly to Malindi airport and head to the town or you can fly into Mombasa and then drive to Malindi.
What is the best time to film in Malindi Town?
Filming in the town 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 Film crew fixers to film in Malindi town.
Film crew Fixers is a local fixer company based in Africa, 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 Kenya.