Lamu Cultural Festival is held on Lamu Island every year in November as a celebration of the past and the future beliefs and traditions of the Lamu community.
Filming the Lamu Cultural Festival will give you an opportunity to shoot events that are designed to encourage local skills or practices that are central to Lamu life these include traditional Swahili poetry, Henna painting and Bao competition.
Requirements to film the Lamu Cultural Festival
You will also need to get a filming permit from Kenya Film Commission for you to be allowed to film the Lamu Cultural Festival. 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 Ltd 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 park
Filming fees and costs for filming the Lamu Cultural Festival
The following charges are applied for any filming the Lamu Cultural Festival:
• 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
a) Filming rates
b) 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.
c) Other charges
On top of the above you will need to cover Press accreditation, accommodation, transport and others for a successful shoot of the Lamu Cultural Festival as below;
All film crew members are by law supposed to be accredited by Kenya Film Commission to be allowed to film the Lamu Cultural Festival. 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.
You will need to purchase the tourist visa. Many film crews prefer obtaining their visas before they come to Kenya but visa’s can be obtained easily 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
Eco Film Fixers will help you organize transport for film crews to film the Lamu Cultural Festival 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.
Fixers in Kenya to help you film the Lamu Cultural Festival
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 the Lamu Cultural Festival.
Where to stay during filming the Lamu Cultural Festival
Lodge and Hotel options to stay in during filming the Lamu Cultural Festival 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.
Why use Eco Film Fixers Ltd to film the Lamu Cultural Festival
Eco Film Fixers is a local fixer company based in Uganda, 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 of the Lamu Cultural Festival.