Film Permits in Nepal

ARTICLE BY NEPAL FILM PRODUCTION TEAM

Do you have crazy ideas that you want to bring into reality? 

Do you want to make it close to nature and culture? 

Are you thinking about filming in Nepal?

If you are then you definitely need to know about filming/film permits in Nepal. 

Filming in Nepal like any other country requires permits and licenses. 

Film permits are applicable for every film production activity that takes place in Nepal.

Filming in Nepal basically needs filming permits but you will need different permits for special locations, private properties, national parks, higher region, and heritage locations, which Nepal Film Production facilitates and inherits on your behalf.

The process and procedures are hectic to perform and even confusing without prior experience. 

We will make sure that all the requirements and information are passed through to our clients as we believe in clarity and have strong morals and principles for pre-production based financial agreements.

Different Film Permits in Nepal

There are different filming permits in Nepal which provide you access to film generally or film at different locations.

Here is a list of common filming permits you require while in Nepal.  

● Nepal Filming Permit (mandatory):

This is a one-time permit, which is mandatory regardless of wherever you are filming in Nepal. This permit is issued by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

● National Parks Filming Permit:

You can also film in national parks and conservation areas of Nepal, which provide excellent background but this requires a separate filming permit, with charges levied for the location. This requires authority from the Ministry of Information & communication and from authorities of National Park as well. 

● Heritage Areas Filming Permit:

Nepal is rich in architecture and cultural heritages, like temples, gumba, Durbar Square, some of which are also listed in the World Heritage sites. 

These areas are considered sensitive and filming in heritage sites in Nepal requires permission from the municipality or district office. The permits are liable to terminate if any unauthorized activities or harm is caused to the cultural heritage. The script and purpose of the location need to be clarified if questioned by the district office and the Ministry of Heritage & Maintenance.

● Public Area Filming Permit:

The Public Area Filming Permit is issued and endorsed by the local police authority. Most of the public places in Nepal are available for filming if it does not hamper the flow of movement or cause any harm to the public. The Ministry of Information and communication in coordination with the regional police authority works to prevent any unwanted event or reaction from the public

● Private Property Filming Permit:

There are a lot of private properties available for filming in Nepal. Properties like hotels, cafes, houses, halls, etc. require a filming permit, which can be obtained from the owner themselves. 

● Drone and Air Permits:

Aerial Filming needs coordination from the Ministry of Information & Communication, Home Ministry, Ministry of Defence and National Aviation Authority. The reason why this is so sensitive is that drones’ signals can interfere and mess with the signals of planes and helicopters so coordination is completely necessary.

Aerial Permits need approval from all the ministries and they all appoint a liaison officer from each ministry listed above for supervision.

Documents You Required for Getting Film Permits in Nepal:

Before you apply for a film permits in Nepal or fill in the application form there are certain documents you need to submit. The lists of documents are:

a. Application by the local coordinator or fixer: Written to the Ministry of Information and Communications with clear objectives of applying for the filming permits. 

b. Assignment Letter: Specifying the selection of local fixers.

c. Application Form

To confirm your application and ensure it is aligned with the standards and regulations, you will need supporting documents. The required supporting documents are: 

a. Storyboard

b. Theme and Lyrics

c. Presentation

d. Schedule: Exact Dates and Location of filming

e. Crew Information: Name-list, passport numbers, positions and arrival dates of all foreign film crews.

f. Equipment list with values for custom clearance.

Getting Film Permits in Nepal:

You can apply for filming permits from the Ministry of Information and Communication. 

The Ministry appoints a Liaison Officer who acts as a supervisor on behalf of the Ministry of Information and communication. This is completely compulsory for every request. 

The liaison officer makes sure that there aren’t any illegal activities or forbidden locations that are being filmed so, therefore, the supervision of the liaison officer is compulsory. 

No filming can happen without the supervisor knowing it. 

Your filming permits will be issued only after your script has been studied and verified to proceed. 

The ministry of information and communications will give you reasons as to why your script is not acceptable with flexibility for you to change them to fit the criteria. 

The ministry of information and communication are the ones to provide legal authority to film in Nepal and at the agreed locations according to the permits application form, but having a government registered film production company in Nepal is necessary while applying for permits. The permits are issued to the production company representing the foreign film production team and then later passed on to the foreign production group. 

The domestic film production company will be liable for any damages done to private or government based properties in case of any unexpected events. Also, explore information related to Film Licensing in Nepal.

The Cost of Film Permits in Nepal: 

The Ministry of Information and communication charges USD 150 for the basic application and general filming permits but there are additional charges such as traveling charges alongside basic lawyer fees and printing costs.

Every other permit has its own sets of charges that are payable to the concerned authorities.

Validity Period: 

While the application for the filming permits is submitted, the duration of the filming or production details will be clarified in advance, which again depends on how long the foreign film crew wishes to film for. 

Similarly, all other filming permits will have a fixed duration to which it is valid. 

But in order to acquire the filming permits, it takes an average time of 15-20 working days so this needs to have prepared in advance!

How NFP Helps in Permits and Licenses?

Nepal film production has a team of experienced production experts that specialize in acquiring permits and clearing customs at the airport. Having worked in 131 productions already, we know our way through the tedious system and paper works. 

Our frequent projects have helped us make contacts at the concerned authorities. We relieve you of the technical worries. 

Similarly, getting filming permits does not necessarily mean you can film right away. Many times you will have to deal with the local people and bodies, whose agreement is also necessary. We help you deal with them as well. Our team members are adept and handling all production matters, which will be rehearsed and prepared for on the pre-production stage.

We are experienced in terms of acquiring permits and most importantly prioritize delivering to the highest quality. We make sure to punctually honor our mutual agreement between us and our customers. 

We leave no room for error and in our past experience; we have always had happy customers and have always finished our production projects smoothly.

Nepal Film Production and its team members believe in advance preparations, and that means everything will be done in advance. Before you go please explore our complete services.

Please feel free to consult with us about film permits in Nepal or want to film in Nepal. We ensure the best services at an affordable rate.