If you are considering producing a feature film, short film, documentary, or advertisement in Nepal, it is recommended that you finalize the shooting locations after completing the pre-production phase. This is because the process of obtaining a film permit in Nepal involves the submission of specific documents and may take between 7 to 21 working days, depending on the script and drone type being used. The following steps and required documents must be prepared to apply for a film permit
- Letter from Local Coordinator: A letter from the assigned local coordinator must be prepared to inform the Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications about the purpose of the application for a shooting permit.
- Authorization Letter: An authorization letter must be provided by the foreign filmmaker, indicating their selection and employment of a local coordinator.
- Application Form: An application form as prescribed by the rules must be completed, affixing a Nepali postal stamp amounting to NPR 50.
- Documents: Supporting documents are also required to be submitted to facilitate permit consideration, including the script of the filming story
- storyboard for TV commercials
- synopsis for documentaries
- theme (concept) and lyrics for music videos
- details of the content and objectives of the program presentation for TV programs.
- Crew member details: Details of the crew members, including name list, passport numbers, positions, and arrival dates of the foreign film crew with bio-data, must also be provided.
- Itenary: A schedule of filming in Nepal, specifying exact dates and locations, must be prepared and submitted.
- Equipment list: An equipment list with values for custom clearance must also be included in the application
Once the application is submitted, the Ministry of Information and Communications may require the submission of consent letters from concerned organizations
- Consent letters of concerned organizations:
- Consent Letter of Department of Archaeology if filming in archaeological places like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Changunarayan, Durbar Squares, Boudhanath, Lumbini, Swayambhunath, etc.;
- Consent Letter of Pashupati Development Fund Office, Gaushala, Kathmandu if filming in the Pashupatinath temple area;
- Consent letter of Sanctuary Fund if filming in Annapurna Conservation Areas;
- Consent letter of Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation if filming is to be done in upper Mustang and upper Dolpa (fees is US $5000.00 per each place);
- Consent letter of Department of Wildlife Conservation, Babarmahal, Kathmandu if filming in conservation areas;
- Consent letter of Lumbini Development Fund if filming in Kapilvastu (Lumbini), the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. Please note that location charges may apply depending on the location where the filmmaker intends to shoot.
Note: LOCATION CHARGES may apply depending upon the location where the filmmaker is going to shoot.
It is important to note that all location scouting, hiring, and film permit processes will be facilitated by the local coordinator or local filming company in Nepal. If you are planning to shoot in Nepal, please connect with a Nepal producer at the following email address: [email protected].