FAQ’s Nepal | Frequently Asked Questions for Filming in Nepal

Ministry of introduction and Communications (foreign film production). It grants a shooting permit to international filmmakers. Film Development Board – Nepal grants permission to domestic film production.
Filmmakers wishing to shoot a film in Nepal recommends hiring Nepali coordinator companies or individuals for a help, as there exist procedures which need following both before and after granting the filming permit. Moreover, they also help you with local permissions and contacting Nepali authorities and local people concerned in your production.
The coordinator helps the film crews to obtain film permits, gives you advice on tax payment. Additionally, they also support general production.
You can hire a trekking agency or a local film production company as a coordinator.Ministry of Information and Communications and film Development Board – Nepal has a list of coordinators which you can refer to. Also, some coordinators may specialize in serving Japanese clients, some might have experience working with filmmakers from India, America, Europe.etc while some of them might have experiences working for filmmakers from around the globe.For both parties benefits, an agreement letter must be made on mutual understanding. Likewise, you can find the list of local coordinators that have worked with the Ministry  of Information and Communications and Film Development Board-Nepal athttp://www.moic.gov.np and http://www.film.gov.np
TV commercials, documentaries, music, videos, Tv programmes, feature films, mini-series, TVserials, etc that do not contain any negative connotation or unfavorable message about Nepal. Moreover, its people can apply for permission at the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The documents that need submission enlists as under:

  1. A letter made by the assigned local coordinator informing the Audio-Visual Section, Ministry of Information and Communications for the purpose of applying for the shooting permit.
  2. An assignment letter made by the foreign filmmakers showing that may have already chosen and hired a local coordinator.
  3. An application form.
  4. Supporting documents needed for permit consideration:
    • Storyboard for TV commercials
    • Treatment for documentaries
    • Theme (concept) and Lyrics for music videos.
    • Details of content and objectives of the programme
    • Presentation for TV programmes.
  5. A schedule of filming in Nepal specifying exact dates and location (for all types of productions).
  6. Name-list, passport numbers, positions and arrival dates of all foreign film crews.
A shooting permit for the types of film production like feature films, docu-dramas, TV dramas and mini-series requires submission at the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The required documents are as follows:

  1. A letter made by the assigned local coordinator, informing Ministry of Information and Communications of the purpose of applying for the shooting permit.
  2. An assignment letter made by the foreign filmmakers, showing that may have already chosen and hired a local coordinator.
  3. An application form.
  4. Supporting documents needed for permit consideration:
    • Synopsis
    • A treatment for the documentary
    • Full script
  5. A schedule of filming in Nepal specifying a period of filming and shooting locations.
  6. Name-list, passport numbers, positions and arrival dates of all foreign film crews.

For feature films, TV serials, docu-dramas or any fictional stories, allow no less than 14  working days for the Ministry of Information and Communications to consider the script.

NOTE: Depending on the requirements of the script i.e shooting locations including conservation areas, cultural heritage sites, etc., the period for approval may take slightly longer. Moreover, this occurs as the local coordinator has to arrange for the other concerned government departments to view the script in details.

Permission will be issued after your script has been studied. If it is not acceptable, the Ministry of Information and Communications will give you the reasons. Furthermore, whether you agree to make changes to your script is entirely up to you.
When applying for filming in Nepal, it is advisable that you do not have anything in the script that offends Nepal’s national institutions, religion, customs, and culture. Likewise, the film must not hold a threat to security. Finally, Shooting must not cause any significant effect/damage on the natural environment.
No fees have been allocated for the filming permit.However, a Nepali postal stamp amounting NPR 50 should be affixed in the application form.

Yes, there are. Once the permit is granted, a representative from The Ministry of Information and Communications requires accompanying the crew every day in all shooting locations. Moreover, a member per the crew every day in all shooting locations. The filmmaker also fixes a premium according to the motion picture rules.  Likewise, the filmmaker arranges The official travel outside Kathmandu, then air/ground transportation fares, accommodation, and meals.

For documentaries, commercial advertisements and music videos, the film crew will be accompanied by one representative. Furthermore, for feature films, docu-dramas, and TV series, the Ministry of Information and  Communications will assign one representative to accompany each shooting unit.

The appointed local coordinator discusses on Location fees and other production matters. This is why it is essential to appoint an experienced coordinator. Moreover, S/he will deal with all the production issues.
The duty of the Ministry’s representative relies on making sure what is actually being shot has followed the script approved by the Ministry. Not to mention, in case the scenes vary from the script, the representative is there to advise. Advise as to whether it is possible to shoot those scenes or not.

What kind of visa do we need ? 

Crews intending to stay in Nepal within the filmming permit period can do with a tourist visa.

The film permit enables you to film in Nepal but you have to nedotiate to shoot in each lacation by yourself or your local coordinator. Likewise, the owners/authorities of the locations will need to know that you have filming permit in hand.
Yes, if you have not applied for the filming equipments and materials to be brought into the company on a ‘Temporary Basis’ on Film Development Board – Nepal, you must prepare cash or bank to guarantee accepted only at the Nepal Banks to gaurantee your equipments. Moreover, the amount of cash or bank guarantee is based on the value of the equipments.
Yes, you do. Shooting without a permit is a violation of the law.
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