The Ethiopian Film Commission (EFC) requires a minimum of fourteen (14) business days advance notice to process applications not requiring traffic control or complex activities. A one month minimum is required for lane or road closures. Different State Agencies have different advance notice requirements and multiple agencies may be involved. Approvals are based on impact to the property.

Application Processing Fee

There is a non-refundable processing fee of USD 250 per application.  A single application can include permit requests for multiple days and locations.

Location Fees

Standard location fees for all public and most private locations in Ethiopia are established by the Ethiopian Film  Commission

Public Locations

The location fees for public locations depend on the type of project, please see below fee matrix for further details.

Private Locations

The location fees for private locations are charged at a maximum of USD 10.000 per day. The final fee will be at the discretion of the location owner and may vary depending upon demand and production requirements. All private locations reserve the right to pass onto the production company any additional fees incurred by the location during filming, such as clean-up, security and additional services.

All semi government and private locations reserve the right to pass onto the production company any additional fees incurred by the location during filming, such as clean-up, security and additional services.

Permit Fees Index

Production Type Commissioning Entity Location Fees (USD) Permit Duration

 

Scripted Long-Form

Films, TV series, documentaries Ethiopian licensed production company or Ethiopian licensed broadcaster 750 up to 30 days

 

Unscripted Long-Form

Reality shows, magazine shows, lifestyle, formats Ethiopian licensed production company or Ethiopian licensed broadcaster 750 up to 30 days

 

News

News and current events Ethiopian licensed broadcaster commissioning Ethiopian licensed production company or publisher 0 up to 30 days
Broadcaster from abroad commissioning Ethiopian licensed production company or publisher 750 up to 14 days

 

Advertisements

Advertisements for TV and online Ethiopian licensed production company 750 up to 3 days

 

Corporate Content

Corporate videos and footage Ethiopian licensed production company 750 up to 7 days
Still shoots or video footage of city Ethiopian licensed production company or Ethiopian licensed broadcaster 750 up to 14 days

 

Aerial Shoots

Still shoots or video footage for any production type Ethiopian licensed production company or Ethiopian licensed broadcaster 0 up to 7 days