A Comprehensive Guide to filming in Zimbabwe

This extensive guide gives answers to questions that are regularly asked about filming in Zimbabwe. You will find all the vital information required to plan your shoot in Zimbabwe. The guide assists you in figuring out the different processes of acquiring filming permits, hiring a local producer or fixer, media accreditation, location permits, and so much more. You will also find out about customs clearance, equipment hires, talents and crew sourcing, and all the services that can be offered to you by fixers to make your shoot planning successful. 

What permits and permissions are required to film in Zimbabwe?

Filming in Zimbabwe requires a general filming permit and applying for media accreditation. The Ministry of Information authorizes the filming permit, and the media passes. Everyone intending to film in Zimbabwe has to acquire those two significant requirements. In addition, different locations also require additional permits given out by the respective authorities. For more information about this don’t hesitate to contact us.

How can I obtain media accreditation in Zimbabwe? 

The process of obtaining media accreditation in ZImbabwe is relatively easy. All you have to do is write a letter of application addressed to the Ministry of Information. This letter should include the company name, the crew’s name, the shoot’s purpose, the shoot, the period of the shoot, and a synopsis. Once this application letter is written, it is sent to a local fixer company, which then applies on your behalf and follows up the entire process until the accreditation is processed.   

 How long does it typically take to process a filming accreditation in Zimbabwe?

A Filming permit, once applied for, can take at least three weeks to be processed and authorized. You need a reliable fixer in Zimbabwe to handle all your paperwork and advise you accordingly.

What documents are needed for media accreditation in Zimbabwe?

You must have the following documents to get media accreditation approval in Zimbabwe. 

– Copy of a valid passport of every crew member 

– Passport-sized photograph of every crew member

– CV or biography

– A filled-in media accreditation form

– A letter of introduction

– An application letter

What is the cost of a media card/ Work permit in Zimbabwe?

 Currently, a media pass in Zimbabwe costs 200 USD per person applying. This price is separate from the general media accreditation fee. If you need help getting media cards, feel free to contact us. This figure is subject to change, so contact our reliable film fixer in Zimbabwe for more details.

Can I import my filming equipment into Zimbabwe, and what are the customs procedures?

Equipment importation into Zimbabwe is possible. Zimbabwe is not part of a carnet system, meaning you must go through an authorized bonded agent. A comprehensive list of equipment and value needs to be submitted through a bonded clearing agent for the issuance of a Temporary Import Permit (TIP). A fee is then set according to the value of the equipment. This fee is non-refundable but guarantees safe entry and exit with your equipment. We work with trustworthy bonded agents who have done this for many years and guaranteed clearance for our clients on many occasions. For any assistance with customs clearance, feel free to contact us.

Are there any specific guidelines for drone filming in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has drone guidelines and regulations specified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe. The process of drone importation is quite lengthy and would need at least two months for the application to be secured. You must have gotten all the necessary permits when filming with a drone. If you intend to film with a drone in Zimbabwe, please contact us for more information.

What are the popular filming locations in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has several locations that are eye-catching and capable of making exciting films. Victoria Falls: One of the most iconic natural wonders in the world. Matobo National Park is known for its unique rock formations and ancient cave paintings. 

Hwange National Park is known to be One of Africa’s premier wildlife destinations. Great Zimbabwe: The ancient city of Great Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage site, features impressive stone ruins that provide a historical and archaeological backdrop.

Mana Pools National Park, along the Zambezi River, is renowned for its wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, and various birdlife. The Eastern Highlands offer lush, mountainous terrain with scenic views, waterfalls, and tea plantations. Locations like Nyanga and Vumba provide a tranquil and verdant setting.

Lake Kariba: The world’s largest man-made reservoir, Lake Kariba, provides opportunities for filming water-based scenes, sunsets, and the surrounding landscapes. Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, offers a mix of urban landscapes, colonial architecture, and modern cityscapes that can be used for various scenes.

Bulawayo: Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, Bulawayo, features historical sites, museums, and a vibrant local culture that can be incorporated into film projects. The Chinhoyi Caves offer a unique underground setting with crystal-clear pools and limestone formations. Khami Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site near Bulawayo, features the remains of an ancient city with intricate stonework.

Gonarezhou National Park is located in the southeastern part of the country. Gonarezhou is known for its rugged landscapes, red sandstone cliffs, and diverse wildlife. These and many more are places to look out for when filming in Zimbabwe. For more recommendations, feel free to contact us

Are there any safety considerations or precautions for filming in some regions of Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe is generally a safe country. If you are considering filming in Zimbabwe, stay updated on the local security situation and assess potential risks. Consult with local authorities or experienced professionals to determine any necessary safety precautions and measures during your shoot. And when on shoot. Having a local fixer with you is always advised, especially in remote areas.

Are there any specific regulations for filming wildlife or working with animals in Zimbabwe?

When filming wildlife in Zimbabwe, you are supposed to follow the conservation rules and regulations of the Wildlife conservation laws, such as no hunting and capturing wildlife. 

You must have all the necessary permissions from the parks and wildlife authority to work with animals. In addition, you will have to acquire extra permits for the locations you will be filming in, such as national parks. Different national parks will have different tariffs depending on the activity taking place.

When filming wildlife, a code of conduct must be followed. Some regulations include keeping a safe distance from the animals, not damaging the environment, refraining from animal disturbance, etc. 

Are there any limitations on the type of content that can be filmed in Zimbabwe?

Anything considered harmful to the moral image of Zimbabwe as a country is prohibited. Most of the filmed content should have no negative effect on the country’s government.

Are there any restrictions on using public spaces for filming in Zimbabwe?

When filming in public spaces, you must make prior arrangements and have a filming permit, and media passes for the crew. If you are interested in filming with a drone, you must be escorted by an officer to monitor everything and maintain order. 

What are the rules and procedures for filming interviews or documentaries involving local communities in Zimbabwe?

To conduct interviews, you must have a filming permit and permission from the people involved. Crews should be careful about the types of interviews being held to ensure that they do not damage the country’s image in any way and don’t affect moral issues. 

Can I use local transport services for shoots within Zimbabwe?

Local transport services are available and reliable for use in Zimbabwe. The transport system in Zimbabwe is very efficient and safe. You have several options to choose from. This choice will depend on your budget, the size of the crew and equipment, and any other preferences you may have. Africa Fixers provides these transportation services with professional and well-versed drivers in the local areas of Zimbabwe. 

Are there any specific regulations regarding filming sensitive cultural or religious sites in Zimbabwe?

Specific Cultural sites may require you to have a filming permit issued by authorities who control them. There are no particular regulations for religious sites as long as one has permission from the concerned parties. In addition to the permissions, one must present detailed information about what they want to film and its impact. 

Does Zimbabwe have local talent and crew that can be hired for filming?

Zimbabwe has professional and capable talent. For those interested in using local crew, be assured that you will be able to find talents that can work with you; these range from producers, directors of photography, sound engineers, media managers, photographers, and more. For local talent, we have several casting agencies that we can contact to provide the cast and secure the rights as well. If you need help sourcing crew, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Does one need a fixer to film in Zimbabwe?

For a successful shoot in Zimbabwe, you must hire the services of a local Zimbabwe film fixer for preproduction and production. Having a fixer with you during your shoot will ensure that any issues that may come up in the process will be dealt with. Shoots can be dynamic, and any small thing can erupt into a big problem, halting your shoot, but with a fixer on the ground, you get to eliminate such. 

What are the services offered by fixers in Zimbabwe?

The services of a fixer include customs clearance, equipment and talent sourcing, and location scouting. Fixer also helps secure all the filming permissions necessary for your shoot.

Why use Film Crew fixers?

Africa Fixers is a local fixer company in Africa. We assist filming companies and production agencies in countries listed on our website, including Zimbabwe. Over the years, we have worked with various production companies on several projects, making us very experienced in this industry. 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 ensure that accreditation and filming permits for filming in Zimbabwe are processed in the shortest time possible. Contact us for details and all the relevant information you want for successful filming in Zimbabwe.