A guide to filming in Cameroon

This extensive guide offers responses to commonly asked queries about filming in Cameroon. You’ll find all the relevant information you need to plan your shoot in Botswana. This guide walks you through the various processes involved in getting location permits, getting media credentials, hiring a local fixer or producer, and much more. You will also discover how to hire talent and crew, obtain equipment clearance from customs, and make use of all the additional services that fixers offer to assist you in organizing a productive shoot in Cameroon.

Cameroon which is also officially known as the Republic of Cameroon is a country located in Central Africa. It is renowned for having a varied topography that includes savannas, mountains, and coastal plains as well as rainforests and plains. It has diversity of people with over 230 indigenous languages making the nation a home to a rich cultural legacy.

Film Fixer in Cameroon

Are you interested in filming in Cameroon, At Africa Fixers, we are pleased to offer a range of filmmaking services for your upcoming feature or documentary.  Our local Cameroon film fixer also looks at other important considerations when planning a shoot. Are you looking for a Cameroon film fixer to assist you with press credentials, work permits and visas, kit customs clearance, travel, housing, and filming authorization? For all of your filming needs, look no further than Africa Fixers, where you can get the most experienced and reliable film fixers.

What is needed to get permission to film in Cameroon?

Filming in Cameroon requires one to have all the necessary permits involved. You have to apply for the general filming permit. After application, the approval process takes about 2 to 3 weeks. In addition the general filming permit, other locations may require you to have additional permits that are issued out by the respective authorities. You need the help of a local fixer to acquire these permits Please reach out to us for assistance.

Visa Requirements for Cameroon

Filming in Cameroon will require you to have a visa to be allowed entry into the country. The only exception is for crew that will be coming from visa exempt countries. Visas can be applied for at your embassy or apply on the Cameroon e-visa system. For your application to be approved, you must have the following:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • Legal invitation to Cameroon or proof of accommodation
  • A copy of flight itinerary
  • Copy of yellow fever vaccination

Equipment importation in Cameroon

If you are interested in importing your equipment into the country for a shoot, we can help you organize that. You will have to go through the process of applying for a temporary import permit. We work with trusted bond agents who can do this for you. The process is fair and needs time. For those who may be looking at frequently filming in Cameroon and importing the equipment several times, you can opt to apply for the ATA carnet system which is also available in Cameroon.

Hiring equipment in Cameroon

Hiring filming equipment locally is a good idea if you are looking to film for a short period and do not want to go through the process of customs clearance. Cameroon has several equipment rental companies that can provide the equipment you are looking for. All you have to do is send a list of the equipment you want so that we can source it out for you. If anything is not available in Cameroon, it can be gotten from Nigeria which has a big filming industry.

Drone importation in Cameroon

If you are interested in bringing your drone for filming in Cameroon. You have to apply for a drone importation permit that is issues by the Cameroon civil aviation authority. Every drone flight has to be applied for 30 days in advance so take note of this when applying. Acquiring drone importation permits can be stressful and time consuming that is why you need a local fixer to help you smoothen this entire process.

Rules and regulations of Drone filming in Cameroon

In addition to getting the drone importation permit, there are rules and regulations that have to be followed when flying drones in Cameroon and these include;

  • Do not fly your drone higher than 120 meters above the ground
  • You are not allowed to fly close to aircraft spaces
  • You are not allowed to fly your drone in places with high population density
  • Drone flights must be conducted during day and in ideal weather conditions

Filming locations in Cameroon

Cameroon as a country has several outstanding locations to look out for when considering to film in the country. These are spread out in the different regions of the country.

Yaounde is the capital city of the country. It is a very vibrant and interesting city with a lot of development. Another city to look out for in Cameroon is the city of Douala. This city has the greatest economic activity in the country.

In the southeastern part of the country is the Lobeke National Park, which has chimpanzees, gorillas, and other wildlife. Dja Faunal Reserve is located in the southern part with wildlife and the Baka pygmies that reside on the borders of this park.

In the southwestern part of the country is Campo Ma’an National Park. It is home to wildlife including hippos, gorillas, chimpanzees, giant pangolins, elephants black colobus, mandrill’s leopards, and sea turtles.

Waza National Park is located in the northern part and it a great home to several wildlife such as lions, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs and much more. The northern part is also home to Bouba Njida National Park where you can find the African painted dog. Faro national park is also located in the northern region of Cameroon and is home to a good number of wildlife.

Korup National Park is a very old rainforest park that is located in the western part of the country.

Mefou National Park can be found just south from Yaoundé. This park is a rehabilitation center for chimpanzees and gorillas.

Cameroon also holds the southern part of Lake Chad. The volcanic mountain Cameroon is also a great filming location. You can also look out for the Kribi beach and the beautiful Chutes d’Ekom waterfall.

These locations and many more are available for filming in the country. Some of these locations will require additional location permits. If you are interested in any of them, please reach out to us so that we advise you and help you with securing the necessary permits to film in any of the locations in Cameroon.

How should one conduct themselves when filming in Cameroon?

Observing proper etiquette is crucial when filming in Cameroon. Ensure to follow the rules and regulations set by the government of the country in order to have a smooth shoot.  It is customary to respect everyone. Show respect for the local environment by avoiding wasteful practices.  Adhering to these cultural norms fosters positive interactions and mutual respect during your time in Cameroon.

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

Please note that when filming in Cameroon, Anything considered harmful to moral image of the country prohibited. Most of the filmed content should have no negative effect on the country’s government to avoid any backlash on your project.

Best time to film in Cameroon

Cameroon is a tropical climate country with the north side being dry and the southern part being humid. In the southern region, November through February is the dry season; March through June is the little rainy season; and August through October is when the heavy rains fall. The ideal time to film for weather is during the dry season. May through September is when the rainy season occurs in the north and the other months are dry. 

Languages spoken in Cameroon

Cameroon is a country that has diverse languages that are spoken by different groups of people in the country. The main languages used are French and English that are majorly used in the work environment.

Camfranglais is a blend of English, French and Cameroon pidgin. This language is commonly used by young people in the urban places.

The Ubangian Languages which is made up of four languages that are spoken by the people in the eastern region of the country.

Afro-Asiatic Languages: These languages make up a number of 55, including the Chadic languages. They are overly spoken in the northern region of the country.

Niger-Congo Languages which take up the largest number of languages of about 169 that are spoken majorly in the central, north and over the various regions of the country.

Filming wildlife in Cameroon

If you are interested in filming wildlife, you will have to get supplementary permits for the national parks and the locations. For you to get the supplementary permits, you have to have applied for the general filming permit first. . In addition to this, you have to follow the respective rules and regulations that are put in place to protect the wildlife. 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.

Safety Precautions When Filming In Cameroon

The country is generally safe, but be aware of any potential threats and keep up with local security developments. Seek advice from knowledgeable experts or local authorities to ascertain what safety precautions and procedures are required for your shoot. It is generally advisable to have a local fixer with you, particularly in isolated places.

Local Transport Services In Cameroon

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

Local Crew In Cameroon

Cameroon has a good number of local producers, camera operators and crew to work on your shoot. Although the filming industry is still growing, you can be able to find worthy candidates to work with on your shoot. It is advised to at least have one or two members from your side to fly in and be a part of the production if you decide to hire the crew locally.

Access And Affordability

The main ways to reach Cameroon are by air into the country. Once you leave the airport, the main roads deteriorate further, therefore keep in mind the vast distances that must be covered. The state of the roads is both Marram and tarmac roads. Traveling by car in a country where you are vulnerable to “local law” and attempted bribery is not the safest option, especially for foreigners. It is usually advisable to travel with a local fixer who has the technical know-how and will help you deal with the political and social bonds in the country. Using a 4×4 or a vehicle with adequate clearance is always advised.

Projects Filmed In Cameroon

Over the years, Cameroon has attracted a sensible number of film projects. The country’s awesome landscapes and culture has been the center of attraction for most of these projects. These include fiction films and also documentaries. Some of the notable ones to look out for include: Tears of the Sun (2003), White Material (2009), Clando (2014), The Fisherman (2019), Njinga: Queen of Kongo (2023), Battleground (2019), Sisters in Law (2005), Chez Jolie Coiffure (2018),  The Spectre of Boko Haram (2023), Pygmies: The Forest Symphony (2016), Cameroun: The Secret of Peace (2012), The Land of the Pygmies (2000) and many more. 

Why Use Africa Fixers for Your Shoot in Cameroon

Africa Fixers is an African fixing company. We support production companies and filming companies in Cameroon and other countries that are listed on our website. Over the years, we have worked with many production firms on several projects, making us quite experienced in this area. We manage all fixer services required with our skilled staff of local fixers. We have all required relationships with various service providers and government authorities in Botswana to ensure that accreditation and filming permissions are processed fast. For further information and other necessary specifics for a successful filming experience, get in touch with us.