Filming in Cape Coast Castle

 It is located in the central region of Ghana. This historical castle was used during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It provides a poignant backdrop for films exploring historical narratives or human resilience. It is one of about forty prominent commercial forts dubbed “slave castles,” built on the Gold Coast of West Africa by European traders (today Ghana). The Portuguese established “feitoria,” or Cabo Corso, as a trading hub 1555.

In 1653, the Swedish Africa Company erected a log fort there. It was once the centre of the timber and gold commerce. Later on, it was exploited by the Atlantic slave trade. Two other slave strongholds in Ghana are Elmina Castle and Fort Christiansborg. They were used to house Africans kept in slavery before they were put on ships and sold across the Americas, especially the Caribbean. This “gate of no return” was the last point before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. Because it bears witness to the Atlantic gold and enslaved person trades, Cape Coast Castle, along with other forts and castles in Ghana, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Requirements To Film In Ghana

To film anywhere in Ghana, every visiting crew member must obtain a film permit, Press Accreditation, and security clearances. The processing time typically ranges between two weeks once all required documentation is submitted.

Information Required:

    • Title of production
    • Production Brief
    • Production category
    • Production Schedule
    • List of planned shooting locations in Ghana
    • Complete the equipment list for the production
    • Production insurance
    • List of Ghanaian cast and crews with their roles and IDs
    • List of foreign cast and crews with their roles and Passports
    • Passport-size pictures of foreign cast and crews
    • Synopsis of the project and genre
    • Crew list with designations
    • Production schedule
    • Distribution plan

Crews bringing in their gear will need a local film fixer to apply for a customs insurance bond on equipment to be imported. You will send a list of equipment showing the value of each item that will be imported. Once this is done, a temporary permit is set up for you, and a specific fee is ascertained for you to pay.

Ghana Visa

A tourist or business visa can work for your entry into the country. The prices of visas change regularly. You can contact us or your embassy for updated information regarding travel to Ghana.

    • A passport is required for all foreign visitors and has to be valid for at least six months
    • Passports must have at least three empty pages
    • A recent passport-sized photograph
    • Citizens of most countries require a visa, which can be obtained upon arrival
    • A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for everyone entering the country.

Ghana Transport Services.

Africa Fixers organize transportation for film crews to film. Depending on their interest and budget and the nature of roads to the destination. We organize both road and air transport for film crews. We recommend customized 4×4 safari land cruisers for vehicles because of the nature of roads in Ghana. These land cruisers cost USD300 to 350 per vehicle per day. Fuel is estimated on the number of days that are scheduled by the filming schedule. We must look at it to establish the mileage and distance to be travel.

Film Fixers In Ghana To Help You Film

All our vehicles come with drivers who act as location fixers. Most have been to most parts of Ghana and are very conversant with the local situations. They provide relevant information and fix any situation on the ground. They also act as intermediaries between you and our office while on location. Contact us if you need a film fixer in Ghana.

What Is The Best Time To Film In Ghana

The best filming time in Ghana may vary depending on the specific requirements of the production. It is advisable to consult with local experts, such as production companies or film commissions, to determine the best time of year to film based on the project’s specific needs. For filming considerations, the dry season, characterized by sunny and dry weather, may be ideal for outdoor shoots. However, it’s worth noting that the dry season can also be dusty, affecting filming conditions. On the other hand, the wet season presents lush and green vegetation, perfect for nature scenes. Nevertheless, challenges such as rain, humidity, and potential flooding should be considered when planning productions during this period.

Where To Stay When Filming In Cape Coast.

Accommodation options vary, and these range from budget to mid-range and luxury. Your choice of accommodation depends on your interest and budget. Lodge options include Ridge Royal Hotel, Rans Hill Lodge, and many others. Contact us for help with reservations and more information on accommodation.

Why Use Film Crew Frixers To Film In Ghana.

Africa Fixers is a company that assists production agencies and filming companies in South, central, west, and East African countries as a whole. We handle all fixer services required with our professional team of local fixers and driver guides. We have all the relevant connections with other service providers and government agencies to ensure that accreditation and filming permits are processed quickly. Contact us for details and all the relevant information you want for successful filming in Ghana.