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A foreigner wishing to shoot films in Nigeria is required by law to submit his application to the office of Government Nigerian Film Corporation not later than ten (28) days prior to the day on which he/she is due to commence filming. The application shall contain, among other things, the purpose and title of the film, duration of the shooting and the exact location where it takes place and the total production cost of the film as well as the portion that will be used within Nigeria.

A foreigner wishing to shoot films in Nigeria should submit a letter of assignment on official letter head duly signed by publisher/assignment editor/bureau chief addressed to the Government Communication Affairs Office, The Ministry of Information and National Orientation before arrival.

Bear in mind that no shoot is allowed to take place in Nigeria in the absence of a designated liaison officer. He or she will be a trained filmmaker appointed by the Nigerian Film Corporation.

They have two major responsibilities:

  • Facilitating local permissions; and
  • Ensuring that nothing detrimental to the image of Nigeria or the Nigerian people is included in the film.
  • For entire the duration of the shoot the officer is required to travel and stay with the crew.

Also note that, though you might be granted permission to start shooting, accreditation does not in any way imply that all permissions have been granted. The film is still subject to approval from the authorities during the actual filming.

The Ministry of Information and National Orientation says that, on the recommendation of the Nigerian Film Corporation, it "reserves the right to stop the shooting/production, if it has irrefutable evidence that any of the procedural regulations has been violated".

All requests for permits will have to be submitted at least 28 days before shooting is due to take place. The NFC can help with viases but charges a fee per crew member, so bear this in mind.

The applicant should submit together with his application the following documents:

  • A copy of the film script along with its synopsis for feature films or synopsis for documentary films;
  • In case a Nigerian personality is portrayed in the film as a character, a copy of a document of no objection from such person or his heirs, certified by an organ legally empowered to approve contracts and documents;
  • In case of a co-production by a Nigerian and a foreigner, an agreement indicating the responsibilities and liabilities of each party;
  • The nationality of the filming crew, the passport number, the country issuing the passport, their permanent and temporary addresses as well as other information as may be required by the Office.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • A copy of the film script along with its synopsis for feature films or synopsis for documentary films.
  • A list of equipment necessary for shooting film, in 3 copies.
  • One passport size photograph at arrival

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]


Federal Secretariat, 2nd & 3rd Floors

Abuja Tel: 09-5237183

Nigerian Film Corporation

218T, Liberty Dam Road.

P. O. Box 693, Jos, Plateau State

930001 Nigeria

Head, Public Affairs & Protocol: +234 (0) 8052728321 (0) 8036740997

Lagos Branch Office

National Theatre Annex

Iganmu, Lagos State.

Abuja Liaison Office

Nigerian Shipper's Council Office Complex.

Wuse Zone 5

Kano Zonal Office

Audu Bako Secretariat Kano,

Kano State.

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One must be a journalist visiting Nigeria on the mission of shooting film news or capturing news or Filming sites in Nigeria on behalf of the foreign organization. This permit is granted to the following category of people.

  • Professional journalist,
  • Photographer,
  • Film producer or director (other than of commercial films),
  • A representative of a radio and/or television organisation,
  • Travel writer/travel promotion photographer etc or any
  • professional journalist/owner working for an association or
  • A company engaged in the production or
  • Broadcast of audio visual news or filming.

Current affairs programmes through the print, electronic or any other electronic form or any other mode of mass communication.


  • Foreign crews wishing to shoot in Nigeria, must be accredited.
  • This accreditation is obtainable from the Ministery of Information and National Orientation and is based on the recommendation of the Nigerian Film Corporation. The full requirements can be found on their website.
  • The fees for accreditation are as follows (in 2013):
  • Feature films $500 per week
  • Documentaries $150 per week
  • TV Drama; Series & Reality TV $250 per week
  • Commercials $350 /day.


This Film shooting Permit is valid for 6 months only with a single entry. Regardless of the entry status, it can be renewed upon request.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing time take less than a one month but because of the complexity it can exceed that time. Visas for journalists or Filmer cannot be fast-tracked and may take longer than five (5) working days to process;

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if you intend to visit or film sites in Nigeria, then you need to obtain a Film Shooting Permit which include those sites in the list of the sites you intend to film. If you secure permission from the Government Communication Affairs ministry Office Foreign Media Accreditation for the whole list (as of the above procedure) then you can visit and film in all the sites approved in list. It is therefore necessary to include all the sites you intend to visit in the list before you submit it to the Government Communication Affairs ministry office Foreign Media Accreditation.

Required Information[edit]

  • The name of the company.
  • The name, the passport number and the nationality of the filming crew.
  • The purpose and title of the film.
  • Duration of the shooting and exact location where it takes place.
  • The production cost of the film.
  • Name and Telephone of the contact person or organization in Nigeria
  • The nationality of the filming crew,
  • The passport number,
  • The country issuing the passport,
  • The permanent and temporary addresses as well as other information as may be required by the Office.

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Need for the Document[edit]

Nigeria has no official film commission but the Nigerian Film Corporation - a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication - is charged with the responsibility of promoting the development and growth of the Nigerian film industry.

The organisation is run by managing director Afolabi Adesanya, who can help with visas and getting you started.

The Nigerian film industry produces about 50 movies per week, second only to India and more than the United States. Although its revenues are not on par Nollywood still generates an impressive $590 million annually from the sales.

Information which might help[edit]

In terms of other locations, make sure to check the various rain seasons (which isn't the same all throughout the country) and do some research on the level of safety in the area you have in mind.

When choosing carefully you can benefit from Nigeria's wealth in nature, including a range of national parks and game reserves, beautiful hill ranges and waterfalls, plus nice beaches.

Calabar (where they shoot Half of a Yellow Sun) is known in Nigeria for being a very quiet state. It has no oil and is famous for its yearly carnival every December.

There is a film-friendly atmosphere in this part of Nigeria and according to our sources they are encouraging more foreign productions to film in the area.

Nigeria has a variety of landscapes. The far north has the Sahel, where the Sahara desert transitions into savannas which make up most of the country. The far south transitions into rainforest and beaches. The south-east and south-west are marked by rugged plateaus. Nigerias main rivers are the Niger and the Benue.

They are home to a large area of Central African Mangroves. These rivers converge and empty into the Niger Delta, one of the worlds largest and most polluted river deltas. The Yankari wildlife reserve is home to a wide variety of African animals. Lagos is the most populous city in Africa. It is a chaotic, congested and polluted metropolis.

Film locations of interest in Lagos include the central business district high-rise buildings on Lagos Island, a variety of interesting looking hotels, beaches, a container port, an airport, and Eko Atlantic City a business district the size of Manhattan that is being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.

Nigeria has a vibrant local film industry, ranking second in the world after India in terms of number of annual productions. Films such as Half of a Yellow Sun were shot in Nigeria.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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