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Authorization to shoot a film in Madagascar

Steps and procedures to obtain your authorization or shooting permit in Madagascar, from OMACI or the Malagasy Film Office

According to Article 41 of Decree No. 2015-352 of 20 March 2015, all foreign and domestic film producers are informed that all filming projects and all films in Madagascar are subject to a shooting permit granted by the Malagasy Film Authority or OMACI.

In order to facilitate the procedures and to avoid any travel to Madagascar before the shooting date in question, which represents a significant cost, Agent In Mada offers you its assistance service to obtain a permit to shoot in Madagascar.

Indeed, we are based in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar where the Malagasy Film Office is based. Our location allows us to be very close to the Office.

Our perfect knowledge of all the steps and procedures involved in obtaining this document is our real asset.

Thanks to our experience and know-how, we offer you a fast, safe and, above all, cost-effective service for a request for authorization to shoot a film in Madagascar.

No more extra expenses for your air travel, just to get this document. Save time and money by contacting us. Send us the documents and details of your project, the application fee and tax payable by ICAO. We will take care of the rest.

Once we have done our intervention, receive by email, before your departure for Madagascar, your authorization to film, you will get all the original documents as soon as your film crew arrives, at the airport or at your hotel.

Do you have a project to shoot a film or documentary or other type of media support? Consult our offer below and do not hesitate to contact us!

Limited special offer (*)

Do not pay USD 1.000/project Pay only USD 800/project (or USD 200 in savings)* Offer valid until 31 December 2018
  • Preparation of a complete file for a request for authorization to film
  • Payment of duties and taxes to ICAO
  • Real-time monitoring and progress reporting of your request
  • Negotiation with all project stakeholders
  • Delivery of the original version of the shooting authorization upon your arrival, a copy will be sent to you by email as soon as it is obtained

(*) The offer will be offered at the normal price from 1 January 2019
Take advantage of this exceptional price now to submit your project to Agent In Mada

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Application for a film shooting permit in Madagascar, the film categories concerned by this procedure

All types of operations to shoot a film on the territory of Madagascar, whatever their nature and objectives, are subject to a request for authorization to film in advance.

By territory of the Republic of Madagascar is meant any place where the sovereignty of the Great Island is exercised: the mainland of the Great Island, the maritime waters, the airspace of Madagascar as well as all the possessions of the Malagasy State.

Thus, if the type of your shooting project in Madagascar is listed below, you will be kind enough to make a request to film with OMACI.

This is where Agent in Mada comes in, helping you to complete all the procedures to that effect.

  • Film shooting: fiction film, documentary film, animation film, series, etc.
  • Shooting of an advertising film in Madagascar (advertising spots)
  • Shooting video clips (Music group clips)
  • Shooting of various video supports: TV news, advertorials, etc.

Our offer below allows you to have a permission to film, whatever the nature of the film you would like to shoot in Madagascar. Contact us now to submit your project!

Limited special offer (*)

Do not pay USD 1.000/project Pay only USD 800/project (i.e. USD 200 savings)* Offer valid until 31 December 2018
  • Preparation of a complete file for a request for authorization to film
  • Payment of duties and taxes to ICAO
  • Real-time monitoring and progress reporting of your request
  • Negotiation with all project stakeholders
  • Delivery of the original version of the shooting authorization upon your arrival, a copy will be sent to you by email as soon as it is obtained

(*) The offer will be offered at the normal price from 1 January 2019
Take advantage of this exceptional price now to submit your project to Agent In Mada

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Why choose Madagascar as the location for your film?

Madagascar is a land blessed by nature. With an incomparable wealth of fauna and flora, more than 80% of which are endemic, Madagascar offers an extraordinary environment that is favourable to any film production project.

Its cultural diversity, its population and way of life, its unique plant and animal species found nowhere else, its geography and its exceptional relief, make Madagascar an ideal place for film production.

A film setting that every film producer dreams of exploring, at least once in their career.

Several major film and/or television production companies have already shot their films in Madagascar at least once

The majority of these films that were shot in Madagascar have met with worldwide success. You may remember the famous documentary film “Island of Lemurs produced by IMAX, which was named the best documentary film of its time in 2013-2014.

Similarly, every year, many producers, production companies and television channels rush to Madagascar. Their projects cover various types of filming: documentary films, reports and expeditions for scientific research.

You have certainly had the opportunity to see Madagascar on your small screen, through the programs of Discovery Channel, TV5, Voyage, BBC, FOX, National Geographics, etc.

Where to shoot your documentary film, video clip, or your fiction film or report in Madagacar?

Madagascar has some 5,000 km of coastline bordered by beaches, reefs and forests.

The Malagasy fauna and flora are wonderfully rich, with an endemicity rate of more than 80%. These species are distributed in different regions of the Big Island.

In addition to this environmental richness, there are some forty national parks, reserves and marine parks (Nosy Tanikely Marine National Park and Nosy Hara Marine National Park), which are protected areas abounding in a multitude of specimens, some of which have never yet been discovered by humans.

Lemurs are the emblematic animals of Madagascar, due to their endemicity. Present in all corners of the island, from North to South and from East to West, different species of Lemur have made their home where living conditions and climate are favourable to them.

In the great South: the desert, the habitat of the last Men of the forest of Madagascar or Mikea, the Isalo massif worthy of a Western film landscape, the Ihorombe plateau,… are all spots suitable for film or documentary shooting in Madagascar.

From East to West: the chain of primary tropical forests of the entire East Coast of Madagascar, the humpback whale festival in July and September in Sainte Marie Madagascar where these gigantic marine mammals give a breathtaking spectacle, the great Tsingy of Bemaraha sheltering so many animal and plant species unique to the world have just as many places to shoot films in Madagascar.

And if your theme is Malagasy culture, you should know that the Malagasy population is composed of eighteen ethnic groups.

Although some customs and habits are unanimously accepted by Malagasy people, such as circumcision, exhumation or the turning of the dead, each ethnic group has its own culture and tradition.

These diversities, found in different landscapes and cultures, suggest that to identify the ideal location for filming, it is essential to properly frame your theme.

Our on-site team will help you identify the best places to shoot and, most importantly, obtain the necessary authorizations at the level of each identified location.

Application fees, duties and taxes to be paid to the Malagasy Film Board to obtain a film shooting permit in Madagascar

The granting of a film shooting permit to Madagascar by ICAO must meet certain conditions, including the payment of a lump sum in the form of application fees, duties and taxes levied by the Malagasy State. List of the various official duties and taxes to be paid according to the nature of the film to be produced

List of the various official duties and taxes to be paid according to the nature of the film to be produced

Documentary film categories Duties and taxes (**)
Film animalier 3 500 USD
Cultural and heritage film 4,500 USD + 500 USD per site managed by the Ministry of Culture
Handcrafted film 4 500 USD
Scientific film 3 500 USD
Environmental film 4 500 USD
Political film 4 500 USD
Other types of film 3 500 USD

  • Subject to change at any time according to ministerial decisions (to be filled in before applying for authorisation)
  • A proof of payment of the indicated amount, issued by ICAO and converted into local currency (Ariary), will be given to you and sent by e-mail once the procedures have been completed.
  • If the project plans to film in provinces other than Antananarivo, provide for additional fees to be charged by local authorities.

In addition to these duties and taxes payable by ICAO, there is the Agent In Mada service charge, details of which are as follows:

Limited special offer (*)

Do not pay USD 1.000/project Pay only USD 800/project (or USD 200 in savings)* Offer valid until 31 December 2018
  • Preparation of a complete file for a request for authorization to film
  • Payment of duties and taxes to ICAO
  • Real-time monitoring and progress reporting of your request
  • Negotiation with all project stakeholders
  • Delivery of the original version of the shooting authorization upon your arrival, a copy will be sent to you by email as soon as it is obtained

(*) The offer will be offered at the normal price from 1 January 2019
Take advantage of this exceptional price now to submit your project to Agent In Mada

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Request for authorization to shoot a film in Madagascar, the documents to be provided by the producer

In order to follow the regulatory procedure for requesting authorization to film in Madagascar, the request must be made one month (1 month) before the shooting start date at the latest. The following are the documents and attachments to be attached to the application:

  • Certificate of existence of the production company
  • Curriculum Vitaedu first in charge in the film crew (producer, etc.)
  • List of the film crew with their qualification
  • List of filming equipment
  • Photocopy of the Passport of the person(s) responsible
  • Synopsis of the film
  • Diversion request (model available on request)
  • Technical data sheet of the film to be produced (model available on request)
  • Other information deemed useful for the smooth running of the operation

Good to know during the shooting of your film in Madagascar

A representative of ICAO, upon appointment by the Office’s management, must be present at all times during the shooting.

The agent’s travel, per diem, accommodation and catering expenses are the responsibility of the film producer.

Eventually, one or two technicians registered in the National Film Register may also be part of the delegation during the shooting.

Indeed, OMACI promotes the 7th art profession in Madagascar. It has the commitment to negotiate internships with foreign film producers during the shooting, in favour of national technicians.

At the end of the shooting (i.e. the end of the internship for OMACI technicians), the producer is invited to issue a certificate of internship to the national technicians who participated in the shooting.

Request for filming authorization, services offered by Agent In Mada and service fees

Within the framework of the procedures for requesting authorization to shoot films in Madagascar, Agent In Mada takes care of all the formalities, until the said authorization is obtained and delivered to you. Thus, our service covers

  • Preparation of the application file for authorization with all the necessary documents
  • Discussion and negotiation with ICAO agents and management
  • If necessary, carry out the procedures with the authorities in the provinces (if the project also plans to tour the provinces)*

Whatever the nature of the film you want to shoot in Madagascar, our service fee is unique, fixed and is payable at the time you send us the fees and application fees to be paid to OMACI (see table above).

Agent In Mada, service rate for requesting authorization to film in Madagascar

The price indicated below concerns the costs of Agent In Mada’s services in relation to the administrative formalities carried out at the level of OMACI Antananarivo only.

This price does not include the various duties and taxes levied by ICAO (see table above), nor the various expenses incurred by the procedures and travel in the provinces which are invoiced per diem (see table below).

Limited special offer (*)

Do not pay USD 1.000/project Pay only USD 800/project (or USD 200 in savings)* Offer valid until 31 December 2018
  • Preparation of a complete file for a request for authorization to film
  • Payment of duties and taxes to ICAO
  • Real-time monitoring and progress reporting of your request
  • Negotiation with all project stakeholders
  • Delivery of the original version of the shooting authorization upon your arrival, a copy will be sent to you by email as soon as it is obtained

(*) The offer will be offered at the normal price from 1 January 2019
Take advantage of this exceptional price now to submit your project to Agent In Mada

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It should be noted that any additional travel and steps in the provinces are invoiced in addition, depending on the nature of the services to be provided, the distance, the isolation of the location and the duration of the on-site operations.

Per diem rate for travel outside Tanà

Travel expenses Round trip (Tanà-xxxxxx-Tanà) flat rate of 200 euros
Accommodation & catering 50 euros / day
Administrative fees, miscellaneous duties, taxes and duties extra*

(*) The duties/taxes and taxes levied by the authorities in the filming locations will be transmitted to you as they are made available.

Personalized hotel and car rental booking services for your film crew when you travel

After a long flight, no other need than a good rest to get back in better shape. Once your agreement has been concluded and confirmed at Agent In Mada, give us the exact date of your team’s arrival and we will book your hotel according to your criteria and instructions.

In the same vein, in order to facilitate your travel throughout the shooting, we can also book the rental cars that will suit your team and your project.

This way, everything will be ready to be delivered turnkey as soon as you land at the airport. You will therefore be able to tackle the essential immediately.

Do you have a film shooting project in Madagascar? Do you want more information? Do not hesitate to contact us.

Our team will be happy to provide you with all the services and assistance to facilitate the realization of your film project in Madagascar. The details of the services we provide are here:

Limited special offer (*)

Do not pay USD 1.000/project Pay only USD 800/project (or USD 200 in savings)* Offer valid until 31 December 2018
  • Preparation of a complete file for a request for authorization to film
  • Payment of duties and taxes to ICAO
  • Real-time monitoring and progress reporting of your request
  • Negotiation with all project stakeholders
  • Delivery of the original version of the shooting authorization upon your arrival, a copy will be sent to you by email as soon as it is obtained

(*) The offer will be offered at the normal price from 1 January 2019
Take advantage of this exceptional price now to submit your project to Agent In Mada

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Film shooting in Madagascar, here are the answers to the questions we are frequently asked

  • Do I need to have my script validated to get permission to shoot in Madagascar?

Yes ! the scenarios and synopses of the film to be produced are part of the documents to be provided when requesting authorization to film. Shooting cannot therefore take place if the content of the said document is not considered valid by the Malagasy Film Board.

  • Are there any film topics or themes that are banned in Madagascar?

Any film project deemed inappropriate is prohibited from shooting in Madagascar. This is in relation to cultural, social, religious and moral sensitivities. For example, it is prohibited to shoot any film project of a sexual or paedophile nature, etc.

  • Is there a fee for filming permits?

The Malagasy State, through the Office Malgache du Cinéma, has set fees and taxes to be paid depending on the nature of the film project, ranging from USD 3,500 to over USD 4,500.

It should be noted that it is mandatory to pay these duties and taxes at the time of the request for authorization to film. Otherwise, the authorisation in question will not be issued.

In addition, Agent In Mada’s service fees are also payable at the time of your order.

  • I would like to bring specific filming equipment, what are the procedures to follow?

Any professional film producer wishing to shoot a film in Madagascar is free to bring the necessary equipment to his project, and of course it is the producer’s responsibility to ensure its logistics and related costs.

  • What type of visa do I need to shoot my film in Madagascar?

Each member of your team must have a valid residence visa in Madagascar at the time of making your film. The tourist visa is suitable for this type of project.

Please note, however, that the tourist visa is valid for 3 months, i.e. only 90 days.

If you think that your project may well last beyond this deadline, you will need to transform your tourist visa into a long-stay visa once you are there.

Agent In Mada also offers its assistance service for obtaining a long-stay visa. We invite you to consult our offer for this purpose.

  • Where to find an ideal location in Madagascar?

Agent In Mada’s team can go to the places that interest you to locate shooting spots.

Our mobility allows us to travel all over the Big Island, to help you in this process. However, you are responsible for the costs incurred by these trips.

Please refer to our per diem rate for any travel outside the capital to get an idea of the possible costs.

  • My project requires the intervention of local actors and extras! Can you help in this regard?

Several communication and advertising agencies as well as film production companies have opened their doors in Madagascar. By approaching these agencies and production companies, it is quite possible to find actors, performers and actors who match the profiles you are looking for.

As for the cost of each professional actor, this will depend only on the rates set by each agency. It is therefore imperative to submit your needs to them in advance in order to know their offer.

However, if your project needs to involve extras from the general public, there should not be any problem.

Indeed, Malagasy people like to be filmed when the subject of the project has been explained to them. In this way, it is sufficient to make an announcement or intervention on a local radio or television set, in the chosen location, in order to encourage the world to shoot more.

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