When filming on location in Uganda, East Africa




When planning a film production in Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya Tanzania and Zanzibar it is crucial that you engage the services of local film fixers to handle the applications of film permits, location permits, press accreditation(temporary work permits for international film crew),assistance with visa application and temporary import of film gear. The local film fixers will also handle budget negotiation with local suppliers to ensure that costs come in at local prices. Then there is a list of do’s and don’ts when filming on location. In this article Hoodlum Film Fixers with share these insights and very important tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable film experience in this region.


  1. Short, tight or revealing clothes should be avoided. And our advice would be to avoid wearing shorts – most Ugandan women would not wear these; they wear skirts or dresses that usually cover the knees. A long skirt or loose-fitting trousers are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
  2. Show respect for the elderly
  3. Emotional outbursts are considered extremely rude
  4. Do not take pictures of the locals unless you have their permission
  5. Showing affection in public is a cultural no-no
  6. Do not bring up politics or ethnicity/social issues
  7. In Ugandan culture and etiquette, it’s considered rude to directly point at people when in a conversation. You should use the whole hand/arm to point to someone. With your palm facing upwards and then motioning in a small down stroke (like throwing a yo-yo) has a variety of vague meanings

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