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Filming Eligibility:

In order to apply for a filming  permit, you must have a valid UAE production trade license. Any individuals, companies or entities that do not have a valid UAE production trade license can either apply to obtain a license or partner with a UAE-licensed production company to obtain a filming permit.

Timeframe :

Permit applications must be submitted a minimum of three (3) business days prior to the first filming day. The UAE working week is Sunday through Thursday. Weekends and public holidays are not business days.

 

registration

Registration is quick and easy. You will be asked to provide your:

  • Company details
  • Documentation supporting your establishment (e.g. trade license)
  • Passport & visa copies of the named manager on the trade license

Once your request has been approved, you will be sent login credentials via email. 

The system will automatically store your company information, so you will not be required to reenter it for each application.  It is your responsibility to keep your company information updated in the system, including trade license renewals.

 

Please make sure that you are using the latest version of either Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome before registering or logging-in to the online portal. 

 

Apply for a film permit Online by clicking here

 

Applying for A filming permit

Permit applications must be submitted a minimum of three (3) business days prior to the first filming day( Cutoff  time is at 12 :00 PM ). The UAE working week is Sunday through Thursday.  Weekends and public holidays are not business days. 


What you will need & Supporting Documents:

  • Script / Synopsis / storyboards
  • Specific date and time of the filming in the locations
  • Valid Passport and visa copies of primary crew members (Director, Producer, DoP & Location Manager) some locations may require information on additional crew
  • Non Objection Certificate issued by the client in favor of the Production Company
  • Location Forms requested by certain locations, which can be downloaded for completion during the application process
  • Equipment List
  • Public Liability Insurance (optional)
  • Risk Assessment (optional)

Once submitted you will be able to track the status of your request online.

 

Alterations, Cancellations, Extensions and Refunds: 

Certain details may be adjusted after a filming permit has been submitted. 

 

Crew Member names and details may be modified before they have been approved.  After approval it is not possible to make modifications.

 

Refund is valid only for private locations upon three or more business days prior notification. No refund will be accepted for government locations

 

Extension of dates and/or adding of additional locations, must be submitted in a new request, which can be linked to an existing project.

 

script approval

 

For all films and TV series filming in any government or private locations, script approval must be received prior to submitting an application for a filming permit.

Arabic productions must submit a full script in Arabic.  All other productions must submit full scripts in English.  The entire script should be submitted, even if only a sequence is shot in Dubai. 

 

Local production houses and licensed freelancers can submit the script clearance by clicking here 

For individuals, international companies of any activities, register here to submit your script, however to submit a filming request, a local production house should be hired

 

You may cancel a request for script approval after submission but it is not possible to adjust an already submitted request unless specifically asked by the Commission to do so.

 

Script approval takes up to 25 business days to be issued.  The UAE working week is Sunday through Thursday.  Weekends and public holidays are not business days.  The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) will contact you as soon as an approval has been granted.  DFTC strictly ensures the confidentiality of each script.  For more information regarding script approvals, see the Terms and Conditions section on our website.

script approval

 

For all films and TV series filming in any government or private locations, script approval must be received prior to submitting an application for a filming permit.

Arabic productions must submit a full script in Arabic.  All other productions must submit full scripts in English.  The entire script should be submitted, even if only a sequence is shot in Dubai. 

 

Local production houses and licensed freelancers can submit the script clearance by clicking here 

For individuals, international companies of any activities   , register here to submit your script, however to submit a filming request, a local production house should be hired

 

You may cancel a request for script approval after submission but it is not possible to adjust an already submitted request unless specifically asked by the Commission to do so.

 

Script approval takes up to 25 business days to be issued.  The UAE working week is Sunday through Thursday.  Weekends and public holidays are not business days.  The Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) will contact you as soon as an approval has been granted.  DFTC strictly ensures the confidentiality of each script.  For more information regarding script approvals, see the Terms and Conditions section on our website.

script approval

Process and location fees for online permits can be made either via cash or online gateway.

 

For permit fee structure, please click here.

 

Cash payment can be remitted in person to the Finance Office:

 

Commercial Building 2, First  Floor,

Dubai Studio City,

P.O. Box 53777,
Dubai, UAE.

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