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Guidelines For Filming In Namibia During COVID-19

The Namibia Film Commission has issued guidelines for filming during coronavirus. From cast and crew testing to protective equipment and on-site organization, the safety regulations aim at reducing the spread of the virus while shooting a film.

The Film Commission said these measures are aggregate of official guidelines from authorities applying to workplaces, building sites, the food service sector, hairdressers, and private individuals, which have been practically applied to film sets.

• All government health alert and public protocols restrictions must be adhered to, including: Movement, Social distancing restrictions, wearing masks, Sanitizing vehicles, equipment, cutlery, etc..
• All crew and talent, must provide the production company producer (prior to the shoot date) a non-disclosure agreement outlining their travel throughout the previous four-week period.
• All crew and talent must provide to the production company producer (prior to the shoot date) with a Health Declaration, outlining any contact with someone who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
• Any crew who have traveled to high risk countries or have been in contact with an individual with COVID-19 during that four-week period must not participate on the shoot.
• Any shoot attendee who feels unwell prior to the shoot, must contact the production company for replacement.

• A system should be utilized to limit numbers on set by the production company.
• All shoot attendees must undergo temperature checks by the on-set nurse, or a designated crew member, twice a day – morning and after lunch.
• Crew to be issued an identifier once they pass temperature.
screening – for instance wearing of a green sticker for clear screening identification.
• Any person with a temperature exceeding 37 degrees.
Celsius, is considered feverish and must be removed from set
• Any shoot attendee who feels unwell during the course of the shoot must immediately report to the producer of the production company.
• Be respectful of people’s personal space and avoid hugging, touching or handshakes.
• All crew to wear face masks throughout the course of shoots – to be provided by production company.
• Make-up artists, hair stylist, wardrobe must wear eye protection due to close proximity to talent.
• Where possible, talent should undertake their own make-up “minor touch ups” throughout shooting, instead of the make-up artist, to avoid contact with talent’s perspiration.
• Catering departments to consider disposable cups and utensils for meals and tea breaks.
• Water bottles must be labelled for each crew to avoid cross contamination and only one bottle used by each shoot attendee throughout the course of the shoot.
• Camera to be two meters away from talent at all times.
• All equipment must be sanitized daily, before and after each shoot.

• Hand washing and and bacterial solutions to be placed on set and used throughout the shoot by all crew and talent.
• When shooting in studio, studios must have undertaken a ‘deep clean’ before and after each shoot. Production companies must obtain written validation from studios prior to pre-light or shoot.
• Cleaning must be undertaken throughout the shoot day especially in common areas such as wardrobe and make-up rooms.
• Bathrooms must be frequently cleaned throughout the course of the shoot.
• Boom mic’s only (so voice-to-camera scripts should be reviewed), prior to shooting.
• Make-up department to step up cleaning protocols and use single use brushes and applicators. All other equipment must undergo deep cleaning prior and post any shoot.
• Hair extensions must undergo deep cleaning before and after any application.
• Standby props to step up hygiene practices.
• Art department must step up cleaning of props and surfaces throughout the shoot and between takes.
• Catering department must sanitize the hands of cast and crew before meals are provided and enforce the 1 meter social distancing rule at all times.
• Vehicle hire for crew and talent must undergo deep cleaning prior to shoot hire.
• Key crew such as camera department must have ‘pocket’
hand sanitizers to be applied frequently.
• Wardrobe must be certified to have undergone deep cleaning before and after shoots.
• Waste management removal must be carried out frequently, throughout the shoot.
• These guidance messages should be posted on the shoot location in bathrooms, make-up room, wardrobe, etc…

• The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration and the Namibia Film Commission will reissue film permits and temporary work visas at no cost, until all ports of entry are open.
• Foreign productions are advised to change their production
dates and furnace Namibia Film Commission and Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration with previously approved permits/visas and proof of payment.
• Those who find themselves already in Namibia, whose visas have expired during the State of Emergency, are required to apply for an extension, if they have not completed their production. They must furnish the Commission with proof of current status.
• Those who have completed their productions must apply for a holiday visa extension.

A staff member from the Film Commission will be on set to observe the adherence to the above specified regulations until the situation normalizes.

The Namibia Film Commission will also provide letters of permission to film for ease of business and undertake to assist local productions in meeting hygiene requirements such as masks, sanitizers and temperature gauges. To be considered for this assistance, contact Gideon Kamati @ +264 81379 7531 or info@nfc.na

(IMAGES: Behind the scenes footage of film sets by Namib Film. )

The Film Commission Wants To Fund Your Film- Here’s How To Apply

The Namibia Film Commission invites filmmakers to submit their film applications for the 2019/2020 Funding Cycle.


– Namibian registered company.
– The applicant must be the producer, with a team containing a writer/script editor or
– The producer should have the rights to the story with which they apply
– The team must, between them, have at-least two screen credits and the producer must have a producer credit, except for the newcomer category. Only the producer is required to have at-least one producer screen credit.
– All members of the team need not be Namibian.

In assessing applications, the following factors are considered:

– The quality of the project, its central idea and wide audience appeal.
– The marketplace potential of the project.
– The likelihood of the project achieving financial returns.
– The track record and or potential of the principles.
– The proposed level of involvement of the Namibian principals, cast and crew, facilities and locations to be used.
– The economic, employment, industry development and or cultural benefits for Namibia.

Applications (Application forms can be obtained from the Film Commission)

– Provide a complete application form.
– Attach any additional information to support your application.
-Incomplete applications will not be considered.
– Ensure you receive your Application Reference Number upon delivery to the Film Commission office.
-The selected teams must be willing to undergo a two-week script development workshop with a film expert, in Windhoek.

The Funding Categories Are:

2x Newcomer Short Film (N$100 000)
2x Experienced Short Film (N$250 000)
1 Documentary Film (N$300 000)
1 Feature Film (N$1 300 000)
1 Nǃxau ǂToma Film Fund (N$1 000 000)

An information sharing session will be held on 30 May 2019 with filmmakers to discuss the application process in detail.


Submissions should be emailed to gkamati@nfc.na & info@nfc.na or hand delivered at the Namibia Film Commission office, Nr. 17 Cnr of Feld and Newton Street, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek or hard copies mailed to: Namibia Film Commission Projects P.O. Box 41807, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek.

There should be a clear indication on which project you are applying. For any further information contact Mr. Gideon Kamati on 061 381 900.

Featured: Namibia As Your Next Film Destination


Namibia is a gem for those in search of the unexplored and wilderness. This beautiful country has one of the lowest population densities in the world and bizarre desert scenery on Africa’s south-west coast, which has enjoyed more than a decade of stability since achieving Independence on 21 March 1990.

Namibia is a peaceful country which is economically prosperous as a result of its productive mining, fishing, tourism and agricultural industries.



Namibia has four main geographical regions (from West to East): Coastal plain/Namib Desert, Namib Escarpment, the rocky Central Plateau with its high mountains and the Kalahari Sandveld which is characterized by its flat layers of sand. The most spectacular landscapes for filmmakers can be found in the Namib Desert and the surrounding area, films such as “Flight of the Phoenix” and “10.000 BC” were filmed here.




Southern Namib – The Sea of Dunes: The Namib Desert stretches along the Atlantic Ocean from Angola well into South Africa and forms a belt of spectacular dunes and rock formations that reaches up to 200 kms inland. South of the Kuiseb River (dry river) lies the Southern Namib, a sea of high, yellow to reddish dunes which stretches for hundreds of kilometers, with no trace of civilization – yet, the port town of Walvis Bay is only approx. 30 kms (18 Miles) away! Your team can conveniently access the dune sea via a good gravel road and an experienced scout.


The high impressive dunes in the Southern Namib can be found at Sossusvlei, with spectacular colours, especially at sunrise and sunset when the dunes display a forever changing kaleidoscope of contrasts, from light yellow to dark red.


Swakopmund and Walvis Bay – Where the Ocean meets the Dunes: Swakopmund is a modern coastal holiday town, with approximately 30 000 inhabitants, nestled between the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a popular destination for Namibians and foreign visitors alike and has a great number of historic buildings from its German colonial past.




Namib Escarpment – Moon Landscapes outside of time and space: This region between the Namib Desert and the Central Plateau is a plain, rugged landscape with strange rock formations and dry river beds, burnt by the glaring sun and deeply dissected. Although relatively easy accessible, the environment is so hostile that no trees or human settlements can be found which gives this region a doomsday atmosphere.



Savannah Landscapes – Where the cheetahs thrive Most of Namibia is covered by thorny shrub and tree savanna, which provides a genuine “African” Safari background for your camera. The home of the cheetahs is also the place of many farms and private conservancies with the next neighbors several kilometers away. Private farms are a safe and tranquil environment for any filmmaking endeavor, and a number of them are interesting historic buildings from colonial times that make a great backdrop.

Morgens in der Wueste
Green riverbeds and remote villages – The image of rural Africa In the north eastern parts of Namibia (Kavango and Caprivi region) there is more rainfall and hence a more lush, green vegetation with Savannas and Woodlands, containing big trees. The green riverbanks of the Okavango and the Zambezi along the borders with neighboring Angola and Zambia are the tranquil home of crocodiles, hippos, elephants and many bird species. Rural villages can be found all along the rivers where local people still live in the traditional way.


The Fish River Canyon in the south of the country is the second largest canyon in the world and a spectacular view similar to the Grand Canyon in the USA.
Windhoek – your gateway to Namibia and the capital city of Namibia, situated in the mountains at 1654 m (5426 ft) above sea level, is a thriving modern city with an excellent infrastructure of European standard.


windhoek ; namibia

Windhoek is the commercial hub of the country, almost everything you need is available or can be sourced internationally and delivered within a very short time. Compared to other African cities, Windhoek is relatively small (approx. 220.000 inhabitants) and most of the areas are very neat. The downtown areas are quite safe and the crime rate, compared to Johannesburg and Cape Town, is very low. Windhoek has a number of well preserved buildings and monuments from the colonial past and is a convenient starting point for any endeavor in Namibia.

Other places of interest Namibia has a kaleidoscope of interesting structures and buildings for any possible location needs, ranging from mines to ship wrecks and desert ghost towns to spectacular mountain passes, light houses and railways. A very special location is Kolmannskoppe, a deserted ghost town in the desert close to Lüderitz, the famous coastal town in the south of Namibia.
Faces of Namibia Namibia is a true “rainbow nation” with a very diverse population of more than ten ethnic groups with different lifestyles, traditions and cultures.
With the cultural and geographical background of Namibians in mind, it is possible to find faces and statues for your cast that could portray inhabitants of most areas on earth.



SOURCE: Film Commission of Namibia. Visit the NFC for more!