When planning a television, cinema, web or photo production in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is definitely a stop you shouldn’t miss.

Here you will find beautiful tropical landscapes (from warm white-sand beaches to cool misty mountains), spectacular ancient temples and buddhist monuments, heavenly exotic flora, hypnotizing wild fauna, succulent healthy dishes and uncomparable local friendliness.

Incentives for foreign productions

In addition to such treasures that will surely add a lot of value to your project, Cambodia also embraces foreign productions coming to the country with the following incentives:

Shooting Permits

Unlike videos or photos taken on your trip to Cambodia for personal non-commercial use, professional projects must request filming permits before starting to shoot.

Due to the time it takes to obtain such documents, it is strongly recommended to initiate applications before you leave your country in order to save precious time and be able to shoot as soon as you set foot in Cambodia.

The permission process, in general, can take one or several levels, each one at a different institution and with its own associated fees and wait times, depending on the chosen locations, type of project and its scale:

  1. General Film Permit
  2. Ministry Authorization (for special public buildings and sites: museums, etc.)
  3. Local Authority Permit (Province’s Governor or Municipality)
  4. Community Chief Permission
  5. Location Permission

Permit Requirement Examples:

Royal Palace

National Museum

Wat Phnom

Toul Sleng, Genocide Museum

Ministry of Post and Telecommunications

How can I apply for permits?

You may request permits directly yourself by contacting the respective institutions. However, for an easier and faster experience, it is better to hire a local fixer (or production coordinator) to do it on your behalf.

S/he will guide you through the process, help you collect and prepare the required documents (including a Khmer translation of your documents which helps speed things up), submit your applications and make the appropriate phone calls and/or visits to follow up your case until permission is finally granted.

Even though you can apply for permits while in Cambodia, like we said before, it is highly recommended to start the process prior to your departure.

General Film Permit

This is the first mandatory permit you need to shoot in Cambodia. It is issued by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts’ Department of Cinema and Cultural Diffusion. This document will help you process following permits from additional institutions.

Additionally, should you need to import/export a large quantity of equipment for your project, the General Film Permit will allow you to process a tax-free request from the customs.

Where to get the application form

Should you choose to start this process yourself instead of hiring a local fixer or production coordinator, you must send a request by email or fax to one of the following places:

Keep in mind that original copies of the required documents must be submitted immediately afterwards.

Processing Times (in working days)

Given that you provided all the required documents correctly and your content isn’t sensitive and subject to revisions, please expect the following processing times:

– Permit for Feature film (10 days)
– Permit for Documentary / Commercial / Short / TV show / Clip / Photoshoot (5 days)

Required Documents

The production must submit four (4) sets of the following documents:

WARNING – Content-sensitive and large-scale movies:

Positive Results

If permission is granted, the Ministry’s Department of Cinema will issue a letter that will allow you request/process further permits from other institutions or authorities, including those who manage the plots of land or buildings where you want to shoot.

Keep several copies of all letters and permissions with you at all times during your shoot, because they might be requested on various occasions.

Should you plan to show your movie in Cambodia later on, then you must preciously save all permits, as the Department of Cinema will ask for them in order to authorize the movie release.

Negative Results

In case of permission denial, you may still request a reconsideration, following these steps:

At this point, you can expect either a second advice or a green light.

Should the project be rejected, then a notice by the Ministry will be issued to the production team to inform them about the refusal.

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  1. May I have anyone could provide service of getting film permit? May I have contact please.
    Thank you

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