Morocco’s enchanting appeal as a filming location remains unrivalled, with its remarkable cultural diversity, captivating landscapes, affordable production facilities and skilled local talent. It’s no wonder that filmmakers and production companies from all over the world are drawn to this picturesque country.
However, the journey to creating a cinematic masterpiece begins with obtaining the necessary filming permits. This comprehensive guide aims to unravel the intricacies of obtaining Moroccan filming permits and ensure a smooth and efficient filming process.
As the main regulatory authority, the Moroccan Film Centre (MFC) oversees all filming activities in Morocco. Holding the keys to the various types of filming permits in Morocco, the MFC also serves as an essential bridge between local and foreign production companies and relevant government bodies.
According to the guidelines established by the Moroccan Film Centre (MFC), foreign production companies wishing to shoot in Morocco must work with a Moroccan production and service company. The choice of a production company certified by the MFC is strongly recommended over freelance and independent agents or fixers in order to facilitate procedures and maintain effective relations with local authorities.
A complete film permit application will normally be reviewed and approved within a 15 day window, starting the day after the application is submitted. It is essential that the application is complete or it won’t be processed. Requirements for such an application include
Filming permits for television films, television series and sitcoms are issued within 15 days (or 30 days for series over 120 minutes in length) from the day after the completed application is submitted. Here are the documents required for application:
Filming permits for medium-length films, short films and fiction documentaries can be obtained within 7 days from the day after submission of the complete application. The application should include:
Filming permits for musical varieties clips can be obtained within 7 days from the day after submitting the complete application. The application should include the following:
Filming permits for commercials or advertising spots can be obtained within 3 days from the day after submitting the complete application. The application should include the following:
Filming permits for institutional films and corporate films can be obtained within 3 days from the day after submitting the complete application. The application should include the following:
For television programs, a filming permit can be obtained by submitting the following documents:
Filming permits for documentaries and reports can be obtained within 21 days from the day after submission of the complete application. The application should include :
Let’s detail the cost of obtaining Moroccan permits for different categories of international productions. This detailed list provides a clear picture of the fees charged for each type of production. These fees, expressed in Moroccan Dirhams (MAD), apply to new, additional, and replacement permits. Please note that these amounts do not include taxes:
|Production Categories||Duration||Net Fees (in MAD)|
|Feature Film||PER WEEK||3 000,00|
|Docu-Fiction Feature Film||PER WEEK||3 000,00|
|Television Film||PER WEEK||3 000,00|
|Television Series||PER WEEK||3 000,00|
|Sitcom||PER WEEK||3 000,00|
|Short Film||PER WEEK||3 000,00|
|Medium-Length Film||PER WEEK||3 000,00|
|Docu-Fiction Short Film||PER WEEK||3 000,00|
|Institutional Film||PER DAY||2 500,00|
|Recording a Show||FLAT-RATE||500,00|
|Advertising Spot||PER DAY||2 500,00|
|Commissioned Report||PER DAY||2 500,00|
|Clip – Music Video||PER DAY||500,00|
|Reality Show||PER WEEK||2 500,00|
Payment for filming permits may be made by bank transfer to the account of the Moroccan Film Center. Payment may also be made by check or cash in exchange for a receipt issued by the Financial Administrator of the Moroccan Film Center in Rabat, Morocco.
Please keep in mind that these rates are subject to change and it’s always best to check with the official sources.
According to Law 20-99, 25% of the technicians working on foreign productions must be Moroccan and hold a valid Professional Identity Card (PIC) issued by the Moroccan Film Centre (MFC). In addition, if there is a second assistant role, it must be filled by a Moroccan technician, even if the role is doubled.
This quota applies to the following categories of production :
Location permits, often overlooked, are also essential when filming in Morocco. These permits are required if you plan to film in special locations such as private property, national parks, historical monuments, and other significant sites. Securing these additional permits requires awareness and knowledge of local regulations.
Each location has its own requirements. For example, private property requires permission from the owner, while national parks, monuments, and other publicly owned locations often require approval from local or national government agencies.
Your local production company can guide you through these processes, but remember that obtaining these permits can be a lengthy process and should be planned well in advance. Some locations may have restrictions on shooting times, noise control, and crew size. Preparing in advance and incorporating these factors into your schedule is critical to successful production in Morocco.
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