Arts Festival Filming Policy and Rates

Under Section 6(2)(1) of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council Act [Cap.186] all foreign media production including video, stills photography, audio recordings and research in Vanuatu falls under the jurisdiction of the National Film and Sound Unit of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, which must be notified of any intended media production activity in the country.

A formal application to film in Vanuatu must be made to the Vanuatu Cultural Centre at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance of Filming. A tentative or confirmed itinerary must be presented with this Application.

Any film making that is undertaken by foreign film makers and involves a Cultural Subject (that is, any ethnographic footage or footage particularly featuring scenes from people's daily lives) requires the Consent of the Vanuatu National Cultural Council, and must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Copies of all footage taken, including unedited portions (RUSH) and edited final products in broadcast quality.
  • Flash or external drives must be deposited with the National Film Unit of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre.
  • The following authorisation fees will apply during the period of the Festival

Schedule of production fees

Type of Production Full Festival Duration (excluding VAT)
Commercials Vt 300,000
Documentaries Vt 30,000
Television news/current affairs Vt 25,000
Still photography (commercial) Vt 25,000
Local Vanuatu Media - Still Photos, Video & Television Vt 20,000
Local Media - Radio, News Paper Reporting Free Of Charge

• All figures above are exclusive of VAT.

The Vanuatu Cultural Centre may make changes to any of the above Conditions.

Failure to comply with any of these Conditions may result in confiscation of filming equipment and footage.

Any queries or Applications by foreign film makers / media to film in Vanuatu can be made to :

The Curator, National Film and Sound Unit, Vanuatu Cultural Centre,
P.O. Box 184, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Tel: (678) 22129
Mobille: (678) 549 6405

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drones and Pilots MUST be Registered with the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, Film & Sound Unit, Drone Management System.

Contact us
For more information or assistance with your filming concession contact the VKS office.



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