Permits / Authorizations

 

National film office resolution allowing for filming on national territory

To request authorization to film foreign pictures on national territory the petitioner must present the following documents to the Ministry of Culture’s Film Office (in Spanish): • Written request addressed to the Ministry of Culture’s Film Office (Dirección de Cinematografía del Ministerio de Cultura) signed by the producer.

• Synopsis of the project.

• Summary of the producer(s)’ biography.

• Data fact sheet for the work in question.

• List of persons entering the country for the purpose of filming, listing their identification documents and the functions they will fulfill during filming of the work.

• Information regarding Colombian artistic and technical personnel scheduled to intervene in filming, when applicable.

• Estimate of financial resources to be invested in filming on Colombian territory.

• Places and dates foreseen for shooting. The authorization to film does not replace or constitute permits or authorizations required by other competent authorities regarding immigration, visas, incoming funds or investments, and others.

The authorization, or if applicable, the denial of it, shall be issued within the maximum term of fifteen (15) days from receipt of the request. In the event of receipt of an application without the necessary requirements, the correspondent will be informed within a maximum term of ten (10) days from submission.

 

Local permits

These must be obtained from authorities in the city or municipality where taping or filming takes place.  Some of these cities have their own regulations that must be respected.  We recommend producers and directors contact the Film Commission in Bogotá to find out about these regulations.

Procedure for Permits in Bogota

On October 30, 2015, the Bogota Film Commission (CFB) launched the Unified Permit for Audiovisual Filming (PUFA). The PUFA is a mechanism that helps citizens and/or producers of filming activities to submit the necessary information and documentation in the proper form to city government offices. These offices then complete in a fast and timely manner the studies, permits, or authorizations required for filming audiovisual works in public spaces with buildings and in areas of public use in the city.

Contact

Bogota Film Commission, Cinemateca Distrital

Calle 12 No. 8 – 11 Piso 3

Tel: (57+1) 3 79 57 50

Ext: 3410, 3409, 3406

Website: www.filmingbogota.gov.co

Film Commission Coordinator: cfb@idartes.gov.co

Unified Permit: pufa.cfb@idartes.gov.co

Information to shoot in Bogota: info.cfb@idartes.gov.co

Procedure for Permits in Medellin

Through the One-Stop Procedure (Ventanilla Única), the Film Commission of Medellin ensures that producers coming to the city have an easy and free way to obtain all permits related to locations, police escorts, road closures, etc.

Permit to import animals, vegetables or agricultural products

Any person or company wishing to bring animals, animal species products, or biological veterinary products into the country for an audiovisual production must obtain an Andean Zoosanitary Import Document (Documento Zoosanitario Andino de Importación in Spanish) from the Colombian Agricultural Institute (Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario).  Certain products are exempt from this requirement.  Consult the Colombian Agricultural Institute’s import/export guide for animals, vegetables and agricultural products. mayor información >>

National Park permits

To film, tape or take photographs in nationally protected areas, a request must be filed with the head office of the Special Administrative Unit of the National Natural Park System and the following steps must be taken: A request must be filed at the Environmental Window  at Carrera 10 No. 20-30, Mezzanine Level, Bogotá and include the following information:

• The conservation unit or area where the project will take place

• The place or sector where filming will take place

• The type of product being made (documentary, chronicle, research, scenes for series, television soap opera, etc.)

• Name, identification, nationality, residence, address, telephone, fax and function of the person responsible for the group and of all others coming into the park

• Date of entry and exit

• Type of technical equipment to be used • Day and time of filming

• Number and type of vehicles (motorcycle, automobile, truck, taxi, bus, official mini-bus, tourist mini-bus, boat, etc.) A certificate of incorporation and legal representation is required, depending on whether the petitioner is a corporation or company.

When acting on behalf of a third party the power of attorney or authorization must be attached. Self-payment form must be filled out. Receipt of payment corresponding to evaluation and follow-up of project must be presented at the Environmental Window at Carrera 10 No. 20-30, Mezzanine Level, Bogotá. Once a permit is issued the corresponding cost must be deposited; this cost varies depending on project’s duration.

For more information please contact:atencionusuario@parquesnacionales.gov.co.

Note: Correspondence and requests exchanged by email does not mean the permit process is underway.

Archeological Parks permits

Generally speaking, authorization to film, record or take photographs in archaeological areas must be requested from the Head Office of the ICANH (COLOMBIAN INSTITUTE OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY) located at Calle 12 No. 2-41 in Bogotá. The following guidelines should be considered:

• Documentaries or video footage taken for scientific purposes or as a means of promoting the country’s anthropological, archaeological, historical and/or ethnographic heritage are permitted in National Archaeological Parks at no cost. However, the filming process MUST be accompanied and supervised by an ICANH representative whose name will appear in the credits of the documentary or video.

• The request for authorization must be completed at least one month prior to filming. Warning: Questions and requests made via email do not signal the start of this process.

• The filming of non-documentary or audiovisual projects in National Archaeological Parks may be considered, depending on the project and the park in question. A request must be filed with the Head Office of the ICANH, specifying details of the project such as subject matter, script, number of days required inside the park, shooting schedule, number of people on crew, type of equipment (heavy or light), etc. ICANH will study the project to determine viability, costs, obligations and restrictions .

For more information please contact:

contactenos@icanh.gov.co

Telephone: 57 + 1 2860021 –  57 + 1 2860095

 

Permit to Shoot or Take Aerial Photographs with Drones

In order to film, shoot, or take aerial photographs with RPAS or drones, it is necessary to apply for a permit from the Civil Aviation Authority (Unidad Administrativa Especial de la Aeronáutica Civil, UAEAC).

Below, you will find a general list of requirements for this permit:

  1. Private pilot license with ground training.

    2. Forty prior flight hours and 200 takeoffs and landings, certified by the flight school.

    3. Identification and registration of the drone.

    4. Insurance policy for harm to third parties.

    5. Application with flight plan submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority at least 15 business days beforehand.

    6. The drone shall have a color allowing it to be easily identified in the air.

The kinds of drones that may not fly in Colombia are those weighing over 25 kilograms and those with metal propellers. In addition, it is not permitted to fly near airports, military and police bases, State institutions such as city and provincial government offices, events with crowds of people, and buildings.

The permitted flight distances are:

• Maximum height: 152 meters.

• Minimum height from an object or person: 50 meters.

• Maximum distance traveled: 750 meters.

PERMIT APPLICATION

 

The permit application shall be submitted to the Department of Services for Aerial Navigation (Dirección de Servicios a la Navegación Aérea, DSNA) at least fifteen (15) business days before the date for which the flight is scheduled, unless the Civil Aviation Authority specifies otherwise.

 

The permit application shall include the following:

(1) Name and contact information of the applicant for the flight (Company, person in charge of RPA, address, phone, email).

(2) Description of the planned operation (including the purpose of the operation), operation with visual line of sight (VLOS), date of the planned flight, altitude of the flight, flight path to be followed, and flight duration.

(3) Analysis of the planned activity, with justification of why the operation would not affect other certified airlines because the planned flight cannot be conducted with a manned aircraft that has an airworthiness certificate and performs special aerial operations.

(4) Risk Assessment for the planned operation. (Risk Management System)

(5) Confirmation of compliance with requirements, including safety measures relevant to RPAS operations (e.g. meteorology, restricted areas, prohibited areas, proximity to airports, NOTAM, and any others needed for the type of operation), if applicable.

(b) RPA Model.

The general RPA information for the requested flight (make, model, serial number, maximum certificated take-off mass).

(c) Communications, navigation and surveillance capabilities:

(1) The communications frequencies and equipment to be used in the operation.

(2) The number and location of remote pilot stations (and transfer procedures between remote pilot stations, if applicable).

(3) Identification to be used by the aircraft or aircrafts for radiotelephone communications, if applicable. It is important to mention that the Operator shall ensure that the frequencies used in the operation do not generate interference and are in portions of the radio spectrum available to be freely used by the public, unless otherwise specified by the National Spectrum Agency (Agencia Nacional del Espectro, ANE).

(D) Remote pilots/operator and/or RPA observer.

List of staff involved in the operation with their ID (citizen ID card or license).

(E) Information/description regarding the payload to be used on the requested flight.

(F) Statement that the RPA aircraft has the appropriate technical conditions for the proposed operation (conditions for safe operations).

(G) Proof of adequate insurance coverage/liability for possible harm to third parties (insurance policy, as established by the Commercial Code, Articles 1835 and 1900).

The application and all documentation shall be submitted at the customer service office of the UAEAC, addressed to the Department of Services for Aerial Navigation, with a copy to the Aviation Safety Secretary:

Office in charge: Department of Services for Aerial Navigation

Contact phone: +571-296-2514

Physical address of the Department of Services for Aerial Navigation: Av. Eldorado 112-09, first floor.

Address for submission of documents: Av. Eldorado 103-15, First Floor. Nuevo Edificio Aerocivil – Bogotá, D.C., Colombia