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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL FILM PRODUCERS IN KENYA

Do not pay any filming license to any County Government if you have a filming license from KFCB. Multiple licences charged by counties are becoming an impediment to the growth of the creative economy. Filming license is a national function and therefore the mandate of KFCB.

Once a film producer acquires a filming license from KFCB they do not need another license from the County Government just the same way as lawyer with a license from LSK does not require another from the County Government to represent a client.

Under Article 191 County Governments are only supposed to charge for services they offer. And where a County law conflicts with a national law, then the national law prevails. In this case therefore film producers are hereby advised to ignore any demand by County Governments for filming licenses if they have already been cleared by KFCB.

The Board will be wiling to intervene and ensure that such counties are taken to court for violating the Constitution and the national government policy on ease of doing business in Kenya.

The Board has sought the advice and guidance of the Kenya Law Reform Commission on this matter and we are going to do all within our power to save the industry from unnecessary taxation.