How to get a filming permit from the General Security?

To obtain a filming permit from the General Security, the application must be submitted by the producer, because the permit will be given in the name of the producer or the production company. The application should have a 1.000 L.L stamp.
* The application should be submitted to the General Directorate of General Security, facing the Palace of Justice, Building No1, 3rd floor
Required Documents

– Production Companies
a) Company registration documents, circular, a copy of the identity card of the company’s president
b) The identity card of the person with the delegated authority (In case of a delegation)
c) Copy of the director’s identity card (in case the producer and director are not the same person)
d) 2 copies of the final script

– Producer
a) Copy of the producer’s identity card
b) Copy of the director’s identity card (in case the producer and director are not the same person)
c) 2 copies of the final script

For more info:
http://www.general-security.gov.lb/diffAppl.aspx

In some cases, additional permits from other official and non-official authorities are needed:
General Security may request film directors to obtain additional permits from other official or non-official authorities such as:
– The Lebanese Army
– The Internal Security Forces
– Municipality
– District governors
– Political organizations
– Private companies

A screening permit given to a locally produced film is not considered a general permit to screen the film;
meaning that every screening in a different event requires a new permit.

Tapes, DVD and Blu-Ray Discs
– Filming permit
– Copy of the Tape, DVD or Blu-Ray Disc
– Electronic slip code from the General Security (if shooted abroad)
– Fees: 50.000 L.L per film plus 250 L.L per tape or disc Trailers and Film Reels
– Filming Permit
– Poster
– Press Book
– Electronic slip code from the General Security (if shooted abroad)
– Fees for Trailer: 50.000 L.L per trailer
– Fees for Film Reels: 75.000 L.L per copy

For more info:
http://www.general-security.gov.lb/diffAppl.aspx

The Lebanese production company should register the film in Lebanon at the Ministry of the Economy and Trade
-Intellectual Property Protection Office.
The Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Lebanon (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique au Liban (SACEM)) which is a general collective copyright management body, is present in Lebanon and is mainly active in the musical sector.
1. INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS
Lebanon is bound by the following instruments:
• Berne Convention (on literary and artistic works), since September 1947
• WIPO Convention, since December 1986.
• Rome Convention (protection of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organisations), since August 1997.
2. NATIONAL LEGISLATION
• Law on the Protection of Literary and Artistic Property no. 75 of April 3, 1999
• National law regulation of cinematographic and audiovisual works
Right holders
• authors (unless otherwise agreed, the producer is the copyright holder)
• performers
• broadcasters.
Protected rights
• authors’ rights
– economic rights: reproduction right; right of adaptation and translation; distribution right; rental right; import right; public performance right; broadcasting right; right of communication to the public by cable or any other means, right of making available to the public.
– moral rights: right to claim authorship; right to object modification; right of disclosure; right of withdrawal.
Performers’ rights
– economic rights: right of communication to the public and of broadcasting of unfixed performances ; right of fixation ; right of reproduction, sale and rental of recordings containing an unauthorized fixation of the performance;
– moral rights: right to claim authorship ; right to object modification.
Broadcasters’ rights:
– economic rights: right to authorize the re-broadcasting of broadcasts, the fixation for the purpose of profit, the reproduction of unauthorized recordings of broadcasts, the communication to the public where an entrance fee is paid.

Duration of rights
• authors’ rights
– economic rights: 50 years after lawful publication ; failing publication, 50 years after work completion.
– moral rights : perpetual.
• performers’ rights
– economic rights: 50 years from performance.
– moral rights : perpetual.
– broadcasters’ rights: 20 years after first broadcasting.

For more info:
Ministry of the Economy and Trade Intellectual Property Protection Office Hamra
Abdel-Aziz street
Beirut
Tel.: (961.1) 34.44.85
Fax: (961.1) 34.78.00
www.economy.gov.lb

COLLECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF RIGHTS
Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Lebanon (SACEM)
Furn El Chebak
Damas Street
Cinema Scala Building – 2
Beirut
Tel. : (961.1) 29.12.94/5
Fax : (961.1) 29.12.56
NB: A finished film should be registered at the ministry of culture to be able to benefit of the exemption of taxes and other advantages, please click on the following link: طلب تسجيل فيلم سينمائي منجز

What are the taxes imposed on Lebanese and foreign films shot in Lebanon?
– Invoices paid in Lebanon already include VAT.
– Lebanese or foreign non-profit organizations shooting in Lebanon can claim a VAT refund.
– Note that Lebanese freelancers who do not have a “financial number”
and work with Lebanese production companies, have 7.5% deducted from their salaries for taxes.
Import / Export
How much does it cost to import/export your film to/from Lebanon?
Film Reels: Between $400 and $500
Tapes, DVD and Blu-Ray Discs and DCP:
– For films participating in festivals in Lebanon and abroad, for the exemption of taxes, and according to you status please fill one of these forms and send it to the ministry of culture.
إفادة خاصة بالأفلام اللبنانية التي تشارك في مهرجانات سينمائية خارج لبنان + طلب تسجيل فيلم سينمائي منجز
تسجيل الجمعيات التي تتولى تنظيم مهرجانات سينمائية في لبنان

What permits do you need to shoot in Lebanon?
General Security (Residence Permit)
– If the duration of the shooting is brief, a tourist visa is enough.
– If the duration of the shooting is long, each case will be studied depending on the situation and the nationality of the crew.

For more info:
http://www.general-security.gov.lb/residency_in_leb.aspx
Lebanese Ministry of Labor (Work permit)
– If the duration of the shooting is brief (less than a year), no work
permit is required.
– If the duration of the shooting is long (more than a year), the permits
are considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more info:
www.labor.gov.lb

1- Required Documents
Opening a folder for the organization or company in charge of the crew at
the General Security – Artists Department, by submitting
the following documents:
– Official papers of the company or association (circular, registration…)
– Special delegation in case they want a lawyer to submit the documents
2- Application for a visa
– Submitting a statement in which they precise where they are going to work
– Request (Form given by the General Security)
– Contract (Form given by the General Security)
– Visa application (Form given by the General Security) + 3 color copies of
the passport of each member of the crew
– Bank Guarantee: 2.000.000 L.L per person
– VISA acquisition: between 4 and 15 working days, depending on the nationality
3- Upon arrival to Lebanon
– They have 48 hours to inform the General Security – Artist
Department about their arrival
– They will get a monthly stay (renewable each month)
– Fees: between 250.000 L.L and 500.000 L.L monthly, the amount depends on the activity and its classification set by the General Directorate of the General Security