“NO” to the NYC MOFTB $300 Film Permit Application Processing Fee

Thank you SONY Artisan of Imagery Brian Smith for this important information.

New York Cities Mayor Bloomberg and the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting (MOFTB) plan to assess a $300 fee for filming permit application processing.   For Photographers who are working on very strict production budgets, this could sway allot of commercial work away from New York City and into Boston, Phili, Baltimore and even Washington DC.   The only people who benefit from this new fee is the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting.

From Brian’s Blog:

Please join all the major photography trade organizations by saying “NO” to the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting (MOFTB) plan to assess a $300 fee for film permit application processing. This is three hundred buck whether you’re doing a three month-long feature film with a crew of hundreds or a 15-minute still shoot with a crew of one.

For a feature film that’s nothing. But in a time that the magazine industry is particularly hard hit and everybody’s budgets are getting pared to the bone, it may me whether a shoot happens or not. This is a poorly conceived idea coming at the worst economic time and destined to place the heaviest burden on those who can least afford it. In short it’s a BAD idea.

All the major photography trade organizations: EP, ASMP, APA and NPPA will be at a hearing next Thursday, June 3 at 2PM at 125 Worth Street auditorium. If you are in the city that day, your attendance would be greatly appreciated!

If that’s not possible, please do the next best thing and sign the online petition saying “NO“!


~ by pthomaslambert on May 28, 2010.

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