Student Film Permit fees - NYC
  • Petitioned Michael Bloomburg

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor, City of New York
Michael Bloomburg
The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
Katherine Oliver

Student Film Permit fees - NYC

    1. Robert Nickson
    2. Petition by

      Robert Nickson

      new york, NY

Film permits were always free to attract and support filmmaking in New York City. Recently the city decided to charge for permits to shoot films.  The current fee structure of 300 dollar per film permit fee is the same for a 100 million dollar studio backed picture as it is for a 500 dollar student film shoot. Student filmmakers are the future of filmmaking in the city and cannot afford to pay the same as a media conglomerate. To be fair, and support students, fees should be scaled so a picture with over a 60 million budget would pay a 10,000 fee, 20-60 million a 5,000 fee, 10-20 million a 2500 fee, 1-10 million a 1500 fee, a 0.5-1 million a 500 fee, less than .5 million a 200 fee, and student productions a 25 dollar fee. Thus the wealthy big budget films using the streets and city of New York are supporting student filmmakers and low budget indies that are their very own future. How many Hollywood Directors and Producers learned their craft as student filmmakers on the streets of New York? We need to support the future with a fair fee structure, not in effect a flat tax that penalizes the poor and favors the rich.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. It is nice to see so much early support from both New Yorkers and others.

      Robert Nickson
      Petition Organizer

      It seems many of you (not just NYer's) realize the correctness of an equitable fee structure. Some will say a 10,000 permit fee for a large studio picture will scare them away. I know not, as 10,000 is only 0.01% of a 100 million budget, and studios will easily pay that to have "Gotham" as the background. The other permit fees are designed to be affordable for the production given the budget levels. The graduated fee structure supports low budget indie films and student films that are the future of the industry. The mayor and the commissioner need to realize the necessity of supporting the development of the future by facilitating low budget and student productions with appropriate permit fees.

    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • B N BRONX, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      There should not be a fee. NYC has fees for everything now. Just another way to tax us all to death.

      • almost 3 years ago
    • Angela Zito NY, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      These are often my own students!!

    • Sehaj Sethi BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am a student filmmaker and the current permit fee makes it extremely difficult to incorporate the city of New York in my films. With so many productions filming in the city at any time, I do not understand why a staggered pricing structure can't be implemented.

    • Joseph Lavin NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Student films and low-budget shoots are the foundation of a healthy film industry in NYC. Permit fees that cripple small films and student shoots will ultimately degrade both the quality and quantity of big-budget film-making in New York City. The entertainment industry, the tourism industry and the economy of the city, as a whole, will all suffer as a result. High permitting fees for student and low-budget films is simply bad policy.


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