QLDC Film Office offers film permit fee relief

Posted Tuesday 07 Jul 2020

The newly established Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Film Office will dedicate $10,000 toward permit fee relief for film production activity taking place on Council land as a COVID-19 recovery initiative. Currently, fees for filming on QLDC land are typically $500/day for filming and $300/day for photography of a commercial nature. This relief scheme will allow productions an initial two days' fee-free filming on council land.

Quick facts about the QLDC Film Permit Fee Relief scheme:

Applies to filming on Council-owned land only

Productions will still be required to obtain an approved film permit through the regular process via APL Property

The film permit fees will be reimbursed from the QLDC film office (Economic Development) budget

The scheme has a current cap of $10,000, and the relief will be applied on a first-come first-served basis

For any questions, please get in touch with the QLDC Film Office Coordinator Kahli Scott: kahli.scott@qldc.govt.nz

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