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Arizona Eliminates Fee to Shoot on State Lands

Arizona Eliminates Fee to Shoot on State Lands

by Mark Rabinowitz

The state of Arizona has eliminated the permit fee for shooting on state
lands, it was announced on Friday. While this change in policy doesn’t
affect places like the Grand Canyon (administered by the Federal
government), it does enable indie filmmakers to shoot on 113,417 square
miles of land scattered throughout the state, including all lands
administered by the Arizona Department of Land. Previously, the fee for a
permit was $500/day. In a prepared statement, Arizona Film Commissioner
Linda Petersonn Warren said, “Our no-cost policy for location filming on
state lands targets value for filmmakers. It means an even more attractive
bottom line for producers who film in Arizona.” In fiscal year 1997, there
were an average of 3.8 productions shooting in Arizona that originated
outside of the state.

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