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iW NEWS | New NYC Film Permit Rules Unveiled

iW NEWS | New NYC Film Permit Rules Unveiled

After a recent public outcry and subsequent feedback from filmmakers and photographers, New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (MOFTB) Commissioner Katherine Oliver unveiled a new permit rule proposal that requires a shooting permit, “if production equipment or vehicles create an obstruction, but not for productions that only use hand-held cameras or tripods that don’t cause an obstruction.” As announced by the IFP late Monday, the complete rules are available via a PDF on the MOFTB website. The next step in the process will include a public comment period and hearing for reactions to the proposal. “During the rule drafting process, our intention has always been to balance the needs of filmmakers working in New York City with concerns about congestion in public places, traffic flow and public safety,” said Commissioner Oliver, in a statement. “We have taken into consideration the issues that were raised by numerous groups and individuals during the comment period and have addressed those points in this new draft.” [Eugene Hernandez]

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