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 coronavirus 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. The cost for fees will be reimbursed from the QLDC Economic Development budget dedicated to film support.
This initiative has been set up to help attract film production back to the district and to support the local film community, which – like many in the district – has been hit hard by the impacts of coronavirus.
QLDC Film Office Coordinator Kahli Scott said, “The idea was sparked by conversations with the local film industry, and we’re pleased to be able to offer this support. Having recently formed an in-Council film office, we want to roll out the welcome mat to productions looking to film in the district.”
The Queenstown Lakes District has welcomed and supported film production for over thirty years, from big-budget feature films to international television commercials. Film generates work for local film crew and vendors and creates flow-on business for hotels, restaurants, retail and more.
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