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LA cuts permit costs for small digital filming


Los Angeles will cut the cost of filming permits for small and digital-first projects, as part of new a pilot programme.

The Digital Makers Initiative will come into effect from this October and will make it easier and cheaper for small digital projects to film on location and on stages in the city.

Participating producers will have very small crews and will be charged a $250 fee to undergo a production training programme organised by permitting agency FilmLA.

Los Angeles has always been home to pioneers of the entertainment industry and we should take down barriers to the kind of creative, future-minded innovation that small digital filmmakers represent,” said Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles. 

“The Digital Makers Initiative will help us make sure that LA – with all of our beautiful scenery, iconic landmarks and unmatched production resources – remains accessible to them.”

Prolific production of low-budget digital shorts is driving demand for studio space in Los Angele, with the filming of online content in the city soaring nearly 50% in 2016, according to figures from FilmLA.

“LA is home to so many talented makers, creators and artists who are innovating in the media and entertainment space,” said Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, one of the most prolific producer of digital shorts in Los Angeles. 

“We’re grateful to Mayor Garcetti for embracing the city’s thriving digital filmmaking community and honoured to support this effort.”

For more ion filming in California, head over to our production guide

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