New York, NY –
Low-budget New York City filmmakers are worried about a new $300 film permit charge. The filmmakers say the one-time charge is a drop in the bucket for productions with multimillion dollar budgets, but a student film's total budget may not exceed $300.
"Ninety percent of our students not only do not have trust funds, but they have jobs to support themselves, they take on massive debt," said Richard Brick, a film and television producer on Columbia’s graduate film program's faculty. "So, I would say they’re among the most impoverished educated people in the country."
The Mayor's Office of Film Theatre & Broadcasting says that the new permit fees can be waived for applicants who demonstrate unreasonable hardship.
A public hearing on the new $300 fee is scheduled for Thursday.