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State bows online permits

System enables more time to assist professionals

The California Film Commission has launched an online system to simplify the permitting process for shooting on state-owned property.

“This innovative system will make it easier for all filmmakers — from students to major studios — to produce films in California,” said Sunne Wright McPeak, secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which oversees the California Film Commission.

Amy Lemisch, director of the commission, said the new system enables staff to spend less time physically processing permits and more time answering questions and assisting the public and industry professionals.

“We receive upward of 40,000 requests for information each year — sometimes as many as 150 calls per day,” she said.

Under a second phase scheduled to be introduced in the next 60 days, state agencies and departments will be able to review film permits online.

From 1997-2004, the commission processed 15,864 film permits accounting for 31,471 shooting days on state-owned property. Online system is located at www.film.ca.gov.

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