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Thursday 5th December
14th December 2009
A collective commitment by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Film New Zealand (Film NZ) to improve the permit process has streamlined the Code of Practice for Filming on Public Conservation Lands.
Sue Thompson, Acting CEO of Film NZ says that the national film office is keen to develop a long-term strategic relationship with DOC so that the screen production industry can demonstrate its commitment to environmental protection.
"During the consulting process around the revised Code of Practice, Film New Zealand proposed that the industry be encouraged to adopt sustainable filming practices which would become an integral part of the revision. This fits exactly in line with Film NZ's current work around sustainable practices as evidenced in our website, Greening the Screen."
Al Morrison, Director-General, Department of Conservation says the Code of Practice will help clarify responsibilities regarding filming on public conservation land. "It's our job to ensure that protection of sensitive sites remains paramount, but we also appreciate the value of the screen production industry to New Zealand."
Ms Thompson says that Film NZ needs to work closely with DOC to create a nationally consistent concession framework. "We put forward the idea that DOC establishes a national Screen Desk . We are very pleased that the Department has adopted this streamlined approach and that DOC understands our needs."
Mr Morrison also wants to 'fast track' the applications for permits to film. Appreciating that timeframes for filming vary considerably, Morrison says that, "DOC is going to 'oil the wheels a bit' to ensure the permitting process is as efficient as possible based on realistic filming timeframes. We want to keep the cameras rolling because, at the end of the day, all New Zealanders benefit from a healthy film industry in a healthy natural environment."
The Code of Practice, first drawn up in 2005, is designed to provide film crews with guidance and assistance to help them to conduct filming activities on public conservation lands in such a way that the natural values will be protected.
Film NZ is the independent industry-led national film office, supported by Government with core operating funding from Ministry of Economic Development, supplemented by the New Zealand Film Commission, project funding from NZ Trade &Enterprise/Investment NZ, and contributions from key sponsors and screen production industry members. Its services are employed by New Zealand filmmakers as well as those from overseas.
For additional comments: Film New Zealand Acting CEO Sue Thompson 04-385-0766, Department of Conservation Commercial Manager Harry Maher (03) 378-9595.
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