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Request to Film on City Property

  1. Please complete and submit this form at least 2 weeks prior to the anticipated film date. You will be notified of the Superintendent's decision at least 24 hours in advance of the film shoot. If approved, the signed approval letter must be available at the site of the film shoot.

  2. Provide a brief but thorough description of the scene you wish to film. Be sure to indicate any action(s) that might be construed as violent and/or alarming to passers by. Indicate any special needs related to traffic or pedestrians.

  3. Is this scene considered a "violent" scene?*

    Violent scenes are those that include violence, including fake fighting, or use prop or real weapons. For violent scene requests, certificates of insurance must state coverage for the violence or use of a prop/real weapon. The city reserves the right to change the limits based on the application, and depending on the scene, may require more than two weeks to process the request.

  4. Do you agree to clearly post the area around the film shoot with signs indicating to passers by that there is a film shoot in process and they should not be alarmed by actions or the use of weapons during the shoot? Signs should be made out of poster board, with large bold type, placed around the entire shoot area.*

  5. Do you agree that if at any time during the shoot, you are asked to stop filming by the Ithaca Police Department, you will do so immediately?*

  6. Note: Ithaca College Students must report to the Risk Management Office on campus to obtain the certificate of insurance and notify the office of your filming plans. Failure to do so may delay your approval to film on city property.

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  7. A certificate of liability insurance must be provided. If you have it, you may upload a pdf file. If not, please e-mail it to kgehring@cityofithaca.org.

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