Fifth Annual Made in Hollywood Honors Celebrates California Film Excellence

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In February, FilmL.A. was proud to support the fifth annual Made in Hollywood Honors (MIHH), together with the Los Angeles City Council and seven other MIHH partner organizations.  The Awards took place on the Heart of Hollywood Terrace at 1600 VINE, which stands on the historic site of the Hollywood Brown Derby in Los Angeles. Each winter, the MIHH program salutes … Read More

FilmL.A. Continues Support for Community Film Screenings

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FilmL.A. continues to work with City and County partners to bring free summer entertainment to local neighborhoods! FilmL.A., in partnership with the offices of the Los Angeles City Council, local Neighborhood Councils, community organizations and the film industry has worked to help bring free outdoor movie screenings to neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.  Taking many forms, such as film licensing fees, … Read More

City Council Extends Facility Fee Waiver Program

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In December, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an extension of its City Facilities Location Fee Waiver Program, to wide film industry approval. For five years, the program has aided local filmmakers by waiving facility use fees for productions shot on City-controlled properties like Los Angeles City Hall, City libraries, and law enforcement facilities.  Only a handful of City … Read More

FilmL.A. Supports Filmmakers Sharing Their L.A.

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On October 20, New Filmmakers LA produced its second annual short film competition celebrating Los Angeles’ cultural diversity.   On Location: The Los Angeles Video Project played at the downtown AT&T Center to a packed house. The films screened at the event answered the question: “What is your L.A.?”  The program gave filmmakers a chance to use the medium of film … Read More

Support for Film Industry Does Not Negate Its Responsibilities

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Filmmakers are seeing a lot to like about Los Angeles these days.  Not since the City and County of Los Angeles collaborated to create FilmL.A. and streamline the film permit process in 1995 has the City shown such a concerted effort to support the filmed entertainment industry. However, recognizing the importance of the film industry does not negate the responsibility … Read More

Film U: City Council Film Liaisons Get Educated

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In October 2009, the Los Angeles City Council passed a series of nineteen recommendations designed to make the City more film-friendly.  One of the recommendations was to have each council office designate a film liaison to be that office’s point person on film issues.  On June 24th, FilmL.A. hosted a day-long training session that provided these liaisons an in-depth look … Read More

New Council Committee Entertains Filming

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The Los Angeles City Council’s Jobs and Business Development Committee has been assigned oversight of filming issues, which until recently were under the City’s Public Works Committee.  Councilman Richard Alarcón has been appointed Chair of “Jobs” and has committed to an aggressive agenda to make it easier to film in Los Angeles.   The committee met on September 22 to … Read More

“Ugly” Motion Brings Lovely Results

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On March 26th, the Los Angeles City Council passed what became known as the “Ugly Betty” package of recommendations designed to make it easier to film in Los Angeles. The blueprint for the seven-point package approved by Council was a report by the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office (CLA) on runaway production, which Councilmembers Garcetti and Greuel called for after the … Read More