Nearly a dozen schools in Toronto may soon become the venue of shooting of films and TV programs thanks to a new pilot project, which will simplify and speed up the permitting process. According to the mayor of Toronto John Tory, before he was “too cumbersome” for the fast-paced film industry.
In the framework of the pilot project, which, according to plan, will last until June next year, 11 schools belonging to the school Board Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will give “prior authorization” for their shots. For these places the deadline for issuance of film permits will be 72 hours and will be provided special rates for shooting films and TV shows.
This project will also create jobs for students in the TDSB, where they will undergo training in the film industry in Toronto.
“One of the things that we say when meeting representatives of the industry − what they want us to have more places to create movies and television shows, and so we made it easier for them to use these places, − said the mayor of Toronto John Tory is making a statement about Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, which will be one of the educational institutions, pre-approved for filming. Is a direct response to such statements.”
However, the time of the film and television production in 11 schools in the TDSB will be limited mainly to the summer months, night hours and weekends during the school year.
Tori stressed that this is a great initiative as it will benefit the industry in two different ways. He said that the simplification of the permitting process will provide companies access to 11 schools, which has long been “a very desirable city for the film industry”, but previously they were difficult to use because of the complex permitting process.
Second, the noted Tory, this joint program will help to bring to Toronto the next generation of workers in the sphere of cinema and television.