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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

Dunedin has a rich film history. From award-winning feature films and world leading documentaries to homegrown shorts and innovative music videos, Dunedin's screen industry continues to support a dynamic creative economy.

Contemporary Dunedin is immersed in film-friendly activity and enterprise. Diverse academic programmes, events and festivals engage practitioners and citizens in the creative economy, encourage community participation in arts and cultural activities, showcase the regions expertise, and stimulate tourism and investment in Dunedin. See NZ On Screen website (link to external website, new window)

The Dunedin Shanghai Sister City relationship now more than 20 years old has opened opportunities for film and screen related cooperation between the two cities.

Regional Film Office

Enterprise Dunedin is home to the office of Film Dunedin. Film Dunedin provides support and advocacy for both incoming and home-grown film projects to secure film permits, industry connections, logistical and business support as required. Film Dunedin is a partner in Film Otago Southland and an active member of Regional Film Offices of New Zealand network. (RFONZ)

Film Dunedin can help with location suggestions throughout the scouting stage. We have an extensive database of location images. We can research locations, provide location access information and support projects to access various locations. We can introduce you to local facilities and crew for film work and also recommend the Film Otago Southland industry directory (link to external website, new window).

We can provide liaison and introduction to our colleagues across Dunedin City Council and provide permit advice and support. We can also provide connection to central government and other relevant agencies locally.

Film Location Fee Policy

A Film Permit is required for all filming activity in the Dunedin City area, a copy of the policy can be downloaded from the related information section.

You may apply using the online application form or the editable pdf application form from the related information section.

This table contains the fees and charges for the 2017/18 year. Commercial filming is the digital or film recording of any visual moving image for the purpose of advertising a product of service or the creation of a product for sales.

To find out more about the film industry and support for your business, contact Antony Deaker on 03 477 4000, email

This table contains the Economic Development fees and charges for the 2018/19 year.

Film Permit Fee
Fee for a permit to conduct commercial film activity in public places (per day) $500.00
Fee for a permit to conduct commercial film activity in public places (per half day) $250.00

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