Student Filming

The Essex Film Office supports and encourages the growth of the UK and regional film industries and can waive the cost of the Film Permit for student productions in some cases. For more information on student filming in Essex, contact us or complete the Student Filming Application.

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Application Process

When considering a filming project, it is important to consider some factors such as where you want to film.


If you are looking to film in Essex’s public spaces such as roads, pavements, footpaths, parks or beaches then you will need a permit.

If you are planning to film at a private property you will need to find out who owns the property and ask their permission the Essex Film Office is here to support, you in finding and securing your perfect location.

The Essex Film Office will work with all productions throughout the approval process. To film your production in Essex, you will need to follow these steps:

1. Read the Filming in Essex Codes of Practice
2. Contact the Film Office
3. Determine the best location for filming
4. Complete and submit these documents to the Film Office:

o Film Permit Application
o Certificate of Insurance
o Risk Assessment – you can see an example of a risk assessment form here
o Method statement where necessary

5. Once you have permissions to film you will need to distribute a notification letter to any nearby residential and commercial addresses in or near to where filming will take place. You should distribute this letter at least five working days prior to your proposed filming date to allow for feedback from residents or businesses.

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Important to Note

The application process may take up to two weeks, however you should allow at least one month before your shoot is scheduled to take place.

Once your application is approved, proof of permission is always required onsite.

If your project will involve children, animals, actors playing policemen, real or fake weapons, special effects, fires, moving vehicles, staging of a crime, filming at night or interrupting traffic on roads and paths, you will need to allow extra time for your application to be processed.


Contact for advice

If you are unsure on how to proceed or simply need any further advice contact the Film Office.

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