Film SF works with film schools, universities, and colleges to help students get a permit to film class assignments in SF.
You do not have to pay Film SF daily use fees to shoot a student project. There may be other fees associated with other agencies, depending on the filming activity.
Your school must provide the minimum required insurance coverage for your student film. You do not need to provide worker’s compensation.
Make sure the school’s certificate of insurance includes your name and shoot dates. Include the certificate of insurance with your permit application.
You can claim an auto liability waiver on your permit application if you will:
- Not be using a vehicle for filming
- Only taking public transit to and from the shoot location
You will need to show proof of auto liability if you are doing any of the following.
Driving to and from the shoot location
Email a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card to email@example.com.
Using a vehicle for filming
If you are filming a moving vehicle (inside or outside), email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A copy of your driver’s license
- Proof of up to $1 million auto liability coverage
Renting a production vehicle
Email to email@example.com:
- Driver’s license copies of the people renting and driving the vehicle
- Proof of buying the rental car company’s supplemental auto liability insurance (up to $1 million) in your rental contract
Other permit application instructions
When filling out the permit application, make sure:
- The contractor (page 1) and production company (page 8) lines should be listed as “(Name of school)/(Name of student)” like “San Francisco State University / John Doe”
- Use the school’s address as the “Company Address” on page 8
Include with your permit application:
- A copy of your student ID
- Certificate of insurance
- A copy of the script, or pages pertaining to the locations you’re requesting (not required for still photography)