You might be worrying that there will be different authorities, so many paperwork, language barriers etc.
This is where we step in and make life easier for you. Keep in mind that we are based in Istanbul but help with film permits and production support all around Turkey.
Here is a step by step guide (and checklist) on applying for general filming permission for Turkey. This will help your team to be recognized as a film crew while entering the country and be on the safe side during your stay.
The form should be completed and signed by either the producer or the director of the crew.
Keep in mind that Cinema department will also ask for passport copies of every crew member as well as a list of filming equipment that you plan to bring into the country.
You will also be asked to send an additional statement signed by the producer stating that "a copy of the finished work will be sent to the film office after it's release."
Remember that it is "obligatory to have at least one host who is a citizen of the Turkish Republic" to apply for the filming permission.
One very important point for film permit application is to clearly state the content of your shoot on the form. You will be asked to describe your intent in couple of sentences.
When all the documents are ready, they have to be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably CC'ed with your local production partner or fixer in Turkey. The fixer has to do a follow up to make sure that the film office received the documents to get the ball rolling.
How long does it take to obtain a general filming permit? Well, it's 90% up to how intact your application is.
With our help, our production partners usually get the general permits within a week.
But we always advice to apply minimum 2 weeks before filming because, as a matter of fact, obtaining the general filming permit does NOT mean you can film wherever you want in Turkey.
There are second or even third layer local authorities to apply depending on where you want to film.
(city directorates of culture and tourism, local municipalities, police departments etc.)
The good news is, you don't really need to worry much about the rest since we will be dealing with most of it and all we will need is some extra time.
Our job is to make your filming experience as smooth as possible. Good luck!
*If you already have the filming permit in hand, you might also want to check the information about Turkey filming visa. Please contact us if you have questions regarding the filming permissions.