Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland as a filming location. The University of Maryland is a major public research university and flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. Our 1200 acre campus is located in College Park, Maryland in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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Obtaining Approval to Film on Campus
Film Request Assessment Criteria:
Requests will be approved based largely on whether the filming has primarily commercial, artistic, educational, philanthropic or public information objectives. Filming that is demonstrably for these purposes will be approved in the event that it will not interfere with normal University business. The University reserves the right to deny permission to film on campus. When assessing applications, the University responsibilities include:
Ensure the safe and efficient use of the University by its students staff and visitors
Protect the physical state and value of University assets
Protect and enhance the University's academic, community and commercial reputation and interests
Minimizing disruption to the University's core activities
Important Guidelines and Procedures for Requesting Permission to Film on the University of Maryland Campus:
Request to Film Applications must be submitted to the University Communications Office, to the attention of Pam Lloyd, no later than 10 business days prior to the day you wish to film. Upon receipt, your application will be reviewed and you will be notified in a timely manner concerning your request.
News related interviews with University of Maryland faculty or staff does not require a Film Agreement or a filming fee, however interviews must be coordinated with a Media Relations Associate, in the Office of University Communications: 301-405-4621.
Requests to film in a University of Maryland athletics facility must be approved and coordinated through the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Contact: Josh Kaplan at 301-314-9729, or Nick Lofaro at 301-314-7071.
Students wishing to film on campus for class projects or film festivals must fill out an application and sign a Student Film Agreement.
Once approval has been granted to film, the specifics of the request will be coordinated and incorporated into a formal Film Agreement to be signed by a representative of the university and the production company. No filming can proceed until both parties sign this agreement. Parties will be notified and invoiced up front of any fees involving the shoot, and payment must be made prior to the first day of filming.
All indoor filming that does not involve a University of Maryland faculty or staff requires the production company to pay for Public Safety Officer Escorts to be present during the entire shoot, based on the authorized locations in the Film Agreement.
For requests to film movies and television shows where the University of Maryland is identified in the filming, a copy of the script must be forwarded for review when you submit your application. A refusal may result if any element of the script is not congruent with the University's brand.
A location filming fee of $500.00 per day is required for non-news/commercial filming that does not include a member of our faculty or staff, and is due prior to the first day of filming. If you are filming University of Maryland faculty or staff and will not be identifying them or the University of Maryland in the filming or credits, you are required to pay the location fee.
A Certificate of Insurance for $1,000,000 with a 30-day cancellation notice, which names the University of Maryland as an additional insured.
Depending on the project, a refundable security deposit of $1000.00 may be required to cover possible damages during the shoot.
Based on the needs of your project, other service fees may apply. The following services can be provided at the prevailing rate charged by the relevant campus department, and these will be revealed and billed up front:
Use of selected facilities where rental fees apply
Daily parking permits
Public Safety escorts for commercial filming shot indoors
Staff liaisons in labs, resident halls and classrooms
Production Companies: Download and submit (email/fax) a UMD Film Request Application, with at least 10 days' notice:
The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 17 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 30 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10 and 71 in the Top 25. The Institute of Higher Education (Jiao Tong University, Shanghai), which ranks the world's top universities based on research, puts Maryland at No. 38 in the world and No. 13 among U.S. public universities. For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Maryland ranked in the top 10 of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's list of Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011-12.The university has produced six Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 40 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The university is recognized for its diversity, with underrepresented students comprising one-third of the student population. For more information about the University of Maryland, visit www.umd.edu.