Is the fix in for choosing a future operator of San Diego’s putative new taxpayer-funded film commission? So worries an unidentified respondent to the city’s October 29 “request for ideas” regarding setting up a new movie-making promotional agency to take the place of the one abolished two years ago.
“This RFP for ‘Ideas’ is very ambiguous,” complained the would-be applicant in a December 3 addendum to the city’s solicitation. “I can see that the City is just going through the required motions of notification here. My fear is that the contract will inevitably go to the Tourist Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce... I don’t want to waste a lot of time making a proposal, and solving the City’s Film Office issue for nothing.”
Answered procurement specialist Maureen Medvedyev: “There is no preconceived or predetermined intent to award the contract to any particular individual or organization.” According to Medvedyev, the city’s request for ideas is “a well proven, neutral, and unbiased approach used in many industries.”
She added, “The intent is that whoever receives the contract to establish and run the San Diego Regional Film Office will be establishing it in such a way that it captures the aspirations and potential of our film industry for the City of San Diego.” The deadline for idea submissions was December 15.