Film London is launching a centralised online application system and 2012 microsite in a bid to ease the potential disruption to productions caused by the 2012 London Olympics.

In a bid to ensure that film production in the UK capital carries on as usual during the London 2012 Olympics, Film London is launching a special portal which will provide a “single online gateway” for filming in London.

The portal aims to centralize the application system for the first time and will replace the current system which requires applications for filming to go through individual boroughs.

The plan is to keep the new online system in place permanently after the Olympics, streamlining the process for future productions looking to shoot in London.

Film London is also launching a special 2012 microsite, providing advice on filming in London during the Olympics, with practical information on out of bounds areas and alternative locations.

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “The overriding message to the domestic and international industry is that London is open to film-makers throughout the whole of 2012. Film London is here to make your shoot – big or small– possible.”

Mayor Boris Johnson added: “Film production generates over £860m for London each year and we want to attract major stars of the movie making firmament throughout next year, by making it as easy as possible to film here.”

To access the microsite click here