Free Film Commission List for Film and Video Productions
Get some local help on your next production with this free film commission list.
Film commissions can be an incredibly valuable resource for filmmakers trying to find important information about their next shooting location. If you’re not already familiar, a film commission is a quasi-governmental organization that serves as a liaison between filmmakers and the community. Film commissions can help filmmakers in a number of different ways, including:
- Finding crew
- Finding locations
- Equipment discounts
- Permits and releases
In short, film commissions can save you a ton of time in the pre-production process. So if you’re looking to shoot in a new location, you should definitely call the local film commission in the early stages of pre-production.
Film commissions come in a variety of sizes depending on your location. For example, in Texas there is a State Film Commission and a Dallas Film Commission. Depending on the size and scale of your production, you will need to contact the appropriate office. To help you along your filmmaking journey, we’ve compiled the contact information for the film commissions of all 50 states and Washington D.C.
Film commissions aren’t just limited to helping out those interested in shooting a feature film. A film commission is also a fantastic resource for VFX work, short films, commercial shoots, and documentary production. A lot of times a film commission will have a public job board with filmmaking jobs in their area of coverage.
A film commission can also be a good resource to use after production, as most film commissions have an active role in hosting film festivals and conferences. If your film paints their state in a good light, they might even give you a grant to shoot!
Using the Free Film Commission List
This form is meant to be saved and used for future reference. On the form, you will find the phone numbers, mailing addresses, and websites of the film commissions from all 50 states. The information is accurate as of spring of 2015.
Want to learn more about working with film commissions? Check out a few of the following resources:
- Film Commission Locations – AFCI
- How to Work with a Commission – AFCI
- Film Commissions – Directors Guild of America
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