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Latest Progress Report Shows Encouraging Long-Term Results   

The latest annual Progress Report on California's expanded Film & Television Tax Credit Program 2.0 shows significant long-term gains in below-the-line employment, as well as a growing volume of production in regions outside the Los Angeles 30-Mile Zone. 

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In its first two years, Program 2.0 attracted or retained more than 100 film and television projects generating an estimated $3.7 billion in direct in-state spending, including $1.4 billion in below-the-line wages.

 

Independent third-party data from the major guilds and unions affirms the good news regarding employment. Members covered under the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans have benefitted from a sustained 12 percent increase in hours worked since Program 2.0 went into effect. 


"Last year's positive short-term results for Program 2.0 have evolved into sustained and very encouraging long-term results in this year's report,"
said CFC Executive Director Amy Lemisch. "The expanded tax credit program is working as intended and having a real impact."

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 CFC State Partners Nominated for 23rd Annual COLAs

December 17 Ceremony to Honor Industry Pros and Public Employees Who Support In-State Production

Two esteemed members of the CFC support team - Deputy State Fire Marshal Ramiro Rodriguez and Caltrans Film Liaison Roger San Juan - have been named finalists for the 23rd California On-Location Awards (COLAs), which will be presented Sunday, December 17th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 


Both are nominated in the State Public Employee Category for their dedication, collaborative spirit and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty to solve problems.

The COLAs recognize location managers and public employees who help facilitate on-location production across the Golden State. This year's awards will be presented amid a spirit of rising optimism as the state's Film & Television Tax Credit Program 2.0 helps reaffirm California's status as the world's production capital. More than 500 attendees are expected at this year's invitation-only awards ceremony. 

 

The awards program is produced by Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), a professional organization of film offices from across California that promote and facilitate in-state filming. 

 
The CFC congratulates all of this year's COLA nominees. 


For more information, visit www.californiaonlocationawards.com.

 

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Michael Nyman Elected CFC Board Chair

The California Film Commission's Board of Directors has elected Michael Nyman, chairman and CEO of entertainment PR firm PMK*BNC, to serve as CFC chair for the 2018 term. He will replace long-time Chair Steve Dayan of Teamsters Local 399, who will remain on the board. 

 

Nyman was appointed to serve on the CFC board in 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. He is regarded as an authority when it comes to bridging the worlds of entertainment and brands. Highlights of his nearly 30-year career include leading the 2009 merger of his prior firm - Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (BNC) with entertainment publicity powerhouse PMK. Today, he is responsible for operating the 250-person firm serving a roster of more than 800 entertainment and Fortune 500 clients. 

Other changes to the Film Commission's Board include the election of IATSE 2nd International Vice President and Local 80 Business Manager Thom Davis as vice chair, and DeKoven Entertainment President Lindy DeKoven as secretary. 

 

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More Session Videos Added for 2017 Film in California Conference


For those who couldn't attend this year's Film in California Conference (or were there, but didn't get to check out all the sessions) we're pleased to share videos of the four panels, as well as the presentation of the California Golden Slate Award to Shondaland's Betsy Beers. Enjoy!

 

Jason George Presenting Betsy Beers with the California Golden Slate Award

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State Film/TV Fire Safety Officer (FSO) Training Course in the Spotlight

Individuals from across California and around the nation were in Burbank October 10-12 for the state's latest Fire Safety Officer Training Course. The FSO training program is designed for fire prevention, suppression and investigation officers, special effects technicians, stunt coordinators, location managers, risk managers and others who interact with the entertainment industry in a safety capacity. 

 

For more than two decades, this one-of-a-kind program has provided students with a basic knowledge of film production fire safety, both on the studio lot and location filming. The training incorporates live pyrotechnic special effects and stunt demonstrations, special guest speakers, product orientation and videos from different films.

The course is taught four times each year at various locations. It saves lives and boosts California's competitive advantage as a production locale. The recent course in Burbank scored some great media coverage.