FILM COMMISSIONS

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AFCI member film commissions offer production companies a complete range of pre-production services through a central contact point. Whether you’re in film, episodic television or commercials, they can help! 

WHAT THEY OFFER

The benefits of working with film commissions are ever-expanding as they meet the ever-changing global production demands. Each film commission offers a unique range of free and paid services. Ask your commission about the following.

Accurate & Timely Info

Up-to-date information about local crew depth, stage facilities and other infrastructure to help you plan your production.

Location Suggestions

Assistance with site location photography, regional scouting services, bespoke location presentations to help you assess locations.

Process Guidance

Direction and clarification on local film procedure, permits and guidelines to prevent delays and help you work efficiently

Personal Liaisons

Access to government departments and agencies, and connections to local communities to help your production gain local support.

Incentives

Receive tax incentives, rebates or other economic benefits to help reduce the costs of production. 

FAQs

What is a film commission

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Their primary responsibility is to attract film and video production to their area to accrue the locally-realized benefits of hiring local crews and talent, renting local equipment, using hotel rooms, rental cars, catering services, or any number of goods and services supplied on location.

While attracting business to their area, they also attract visitors. Film scenes at a particular location are in themselves “soft-sell” vehicles that also promote that location as a desirable site for future tourism and industry

Established by cities, counties, states, provinces or federal governments, film commissions are generally operated and funded by various agencies of government, such as the governor’s office, the mayor’s office, the county board of supervisors, chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus, travel commissions, and business and economic development departments as well as non-profits. 

No. About 50% of AFCI member film commissions can offer incentives for their region. 

EMERGING REGIONS

In today’s highly competitive environment, film commissions are becoming an economic necessity – an integral ingredient in attracting film productions and revenue to a region. AFCI works to support emerging regions in the industry create the infrastructure, workforce and knowledge they need to partner with studios.

HISTORY OF FILM COMMISSIONS

During the late 1940s, the first film commission was formed in the United States in response to the need for film companies to have a local government liaison who could coordinate police, state trooper, and highway patrols; road and highway departments; fire departments; park rangers and other essential municipal and government services for shooting a production on location. According to AFCI archives, George White established the Moab Film Commission as an offshoot of the Moab Chamber of Commerce in 1949. “In existence for 60 years, the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission holds the title of the longest running film commission in North America.”

“Utah Native George White saw the need for a film commission when John Ford had expressed such interest in the Moab and Monument Valley areas. Originating with Stagecoach in 1939, and filming Wagon Master ten years later, Mr. White officially established the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission in 1949.” Vanity Fair also ran an article that talked about Harry Goulding being responsible for bringing Hollywood attention to Moab/Monument Valley. As a result of the rich filming history, the Moab area has an established crew base and ample production services capable of accommodating just about any project, large or small.

The Colorado Film Commission was the first “government-sanctioned” film commission in 1969. Karol Smith was the first official film commissioner. Colorado is recognized as the first AFCI film commission and, obviously, a charter member. As more production companies began to look beyond the limits of a regular production center for realistic and varied locations, more cities and states began to see the need for production coordination liaison. They were also keenly aware of the economic benefits brought by film and video production companies to their areas. The AFCI was officially incorporated in Washington, D.C. in 1983.

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