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The California Film Commission (CFC) enhances California's status as the leader in motion picture, television and commercial production.


A one-stop office for filmmakers, the Commission supports productions of all sizes and budgets. In addition to managing the Film & Television Tax Credit program,  services include an extensive digital location library, free online permitting, low cost use of state properties as shooting locations, and production assistance.





Steven Bernstein


'Decoding Annie Parker' was a hard film to get off the ground, despite a great cast and crew that wanted to stay in LA.  

When we got the California Tax credit it all came together. We had a team that would have been the envy of any $20 million production, but ours cost only three.  The combination of super high quality, low cost, no travel and no hassle could happen only in California. Without the state tax credit this film wouldn't have been made."

Steven Bernstein
Decoding Annie Parker   
(Fall 2013 Release) 


The California Film Commission offers FREE permits for filming on state property. State-owned properties generally assess a fee only to recover out-of-pocket costs such as monitoring services and parking. There are so many state-owned locations to choose from, so keep us in mind as your low-cost location option.

Visit CFC's website for more info.


May 14th*      


10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Augutst 9th*

Los Angeles

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


November 8th*

Los Angeles

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


*dates subject to change 


Summer 2012

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CFC's 8th Annual Locations Breakfast  


Creative Team Behind "The Call" Explains How Tax Credits Helped Keep Production in California  


Panelists (from left) Michael Burmeister, Guy Louthan and
Franco Carbone from "The Call," with moderator Kim Masters.
Exec. Producer Louthan Lauds  California's Tax Credit Program
"God bless the California tax credit," declared Guy Louthan, executive producer of the Halle Berry thriller "The Call."

That was one of many memorable comments made during a panel discussion at the California Film Commission's 8th Annual Locations Breakfast, held Friday, April 19th at the London Hotel in West Hollywood.

More than 200 producers, studio executives, regional film commissioners, labor leaders and journalists packed the hotel's ballroom to hear Louthan, along with production designer Franco Carbone and location manager Michael Burmeister, discuss "The Call" and their very successful experience with the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program. Moderated by Kim Masters (host of KCRW's "The Business"), the panel chronicled how the project was placed 83rd on the waiting list and set to shoot in Canada, before Louthan and his team got word that they qualified for the California tax credit.  
CFC Executive Director
Amy Lemisch (center) with Board Members Megan McGuinness and Fred Baron
Attendees also heard an address from Riley Ray Robbins of Governor Brown's Office of Business & Economic Development, as well as an update from CFC's Amy Lemisch on the status of California's tax credit program.

View additional photos from the event here

Mark Your Calendar  


Submit Applications June 3rd for California's Next $100 Million Round of Tax Credits  

The California Film Commission will begin accepting applications on Monday, June 3rd for the  next $100 million round of the state's Film & Television Tax Credit Program.

While applications will continue to be accepted after June 3rd, the Film Commission strongly advises those seeking credits to apply on that day in order to be included in the annual tax credit lottery.

The lottery process is unique to California given that demand for our tax credits far exceeds supply. It is held each year to determine which projects receive tax credits and which are placed on the waiting list. Many of those on the waiting list will ultimately receive credits, as approved projects withdraw from the program due to scheduling delays or other production-related issues.

To be included in the lottery, application packets must be delivered to the Film Commission's office (7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 900, Hollywood, CA 90028) on June 3rd between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Each packet received during that period will be assigned a lottery number and included in the drawing that begins at 3:30 pm. Projects will be selected at random until the entire $100 million in tax credits is exhausted. Remaining projects will be placed on the waiting list. All applicants will be notified of their status the following day (June 4th).

More information, including the application form and detailed instructions, is available on CFC's Website.

CFC and FLICS Expand Locations Tradeshow into Full-Fledged Conference

Nearly 300 industry professionals attended the newly expanded CFC/FLICS event at The Water Garden in Santa Monica.
Location managers Barry Gremillion and Jill Naumann at the event's first panel session
On Saturday, April 20th, the California Film Commission and Film Liaisons In California Statewide (FLICS) hosted the California Locations Conference at The Water Garden complex in Santa Monica.   
Formerly called the "California Locations Tradeshow," the newly
expanded event marked its sixth year by adding a series of panel discussions featuring top industry professionals. Panel moderators included CFC Executive Director Amy Lemisch and KNX 1070's Frank Mottek, host of the top-rated "Business Hour" program.
Networking and wine tasting with FLICS-member film offices
The focus was on helping film, TV and commercial professionals learn more about the incredibly diverse locations and resources available across the Golden State. In addition, attendees sampled great food and wine from dozens of regions represented by FLICS-member film offices.

(from left) FLICS Chair Beverly Lewis and panelists Mark Indig, Cassandra Hesseltime, Frank Mottek, Amy Lemisch, Trish Hofmann and Geoff Juckes
View additional photos from the event here.  
Did You Know?  

You Can Search CFC's Locations Database by Jurisdiction  

Our online locations database CINEMASCOUT (powered by Reel-Scout) can be browsed and searched by jurisdiction -- from Adelanto to Yucca Valley. This makes it easy to find locations and access permit information for all of California's 60 regional film offices, 482 cities, 58 counties and various state and federal agencies. Give it a try... we promise you'll find what you need.

To search by jurisdiction visit the Film Commission's website and select the "Search Locations" tab followed by the "Jurisdiction Search" tab. You can also access the jurisdiction search form directly at http://ca.reel-scout.com/jur_browse.aspx.

Welcome New/Returning Board Members
The State Legislature recently appointed two experienced public officials -- Assemblymember Mike Gatto and Former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino -- to the California Film Commission's Board of Directors. 

Assemblymember Gatto represents the production- heavy cities of Burbank, Glendale and parts of Hollywood. Mr. Portantino, who termed out of office last year, previously represented Pasadena, La Canada and other parts of the San Gabriel Valley. While in office, Portantino served as the Assembly's representative on the Film Commission Board.  
Featured Location:
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park 
Film Among the Oldest and Largest Living Things on Earth

Just about every surface has something green growing on it at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County. Just off Highway 101, the park is a sanctuary for old-growth coastal redwood trees and offers many different settings -- thick forests, lush fern canyons, winding meadows and beach bluffs  complete with herds of grazing elk. Each setting is different, but they're all impressive and intensely dramatic. The Park has been featured in films such as "The Big Trees" (starring Kirk Douglas) and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," as well as countless commercials and still photo shoots. 

Contact: Humboldt-Del Norte County Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine at 707.825.7600 / filmcommission@rreelinc.org. To view Humboldt County locations, visit http://www.filmhumboldt.org/locations-gallery.

Ticket Giveaway for CFC Newsletter Subscribers 
Score Free Passes to NewFilmmakers  
Los Angeles (NFMLA) Film Festival May 11th

NFMLA is giving away 10 pairs of passes for its next monthly film festival to subscribers of the California Film Commission Newsletter. The festival will be held Saturday, May 11th at AT&T Center in Downtown L.A.

For your chance to win, email info@NFMLA.org using subject line: "CFC Newsletter Subscriber Giveaway." The first 10 CFC newsletter subscribers to reply will each win a pair of passes to the event.

See the May 11th Festival lineup and additional event details on NFMLA's website

In the News 

Below is a sampling of recent
news stories featuring the California Film Commission:



Los Angeles Times

"A Fateful Call Keeps Filming of 'The Call' in L.A." 




"Improvement Comes after Years of L.A. Losing Productions to Other Locations" 



KNX-AM /"The Business Hour"

"California Film/TV Tax Credit Update" 




"California Tax Credit Program Lauded by 'The Call' Producer" 



The Hollywood Reporter

"California Readies for Annual Rush to Dole Out $100 Million in Tax Credits to Filmmakers"