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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. 



Henrik Bastin


"California is where the best film workers in the world work... period!" 

Henrik Bastin
Executive Producer
Amazon Studios original series pilot debuts February 2014


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.


January 31st*

Los Angeles

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


April 22nd*


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


July 25th*

Los Angeles 

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


November 7th*

Los Angeles 

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


*dates subject to change 



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Hollywood, CA 90028




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California Film Commission 

Masthead Image:


Point Cabrillo Lighthouse in Mendocino.  


Photo by Bruce Lewis.  

It's Here... Get Your Copy of 


The debut edition of CFC's LOCATION CALIFORNIA magazine is now available in hard-copy and online.


We previewed it in our Fall newsletter, and now you can get your own copy of LOCATION CALIFORNIA -- the Film Commission's new annual publication highlighting the very best production talent, infrastructure and locations our state has to offer.


LOCATION CALIFORNIA transforms our annual statewide film office directory into a content-rich journal that illustrates why, despite all the competing incentives in other states and countries, there's simply no substitute for filming in California.


The 2014 edition has brief reports and in-depth features including an examination of how Los Angeles has become the world's on-location chameleon, doubling for New York City and other major urban centers. There's also a series of case studies, an overview of how California is leading the charge toward sustainable production, and a gallery highlighting some of the state's most iconic filming locations.


Distribution began at the Sundance Film Festival and will continue at major industry events worldwide including the Berlin International Film Festival (February 6-15), AFCI Locations Show (March 27-29), Cannes International Film Festival (May 14-25) and California Locations Conference (June 28).


You can request the hard-copy magazine via a form on the Film Commission's website (, which also includes a digital version of the full publication. 

Ramiro Rodriguez


Ramiro Rodriguez Appointed State Fire Marshal Liaison

CAL FIRE/Office of the State Fire Marshal has appointed 22-year fire service veteran Ramiro Rodriguez to serve as the agency's new Motion Picture and Entertainment Safety Program Coordinator. 

In his new post, Deputy Rodriguez is tasked with helping ensure productions stay out of harm's way when it comes to special effects, pyrotechnics and anything else fire-related. He previously served as a registered fire training instructor, certified firefighter/fire prevention officer and reserve firefighter with the Porterville Fire Department. 

Deputy Rodrigues began his new job on January 15th, replacing Deputy Cindy Moore, who was promoted to a new supervisory position with CAL FIRE's Fire & Life Safety Division.
Production Alert 

Vacant Courthouses Available for Filming

Interior of the old Long Beach Courthouse, which is now 
available for filming.
The California Film Commission has reached an agreement with the Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Superior Court to gain access for filming at recently closed courthouse facilities.

Filming is now permitted in courtrooms at several closed courthouses in the L.A. area, including Long Beach, West Los Angeles and Whittier. Filming is also permitted at working courthouses, albeit only in exterior areas after business hours.

For more information about filming at closed courthouse facilities, contact Senior Real Estate Analyst Theresa Dunn at the Administrative Office of the Courts: / (818) 558-1245. 

For more information about filming (with limited access) at working courthouse facilities, contact Facilities Services Assistant Rosa Hidalgo at Los Angeles Superior Court: / (213) 893-7726. 

For related general questions, contact Eve Honthaner at the California Film Commission: / 
(323) 860-296 x136
Featured Location: 
Seal Beach Pier 
Take a long walk on this very long pier and get all 
the shots you need

Located within the 30-mile zone, Seal Beach in Orange County has the second-longest wooden pier in California. Its film-friendly features include an empty restaurant at the end of the pier and a mid-pier lifeguard tower. In addition, this picturesque pier is at the end of the city's Main Street, which has lots of beach-town charm.

For more information about filming in Seal Beach or anywhere in Orange County, contact Janice Arrington, Orange County Film Commissioner: / 
(657) 278-7569. 


Tax Credit Projects In Release

The following feature film and TV projects currently (or soon-to-be) in release are among the many produced in California with assistance from the state's Film & Television Tax Credit Program:







"Low Down"


"Saving Mr. Banks"


"Paranomral Activity:

  The Marked Ones"



TV Series:



"Teen Wolf"

"Pretty Little Liars"

"Rizzoli & Isles"


"Teen Wolf"
"Major Crimes" 

Save the Date
AFCI Locations Show - March 27-29 
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
As usual, the California Film Commission and several of our regional film offices will be on hand to promote filming in the Golden State. Joining CFC this year will be representatives from the San Mateo, Tulare, Monterey and Santa Clarita film offices.  

California Locations Conference - June 28
The Hollywood Museum
Now in its seventh year, the conference continues to expand with more panels, more networking and more top industry professionals.
Great Shot! 
Thanks to all the very skilled photographers who contributed images for our debut edition of LOCATION CALIFORNIA magazine. 

Jim Baldwin 
David Baselt
D. Norman Diaz 
Jane English  Jof Hanwright

Mark Indig 
Geoff Juckes
Mark Kitchell
Ken Lee
Nora Lee
Bruce Lewis
Barbara Miller
Brad Peatross
Neal Rideout

Did You Know? 
CFC's CINEMASCOUT Library Updated Daily

The California Film Commission's CINEMASCOUT online library is updated daily with new information to make it easier for you to find the perfect location. There are currently more than 30,000 photos of nearly 6,000 locations, ranging from rural farms to high-tech factories, and everything in-between. Anyone can access the library via the Film Commission's website and search locations statewide by keyword, region or category. We welcome donations of digital photos to continue building and enhancing content. 

To donate images, please contact Location Specialist Lisa Mosher; / (323) 860-2960 x123. 

In the News 

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




Los Angeles Daily News       
"Raising Film, TV Tax Credits

Would Help a Cast of Thousands" (editorial) 


Los Angeles Times

"For 'Mr. Banks,' Simi Valley Works as Australian Outback" 




"On-Location Film Production in L.A. is Moving Elsewhere"


Long Beach Press-Telegram

"Time for California to Say 'Action!' on Fighting Runaway Production" (editorial)


Los Angeles Business Journal
"New Magazine Pages Film, TV"