Welcome to the California Film Commission, your one-stop resource for film and TV production across the Golden State.
California is home to the entertainment industry...and for good reason. We have the best weather (315 days of sunshine per year), the most diverse locations (from 840 miles of coastline to vast desert sand dunes, and everything in between), the most skilled crews and the world's best production infrastructure.
Assembly Bill 1839, the California Film & Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, co-authored by Assemblymembers Mike Gatto and Raul Bocanegra, cleared the state Senate with broad bi-partisan support on August 29th.
The bill proposes a new five-year film and TV tax credit program beginning in fiscal year 2015/16 with expanded eligibility to include big budget feature films, 1-hr TV series for any distribution outlet and TV pilots. The bill would also provide an added incentive for productions that film outside of the 30-mile zone and for visual effects and music scoring/recording performed in-state. Funding for the new program would be $330 million per fiscal year. This legislation will replace the current lottery system with a jobs based ranking system.
If AB 1839 is signed into law, California Film Commission staff will develop regulations, program guidelines and other administrative procedures over the next several months. Please check http://www.film.ca.gov/Incentives.htm periodically for program updates and information.
A few of the services you can access via this website include:
- Film & TV Tax Credits
- Online Permits for Filming on State Property (beaches, parks, roadways, universities and government buildings)
- An Online Location Database via CinemaScout, and Personalized Location Assistance/Problem Solving
- Access to California's Statewide Network of More Than 60 Regional Film Offices (for local support, location information and permits)
- Learn about Green Production Resources
California Film Commission launches LOCATION CALIFORNIA magazine. Click link below for digital 'page-turner':
Submit your information to receive a hard copy in the mail: Magazine Request
We also have a vast array of tools and resources to help you navigate all sorts of production issues, from work permits to on-set safety. You can find links and contact info for relevant government agencies, industry associations, guilds/unions, production directories, entertainment job listings and more. We even have charts for weather, sunrise/sunset times and the 30-mile studio zone.
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We look forward to helping you make your next project a success!