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State Film Commissions Guide: Indiana

State Film Commissions Guide: Indiana

What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? Low-cost locations and permitting

What tax credits are available for productions in your state? Lodging tax exemption for stays of 30 days or more

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Indiana Dunes State Park, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, City of Gary, Downtown Indianapolis, West Baden Springs Hotel

Muscatatuck Urban Training Center – Located in South Central Indiana’s
Jennings County near Butlerville, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
(MUTC) is a secluded, self contained community, once home to the
Muscatatuck State Developmental Center. The 1,000 acre site was turned
over to the Indiana National Guard in July of 2005 and since has been
continually evolving into a full-immersion contemporary urban training
environment. Those utilizing MUTC have access to a 180 acre reservoir
and urban infrastructure consisting of 68 major buildings including a
school, hospital, dormitories, light industrial structures, single
family type dwellings, a dining facility and administrative buildings
totaling approximately 850,000 square feet of floor space. Additionally
the training area includes an extensive underground utility tunnel
system and over 9 miles of roads and streets.

Located in southwest Indiana, West Baden Springs Hotel is anything but
ordinary—it is an extraordinary experience. You will be captivated once
you step foot inside this National Historic Landmark (NHL) built in
1902. With its one-of-a-kind domed atrium spanning 200 feet, it has been
called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Rooms rise in six tiers around
the dome, and balcony rooms provide a panoramic view of the atrium.

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Yes, more information can be found in the Indiana Production Directory accessible via

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? Yes, more information can be found in the Indiana Production Directory accessible via

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? “Parks & Rec,” “Transformers 3,”
“Nightmare on Elm Street”

What cities have their own film commissions in your state?  Gary

How many productions shot in your state last year? 30-40

should filmmakers do if they’re interested in shooting a film in your
state? Who should they contact if they have more questions?
Contact Film Indiana:, (317) 234-2087, or visit

in the incentives offered by other state film commissions? Check out
Indiewire’s full guide to state film commissions HERE.

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