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Wondering Where to Shoot Your Next Film? Here's the Indiewire Guide to the Best Perks From 40 State Film Commissions

By Chris Pomorski, Bryce J. Renninger, & Erin Whitney | Indiewire July 16, 2013 at 9:26AM

Need access to a 3,000-acre historical backlot that features a farm, wharf, sailing ship, river, and more? Virginia's got that. Need to shoot a river scene, but also want to control said river? Go to West Virginia's Gauley River in November. Looking for railroads for a period piece? Essex Valley Railroad and the Railroad Museum of North America, both in Connecticut, may be your ticket.
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State Film Commissions
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Need access to a 3,000-acre historical backlot that features a farm, wharf, sailing ship, river, and more? Virginia's got that. Need to shoot a river scene, but also want to control said river? Go to West Virginia's Gauley River in November. Looking for railroads for a period piece? Essex Valley Railroad and the Railroad Museum of North America, both in Connecticut, may be your ticket.

We've asked all the commissions about their financial perks, tax credits, locations, studios, soundstages, and labor unions, so you don't have to dig around their websites searching for the information.

Indiewire got in touch with the representatives of the state film commissions and has compiled a list of each of their resources, including photos of some of their best locations. Looking to film in Rhode Island? Interested in the cash rebates in Mississippi? Searching for that perfect barn to fit your script? Our state film commission guide is a great start! Check out the individual state profiles below.

Note: Not all states chose to participate, and some states, like Arizona and Iowa, don't have government offices to deal with film productions.

Full List (click the state to view individual profile):

Alabama

Alaska 

Arizona has no state film commission anymore, but here's info for the Tucson Film Office

California 

Colorado 

Connecticut

Florida 


Georgia
 

Hawaii 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Kansas 

Maryland 


Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York 

North Carolina 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Rhode Island 

South Carolina 

South Dakota 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Virginia 

Washington 

West Virginia 

Wyoming


This article is related to: State Film Commissions Guide, Filmmaker Toolkit: Production






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