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Film Commissions


Palm Beach County, Florida

The Palm Beaches are known for some of the most beautiful, crystal clear waters on the planet. The vibrant colors of the reefs and sunken vessels have created a habitat for an enormous variety of undersea creatures creating an underwater world worthy of the attention it gets. The coastline in Palm Beach County is considered a top diving destination due to the nearly 70 dive sites that closely hug the coastline and the underwater kaleidoscope of color that opens on the ocean floor.

This world-class destination features a film-friendly community, year-round warm weather, diverse locations and discounted production space. PBC continues to attract high profile productions. Television shows that shot in PBC. include The Ultimate Diver Challenge, The Vanilla Ice Project on DIY Network, Four Weddings and Four Houses on TLC, Barrett-Jackson Car Auction on the SPEED Channel, The Today Show and The Biggest Loser on NBC, Nuestra Belleza Latina on Univision, Feherty on the Golf Channel, Tanked on Animal Planet, Made on MTV, Fish Tank Kings and Jobs That Bite on Nat Geo Wild, Nature’s Weirdest Events and Officially Amazing on the BBC, Toy Hunter on the Travel Channel, and House Hunters on HGTV among many others.

Palm Beach County also welcomed many fashion driven photo shoots for brands such as Adidas, Johnston and Murphy, Reebok, and Vera Bradley as well as catalog shoots for Lord & Taylor and Macy’s along with commercials for Braman Motorcars, Belk’s Department Store, Florida Power and Light and Tire Kingdom to name a few.

Several independent feature films utilized locations within Palm Beach County this past year. The producing teams of Hollow Creek, Hidden Assets, Widowsville, and My Father, Mi Padre took advantage of FREE, One-Stop Permitting. Additionally, producers flying in and out from Los Angeles had an easier time this year as American Airlines began daily, non-stop flights from PBI to LAX.

Palm Beach County’s popular locations include sandy beaches, lush green landscapes, and areas with that downtown city feel as well as cheats for Africa and the Mediterranean. PBC is registered as Florida’s Golf Capitol (SM) with over 160 public and private courses including the picturesque courses of PGA National Resort & Spa and Trump International. You will also find cities that are rich in diversity and home to warm, friendly people. For more information please contact the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission at 800.845.FILM or pbfilm.com.

Palm Beach County

Sarasota County Film Office

Filmmakers love to learn that Sarasota County offers a one-of-a-kind, up-to-100% CASH REBATE incentive program for projects of every budget. That’s helped to grow the number of productions served to over two thousand and the economic impact to more than $40 Million, since the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office (film commission) was created in 2007. Additionally, Sarasota County’s allure is its multiple “identities” of Paradise and The Cultural Coast of Florida, as productions often seek extraordinary locations and find those there.

When it comes to “Paradise,” lots of places use the word without genuinely earning the title. What is Paradise? A place of beauty, extraordinary quality of life, enjoyment and delight, wonderful weather in a gracious environment, abundant amenities, stunning nature, stimulating arts and culture, plentiful pastimes and pursuits, recreation and relaxation, stunning visual elements…

In Sarasota County, Florida, on the west coast, they back up their “Paradise” claim with impressive reality, not just words. Repeatedly, geographic locations’ diversity surprises visitors. For example, Sarasota County’s #1 rated snowy white “sugar sand” beaches and miles of breathtaking sunsets into the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico along five barrier islands, draw devotees. A subtropical jungle with a winding river and a rope footbridge in the treetop canopy, surrounded by thousands of acres of hiking and biking, camping and exploring, as well as botanical gardens, fishing, boating, marinas, birding, kayaking and more, fill the hearts of outdoors/nature-lovers.

Sports enthusiasts can find it all from more golf courses than they could ever likely play to tennis, cycling, swimming, baseball & softball, soccer, Bocce (even Pickleball!), to the more unusual pastimes of equestrianism, polo, cricket, skydiving, rowing, sculling, even the upcoming modern Pentathlon.

Architectural styles run the gamut from historic registry buildings to trapezoidal shapes, mid-century modern to 1920’s Venetian Gothic, Contemporary, Neoclassical, Georgian, Tudor and Mediterranean Revival, to pastel cottages and bungalows, bold ranches, mansions, and so much more.

Sarasota County is also justifiably known as “The Cultural Coast.” Theaters and performing arts abound, feeding aficionados of circus, opera, ballet, Broadway, improv, contemporary and diverse live theater, orchestras and symphony, jazz, chorale, chamber music, classical, modern dance, concerts, and more. Festivals thrive, from film, food, wine, chalk street art, to multidisciplinary performance, Scottish Highlands games, and a parade of others. Embellish all of that with world-class Ringling Museum of Art, galleries, sculptures and statuary, and you have just a glimpse of Sarasota County.

Sarasota County Film Office


Rochester/Finger Lakes Film & Video Office

Cityscapes and countrysides are as plentiful as the experienced film crews you will find in the Rochester and Finger Lake region in upstate New York.

This is where film was born, the home of George Eastman and Kodak, and where many filmmakers cut their teeth testing the film that was ultimately projected on movie screens across the globe for decades.

The region holds the largest crew base in New York State outside of New York City – larger than fellow upstate cities Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany combined.

This mecca of film production is not just mired in historical legacy. More than 150 feature, commercial, music video, reality and still campaigns were shot in Rochester in 2013 alone. Paramount Studios chose Rochester for the filming of many of the action scenes in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, opening nationwide in early May. This was the largest production in New York State history.

They “Speak Film” in Rochester

The Rochester/Finger Lakes Film & Video Office is run by Certified Film Commissioner Nora Brown and Deputy Director Karl Goldsmith. Both are experienced filmmakers themselves and provide complete location scouting assistance. They speak film, they know film. The person on the other end of your phone call, and ultimately your on-location shoot, “gets it.”

The Rochester Film Office has worked with every major movie studio and TV network. Nora and Karl can lead you to a place north of the Big Apple where production costs shrink, where there are equipped grip companies, Qualified Production Facilities, numerous and cost-competitive production and post facilities, and a large base of experienced crew.

Picturesque Finger Lakes Plus Urban Settings

Located in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of New York State, the region is visually unique and distinctive. It is popular among filmmakers for the variety of Americana towns along timeless county roads; sloping wine vineyards amid 11 clear blue lakes; and an abundance of dramatic waterfalls, gorges, and farmland. And cue the snowy Christmases and spectacular fall foliage for ideal town and country scenery year round.

For urban shoots, this same region has industrial neighborhoods, Art Deco downtowns, and universities in the Ivy League tradition. It can be used to double as any larger U.S. city.

And to top it off New York State offers a 30 percent tax credit to qualified productions for many expenses. This incentive program has lured many filmmakers to upstate New York.

“I can’t tell you how much money, time, and headaches were saved by your steering me to Rochester to produce our new video for MTV,” said Donna Giles of Spellbound Productions.

Rochester/Finger Lakes Film & Video Office


Great Locations Since 1607

Why choose Virginia as a film location? Experienced crew, a full-service film office and incentives that are customized to each unique project are just a few reasons. However, it’s the state’s exceptionally wide range of locations that make it a filmmakers dream come true.

The state’s locations range from untouched Atlantic Ocean beachfront in the east to mountain vistas, rolling hills, and verdant valleys to the west. Northern Virginia touches Washington, D.C., and has big city skyscapes, elegant estates and miles of Virginia horse country. To the south are small towns, rolling farmlands and rural landscapes.

Photos Courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation

In the center of it all is Richmond, the state capital and a favored locale for projects needing a rich, historic background. Virginia’s state capitol building, built by Thomas Jefferson, as well as a wide range of governmental and residential architecture, and plantation homes mean that Richmond can portray nearly 400 years of history.

Now, Virginia offers an historic backlot within 30 minutes of Richmond, a major crew base. Located on 3,000 acres of state-owned riverfront land available without a location fee, the backlot offers privacy in a controlled production environment. The location features dirt roads that wind through untouched hills, streams, woods and valleys, as well as access to the James River. Ideal for use as a battlefield, there are a series of earthworks specifically created for battle scenes.

Photos Courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation

On the property is a period wharf set that includes commercial buildings, a paddle-wheeler and sailing vessel. Also available is the James River Correctional Center, a vacant prison and outbuildings available for filming without a location fee.

To learn more about filming in Virginia, visit the location library at FilmVirginia.org or contact the Virginia Film Office at 800.854.6233.

For more information, visit FilmVirginia.org, or call 800.854.6233.

Virginia Film Office