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, was signed into law by Governor Brown on Sept. 18, 2014. The California Film Commission is currently developing regulations, program guidelines and other procedures to administer the newly expanded tax credit program. Please check the CFC website periodically for program updates.
The legislation creates 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. Funding for the new program is $230 million in fiscal year 2015-16, and $330 million per fiscal year from 2016-17 through 2019-20. This legislation replaces the current lottery system for allocating tax credits with a jobs-based ranking system.
A detailed summary of the new Program is available here: AB 1839 Tax Credit Program Summary
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.
Interested in hosting filming? Click here for details.
We look forward to helping you make your next project a success!