This is a list of links to Film Agencies and Commissions in various states in the United States and worldwide. These links may help provide the filmmaker with help researching and choosing a location and then getting a permit to shoot in those locations.
If you don't see a listing for your locality do a Google search for "film commission" + your area.
Alaska - This is a part of the Alaska State page. The page offers lists of possible filming locations with slides and descriptions of possible resources one could utilize while filming. The page also provides a list of links of for production help and support.
California - This page has a link to information about the California Film Commission, including information about how to apply for a permit to film in California through the CFC and which locations in the state are similar to others in the world.
Iowa - This page includes information about Iowan film stars, locations where big films were shot, and economic breakdowns of filming costs in Iowa. It also includes contact information and a guide to regulations, such as permits, taxes, and child labor laws.
Maryland - The Maryland Film Office began in 1983, and offers location scouting, and an extensive library of color photograph of locations throughout the state. They offer pre-production research and act as a liason between the government and the producers. This page acts as an introduction to their services.
Missouri - This page offers basic information about the Missouri Film Commission. An online application facilitates the director in his quest for a location to shoot. Employment opportunities are posted for the job seeker.
New Mexico - This page is a simple guide to personnel and services for film production throughout the state of New Mexico, including accomidations, public relations, equipment rental and production coordiantion services.
Tennessee - This web page offers information about Tennessee's growing music, film and video production industry. The Commission provides production assistance within these rapidly expanding industries, and offers general production resources.
Texas - The Texas Film Commission offers to analyze scripts and survey the state for locations that fit the project's requirements. They act as liaison with other state agencies, local law enforcement, or city and county governments in the obtaining of permits. This page offers copious amounts of information, and is easy to use.
Utah - The Utah Film Commission assists with production needs, from initial scouts and pre-production to principal photography and post-production. It includes a database of production companies and a list of films shot on location in Utah. In addition, they offer a bulletin board for crew/animators/etc. to offer their expertise. This web page offers an introduction to UFC's services.
Austrian Film Commission - The Austrian Film Commission (AFC), offers a wide range of services. The AFC maintains on-going relationships with festival selectors, distributors and buyers as well as the press, concerning new Austrian productions. They also oversee festivals and film events throughout Austria. This site offers and introduction to their services.
Australian Film Commission - This web site offers advice to filmmakers who wish to make films in Austraila. There is information about grants and other funding options, as well as general production assistance. The Film Commission also offers assistance in promotion and marketing of finished films.
United Kingdom - This web site encourages filmmakers to "put Great Britain in the picture". It is graphics-intensive, but offers features copious resources designed for the begining fimmaker. The links page is a list of smaller film commission within England, N. Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
British Board of Film Classification - The British Board of Film Classification acts as a ratings organisation for British films. Included are guidelines for filmmakers regarding content.
British Columbia - British Columbia Film delivers a full range of services assisting in the development, production, marketing and distribution of B.C. film and television projects, as well as labour force development initiatives. This page offers information about how to utilize these services.
National Film Board of Canada - The National Film Board of Canada offers a bi-lingual introduction to the process of filmmaking in Canada. Included are tips for production, resources for new filmmakers, and contact information for various helpful groups. The board is a public agency, created in 1939 "to reflect Canada to Canadians and to the rest of the world". Their main focus is the production and distribution of films, for which they have received many accolades for its excellence.
Iceland - This page offers information about films already shooting in Iceland, but also includes contact information for the Icelandic Film Commission
India - The National Film Development Corporation Ltd. is the central agency in India promoting quality cinema. This page offers a variety of resources for both seasoned and aspiring filmmakers, as well as researchers. Highlights includes a history of Indian cinema from the first talkie in 1931 to the "Golden Age" of the fifties. Also included is censorship information and a ratings scale
New Zealand - On this website you can find information about all the feature films and short films that the New Zealand Film Commission has supported since it's inception. You can also access information about the services that the Commission offers such as financing, ratings, marketing, archival resources. This web page is a celebration of all New Zealand culture through film.
North Wales - The North Wales Commission assists filmmakers in locating locations for shooting and directs them to services and personnel available to assist them. North Wales has been host to production teams from the 40s to the 90s.
Singapore Film Commission - In their own words, this page claims the goal of "nurturing, supporting and promoting" Singapore talent in filmmaking, the production of Singapore films and a film industry in Singapore". In actuality, this page only offers links to films that were shot there, and contact information.