What does the Charlotte Regional Film Commission do?
The Charlotte Regional Film Commission, a division of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, recruits feature films, independent movies, documentaries, commercials, television series and still photography. The Film Commission provides support service information that ranges from locations and crew to equipment and stages. The commission also serves as liaison with federal, state, county and city governments to help production companies obtain necessary permissions and qualified incentives.
How can I list my property as a potential location? Would I be paid a rental fee if my property is used in a film?
Professional film production companies will pay to use your property. The fee varies depending on the project and how many days they will be there and is negotiated by the production company’s location manager.
If you would still like to list with us and your property is in one of our 16 counties (NC –Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union; SC – Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster, York), please follow the instructions below:
Using a digital camera, please take exterior shots of your home, business or property including:
• a shot of the front of the property
• a shot from the front of the property towards the front yard and then same with the back side of the property
• all property, including interior shots if it’s a business establishment or home (often best taken with a wide lens from opposite corners of a room).
• add any other interesting shots of and around the property
Please email photos of your property to email@example.com. Please include your contact information (name, address, home phone and cell phone) and a description of the location. You can also fill out the List Your Property form on our website.
I’m a film school student. How can your office help me?
The film office can provide assistance in gaining permission to shoot at city and county sites, give you information on road closure procedures, and with any special production resources not available within your film school. We are also happy to help advise you about locations in the region. However, many locations registered with our office will only allow filmmaking on their premises with a location fee and production insurance that professional companies will provide. Location choices may be more limited for student filmmakers without a locations budget. We are proud of the film school programs in our region and make every effort, time permitting, to assist their productions.
If I plan to shoot a film, television show or commercial in the Charlotte region, do I need to register with the film commission? Am I required to contact the film office?
Yes, please contact our office before you begin filming and fill out the Registration Application that can be found on our website. Our office will keep your information confidential unless you request otherwise and we have resources and information that can make sure your production runs smoothly.
If I don’t qualify for the film incentive, can your office still help me?
The film incentive applies to films with a minimum budget of $250,000. The film office will provide support for films with any size budget.
How can I be listed in the production guide?
You must have at least 3 professional credits in a specific technical role, etc. to be listed in that category on our website and in our production guide. If you qualify you can add yourself to the database by clicking the "Get Listed" button on our production directory page.
How can I find out about productions currently in the area? How can I contact them, and why is it so hard to get the phone numbers and/or address?
Production offices are extremely busy and cannot field hundreds of calls from job seekers as they are preparing to film. That is why most film production companies provide fax numbers only. You can check our website’s news tab and on our Facebook page for information on projects being filmed in our region. If contact information is not provided, it is because the production has not opened an office or has not yet allowed the release of that information. The film commission will provide a fax number or email address to crew for the production company only if they provide it to us for that purpose.
Are there any film festivals in North Carolina where I can submit my work?
We are proud to have several prestigious film festivals in the Charlotte region including the Charlotte Film Festival, Real to Reel Film Festival and Modern Film Fest. We post festival deadlines for many different festivals on our website’s events tab and on our Facebook page.
If I want to work in the film industry and have no experience how do I get started? Are there internships available?
If you have no experience, please send us a resume and we will keep it on file as some production companies are willing to hire someone with little to no experience as production assistants. For your first production job (without any prior training or experience) it is recommended that you volunteer your assistance while you gain experience and begin to make connections with other professional crew within the region. You may also want to contact area film related vendors for internship opportunities. Contacts can be found in our online production directory.
Many production companies will reach out to local film programs within the region’s universities, colleges, and community colleges seeking out interns for projects.
Internships at the Charlotte Regional Film Commission office are also available. Please e-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any film school programs in our region?
There are many area universities and colleges that offer film courses in the Charlotte region including:
• Central Piedmont Community College
• Arts Institute of Charlotte
• University of North Carolina Charlotte
• Davidson College
• Johnson C. Smith University
Can the film office help me find funding for a project?
We do not help individuals or companies find local money for film projects. However, we have developed the following list of grants and other funding sources that are available for filmmakers.
I want to be an actor. How do I get started?
If you have no experience, it is best for you to contact the local theater in order to take classes and practice the craft. This experience will build you resume and help you find an agent. Production companies discourage you from contacting them directly regarding auditions.A list of local talent agencies can be found in our online production directory.
How can I be an extra?
When a production company comes to town, they will set up a production office and hire an extras casting coordinator. Listen to the local radio stations, watch the local news, and read the local paper. Often a press release will be issued when they are looking for extras. You can check our website’s news tab and on our Facebook page for information on projects being filmed in our region. If contact information is not provided, it is because the production has not opened an office or has not yet allowed the release of that information. Please do not send headshots to our office.You can also find information through the local casting and talent agents. You can find a list of them in our online production directory.