2017 Sonoma County has seen another year of economic growth and local communities benefitting from productions. From classic films, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and George Lucas’ American Graffiti to modern films, such as Scream and 13 Reasons Why, Sonoma County has long been a popular location for movies, TV shows and commercials.
The Sonoma County Film Office has partnered with the California Film Commission to provide the most robust directory of locations ranging from private residences and commercial businesses to regional and state parks.
Film Support in Sonoma County
The Sonoma County Film Office has partnered with Creative Sonoma to house a directory of experienced production individuals and organizations/enterprises that support film production in Sonoma County.
Obtain a Film Permit
The Sonoma County Film Office provides assistance and support for film crews seeking to film in the County. Our objective is to make it easier for you to get your job done.
- To Apply for a Film Permit, please contact Dawn Proteau at (707) 565-7170 or the Film Office at Film@sonoma-county.org
Tax Credits for Filmmakers
In September 2014, the State of California passed an incentive program to increase filming in California. Overview of incentives:
- Increases tax credit funding from $100 million to $330 million per fiscal year
- Expands eligibility to big-budget feature films, 1-hr TV series and TV pilots
- Eliminates budget caps for studio and independent films
- Eliminates existing tax credit lottery
- Provides for multiple allocation periods throughout the year.
- Adds a 5% “Uplift” for productions that film outside the 30-Mile Zone, as well as for visual effects and music scoring/recording performed in-state
More specifics about the incentives can be found at the California Film Commission website.
Sonoma County Filming by the Numbers
Sonoma County's diverse scenery and mild, year-round climate makes it an attractive location to make movies. In 2017, the Film Office facilitated 84 permits, which resulted in 184 days of filming and an economic impact of $4.81 million dollars into the County. This represents a 33% increase compared to economic impact activity in 2016.
For Film Lovers
Attend a Film Festival
Sonoma County is a great place to make movies and watch them too! Be sure to check out the many annual film festivals going on and around Sonoma County.
Tour your Favorite Movie Haunts
Sonoma County has been the setting for many popular Hollywood films, including American Graffiti, Pleasantville, Basic Instinct and Peggie Sue Got Married. Check out a list of movies filmed in Sonoma County.
If you are planning a visit, be sure to look at Sonoma County Movie Locations Tour Itinerary to view popular film locations.