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Sonoma County’s diverse scenery and mild year-round climate make it an attractive film location choice. From classic movies, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and George Lucas’ American Graffiti, to modern television series such as Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, the area 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 a robust directory of locations ranging from private residences and commercial business to regional and state parks
- For commercial locations: CINEMASCOUT
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.
TAX CREDITS FOR FILMMAKERS
The State of California has an incentive program to increase filming in California. Please visit the California Film Commission website for up-to-date information about available tax credits.
SONOMA COUNTY FILMING BY THE NUMBERS
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.
- 2020 Sonoma County Film Office Report (PDF: 140 KB)
- 2019 Sonoma County Film Office Report (PDF: 324 KB)
- 2017 Sonoma County Film Office Report(PDF: 2.2 MB)
- 2016 Sonoma County Film Office Report(PDF: 1.5 MB)
- 2015 Sonoma County Film Office Report(PDF: 1 MB)
- 2014 Sonoma County Film Office Report(PDF: 411 kB)
- 2013 Sonoma County Film Office Report (PDF: 699 kB)
FOR FILM LOVERS
Attend a Film Festival
Sonoma County is more than a great place to make movies, it’s a great place to watch them too! Be sure to check out the many annual film festivals going on around the area.
Tour your Favorite Movie Haunts
Sonoma County has been the setting for many popular Hollywood films, including American Graffiti, Scream, Basic Instinct, and Thirteen Reasons Why. 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.
LIST YOUR PROPERTY
Get your property listed as a potential film site with the Sonoma County Film Office. The Film Office lists a variety of sites from expansive rural settings to quaint indoor cafes.
Fill out the Sonoma County Film and CinemaScout Location Registration Form.