Film Resources

New York State has it all, and as one of the biggest and most active production centers in the world, "all" is a lot! So when you're looking for answers on where to find a piece of equipment, how to get insurance on it and who is qualified to operate it, here are some useful resources -- production guides, union and guild contacts, professional groups - that can help you navigate the many facets of the New York State production scene. And if you know of a helpful group or resource that you think should be posted here, send us an email at [email protected]

As New York State reopens, industry-specific guidance for Media Production has been released as part of Phase Four of the New York Forward regional phased reopening plan.

This industry specific guidance includes: Summary Guidance, Detailed Guidance with an affirmation link, and a Business Safety Plan Template. Please refer to the links below for detailed information and guidelines on when Phase Four will begin and on operating legally and safely in your region.

New York Forward: Business Reopening

New York State is providing detailed information on region and industry-specific reopening plans.

Business Reopening Lookup Tool

The NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup tool will help determine whether your business is able to reopen and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply.

Regional Film Offices

New York State boasts one of the best networks of professionally staffed local and regional film offices in the country. See how they can help with local logistics, paperwork and production: Click here

Production Guides

New York 411 
Your production services resource for New York City and State: Click here
New York Production Guide (NYPG) 
New York's oldest and most trusted film production guide gives you all the vital information in all areas of the film industry: Click here
PGA's Green Production Guide 
Features nearly 2,000 companies that provide sustainable and energy saving products and services for the production community: Click here
Motion Picture TV & Theatre Directory 
Directory of production companies and services throughout the country: Click here
Listing of entertainment industry jobs worldwide: Click here

Union and Guild Offices

Directors Guild of America 
The DGA protects directors' legal and artistic rights, contend for their creative freedom, and strengthen their ability to develop meaningful and credible careers.  Click here for more information

International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 52 - Motion Picture Studio Mechanics 
Provides crews for all motion picture, television and commercial.  Click here for more information

IATSE Local 161 
Its members are comprised of Script Supervisors, Production Office Coordinators, Assistant Production Office Coordinators, Production Accountants, Assistants Productions Accountants and Payroll Accountants.   Click here for more information

IATSE Local 600 - International Cinematographers Guild 
Represents the most talented camera professionals and publicists in the world.  Click here for more information

IATSE Local 700 - Motion Picture Editors Guild 
MPEG is a national labor organization currently representing over 7,300 freelance and staff post-production professionals.  Click here for more information

IATSE Local 764 - Theatrical Wardrobe 
Members work in all aspects of costume and wardrobe work in the New York City area in virtually every major live entertainment venue in the city, as well as on television shows and motion pictures.  Click here for more information

IATSE Local 798 - Make-up Artists and Hairstylists 
Represents over 1200 Make-up Artists and Hairstylists from Florida to Maine: Click here for more information

IATSE Local 829 - Scenic Artists 
Labor union and professional association of Designers, Artists and Craftspeople working in the entertainment and decorative arts industries: Click here for more information

Producers Guild of America 
The PGA is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of film, television and new media producers: Click here for more information

SAG-AFTRA brings together two great American labor unions: Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and includes actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, dj’s, news writers, news directors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals: Click here for more information

Teamsters - Local 817 
The largest and most diverse labor union in the country, the Teamsters's membership include workers in the motion picture industry who produce feature films, television programs, commercials, and live theatrical productions: Click here for more information

Writers Guild of America, East 
Promoting and protecting the professional and artistic interests of writers and others in movies, TV, radio and news: Click here for more information

More Helpful Links  
A dedicated resource designed for aspiring makeup artisans who may be considering careers in various industries including film and television production, as well as the theatrical and performing arts: Click here for more information.

New York State Film Festivals 
There are dozens of film festivals, large and small, taking place every month of the year in cities and towns all across New York State. Dates and submission deadlines change; for the most up-to-date information of a festival be sure to check our Newsletter and Facebook feeds. For a list of upcoming New York State festivals, click here.