Local & Regional Film Offices in New York State

New York is home to a statewide network of professionally staffed local and regional film offices that work with their local governments and communities to responsibly grow film and television production across regions. These offices do not charge fees for their services, although there may be fees for specific permits. Scroll down to the list of offices in each region to see how they can help with local logistics, paperwork and production.

Map of New York State's Regions

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Descriptions

Capital Region

Counties: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Warren, Washington

The cities of Albany, the State capital, Schenectady, Troy and Saratoga Springs are located in the Capital Region, surrounded by scenic mountain ranges and filled with abundant historic architecture that often is the setting for turn-of-the-20th-century locations. The region has hosted television productions (Amazon’s Modern Love series, HBO’s Succession, Showtime’s award-winning Escape At Dannemora, and USA Network’s The Sinner), star-studded feature films (Focus Feature’s The Place Beyond The Pines starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, Columbia Pictures’ Salt starring Angelina Jolie) and independent films (Fourth Man Out, As You Are, and Shoplifters of the World).

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations in Capital Region
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities in Capital Region

Regional Offices:
Columbia County Film Office
Ann Cooper
800-724-1846
[email protected]

Film Albany
Deborah A. Goedeke
518-434-8191
[email protected]

Film Schenectady
Donna Pennell
518-312-6909
[email protected]

Greene County Film Office
Patty Austin
518-943-3223
[email protected]

Saratoga County Film Commission
Annamaria Bellatoni
518-584-3255 x234
[email protected]

Adirondack Film Commission (Glens Falls)
Andrew Meader
518-791-3592
[email protected]
 

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Central NY

Central NY

Counties: Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego

With a busy production center based in Syracuse, Central New York has hosted more than 20 feature productions from 2016-2020 alone including Sundance favorites like Big Time Adolescence, Night House and The Mountain. Filmmakers come for the local crew, the great facilities, and the wide variety of filming options: city centers, including Auburn and Oswego;  picture-perfect lakeside villages like Skaneateles and Aurora (founded 1799);  sloping vineyards along Cayuga Lake; the beaches and lighthouses of Lake Ontario; and classic college campuses like Colgate University, Syracuse University and Wells College.

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations in Central NY
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities in Central NY

Regional Office:
Syracuse Film Office
Eric Vinal
315-952-5801
[email protected]

 

Finger Lakes

Counties: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates

Rochester, the third largest city in New York State, is also where American filmmaking was born— thanks to George Eastman and his Eastman Kodak Company. That tradition continues today through the large local community of skilled crew and talent backed up by equipment rental houses, soundstages including Rochester Institute of Technology’s state-of-the-art MAGIC Spell Studios, industry vendors, and more. Boasting over 1,000 waterfalls, the 2nd largest wine producing region in the US, historic towns along the Erie Canal, Lake Ontario beaches and lighthouses, and urban centers including Rochester, Geneva and Batavia– the Finger Lakes has a wide range of looks and locations.

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations in the Finger Lakes
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities in the Finger Lakes

Regional Office:
Rochester/Finger Lakes Film Commission
Nora Brown
585-279-8308
[email protected]

 

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Long Island

Long Island

Counties: Nassau, Suffolk.

Adjacent to New York City, Nassau County is one of the busiest production hubs in the state outside the five boroughs. Across Long Island, the proximity of suburban towns, oceanside villages and locations is a draw, as are the many beaches and state parks that allow producers to appear to be far from the city without having to travel too far. Notable productions that have filmed on Long Island include: Apple TV+’s Dickinson and On The Rocks, HBO’s Bad Education, The Plot Against America and The Undoing, Amazon’s Hunters and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and 20th Century Studios’ The Greatest Showman.

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations on Long Island
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities on Long Island

Regional Offices:
Nassau County Film Office
Nugent Cantileno
516-572-0470
[email protected]

Anthony Labriola
516-572-0470
[email protected]

Suffolk County Film Commission
Diana J. Cherryholmes
631-853-4834
[email protected]

 

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Mid-Hudson

Mid-Hudson

Counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester

The Mid-Hudson is another of New York’s busiest production regions outside of the five boroughs. Its proximity to New York City offers economic advantages that draw producers to the region. The availability of experienced crew and talent also is attractive to filmmakers, as well as the unique settings offered by film-friendly upscale suburbs, small riverside towns and the majestic Catskill Mountains. Some notable productions that have filmed in the region include: HBO’s I Know This Much Is True, Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place Part II, Netflix’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Showtime’s award-winning Billions and NBC’s FBI – Most Wanted.

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations in Mid-Hudson
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities in Mid-Hudson

Regional Offices:
Dutchess County Film Office
Melaine Rottkamp
845-463-5432
[email protected]

Hudson Valley Film Commission
Laurent Rejto
845-679-4265
[email protected]

Orange County Film Office
Amanda Dana
845-615-3860
[email protected]

Rockland County Film Office
Jeremy L. Schulman
845-364-2172
[email protected]

Ulster County Film Office
Lisa Berger
845-340-3556
[email protected]

Westchester County Film Office
Natasha Caputo
914-995-8502
[email protected]

Yonkers Film Office
Melissa Goldberg
914-377-6043
[email protected]
 

 

Mohawk Valley

Counties: Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie

With homes dating back to the 1790s, framed by verdant, rolling foothills of the northern Catskill Mountains, the six counties of the Mohawk Valley are at the geographic center of upstate New York. Along the Mohawk River, the cities of Utica, Rome and Little Falls provide period downtowns, pristine suburbs and aging industrial sites, while just a few miles further south are forests, farmland and historic villages like Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Film friendly communities, great locations and experienced local crew are drawing independent films like the Tribeca Film Festival award-winning  The Half of It and the Sundance Film Festival award-winning We The Animals.

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations in Mohawk Valley
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities in Mohawk Valley

Regional Office:
Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership, Inc. (Film COOP)
Greg Klein
315-527-3082
[email protected]

 

New York City

Counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens

New York City is the single most filmed location in the world, and it’s easy to understand why. From the glass and steel canyons of Manhattan to bustling diverse neighborhoods, the Big Apple has a location for everyone. And as one of the largest and most highly developed production centers in the world, with an all-star cast of A-list residents, a huge and diverse talent pool, state-of-the-art stages and post-production facilities, industry vendors, and the best crews in the world, New York is camera-ready and open for business. There are also  many State-run and film-friendly properties including its vast subway system, Grand Central Terminal, Hudson River Park, Roosevelt Island, airports, bridges and tunnels. The five boroughs also have the largest amount of qualified production facilities in the state. That’s why projects like NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Law & Order: SVU, CBS’s FBI, FBI: Most Wanted and Bull, Showtime’s Billions and City On A Hill, Amazon’s award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Hulu’s Ramy, and FX’s Pose, to name a few, choose New York. From the Joker stairs in the Bronx to The Godfather’s Lower East Side, You’ve Got Mail atop the Empire State Building or the Brooklyn streets in Do The Right Thing, New York City is an unforgettable onscreen character unlike any other.

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations in New York City
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities in New York City

Regional Office:
NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
Anne del Castillo
212-489-6710
[email protected]

 

North Country

Counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence

Bordered by Lake Ontario & the St. Lawrence Seaway to the West, Canada to the North and Lake Champlain to the East, the region also includes the Adirondack State Park—the largest wilderness preserve outside of Alaska. The Adirondacks are home to vast forests and rolling farmlands, towns and villages, mountains and valleys, lakes, ponds and free-flowing rivers, private lands and public forest. The region also encompasses the village of Lake Placid, which has twice hosted the Olympics. And the Thousand Islands area boasts some unique locations including actual castles. Notable productions that have filmed in the region include Showtime’s Billions and Escape at Dannemora, and HBO’s Succession.

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations in North Country
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities in North Country

Regional Film Office:
Adirondack Film Office (Lake Placid)
Gary Smith
518-302-1375
[email protected]

 

Southern Tier

Counties: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins

The cities of Binghamton and Ithaca are located in the Southern Tier, home to Binghamton University, Cornell University and Ithaca College. The region is largely rural with plenty of dairy farms, charming small towns, college campuses and deep forests. Productions that have filmed in the region include Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, at the Scott’s Family Resort on Oquaga Lake in Deposit, NY, Focus Feature’s The Dead Don’t Die directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver, and Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s Dreamkatcher.

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations in Southern Tier
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities in Southern Tier

Regional Film Office:
Visit Binghamton Film Office
Kelly Fancher
607-296-2103
[email protected]

 

Western New York

Counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara

Home of Buffalo, the second largest city in the state, the region boasts a large local crew base, competitive costs, expansive sound stages – including Buffalo Film Works and the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center – and film-friendly government officials. Along with its dynamic locations including: Niagara Falls, art deco skyscrapers, historic urban neighborhoods, rolling farmlands and forests, a working steam railroad, picturesque towns and villages, and the only operational subway system in the state outside New York City, Western NY has become a popular spot for major studio films and a stream of indie features. Notable film projects include A Quiet Place 2, The First Purge, Marshall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 and Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

Check out the New York State Location Library for potential locations in Western NY
Check out the Qualified Production Facilities in Western NY

Regional Office:
Buffalo Niagara Film Office
Tim Clark
716-845-2200
[email protected]