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Ivan Schwarz

Bob Aber
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Jason Drake
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Gwen Mikolajczak
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MacKenzie Rodgers
Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Phone: 216.623.3910
Fax: 216.623.0876

812 Huron Road E,
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Introducing “Behind the Camera”

The inaugural "Behind the Camera" event is a day focused on the mission and successes of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. In the past four years, the following has taken place in greater Cleveland as a result of the work of the Film Commission:

  • There has been over $350 million in economic impact
  • Over 1,000 full time equivalent jobs have been created
  • Hundreds of businesses are now providing services and products to the media industry

Learn more about the event HERE.

With this past year being the biggest year ever in the history of film production in greater Cleveland, we need your support to continue this success and to build off of the current momentum. Join us in celebrating Veterans Day in a very unique day. We have invited real-life heros and their on-screen counterparts from "Band of Brothers" to share their World War II stories and discuss the production of the award-winning mini-series that introduced Easy Company to the world.

Attendees will have a chance to hear these stories first-hand and experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes conversation and peek into the lives of these men.

What: Inaugural “Behind the Camera” Event
When: Monday, November 11th, 2013 @ Noon
Where: InterContinental (9801 Carnegie Ave.)

Click HERE. for a PDF invite or HERE to purchase a table or tickets online.

Thank you for your support.


Ohio Film Tax Credit

The Ohio Film Tax Credit provides for a refundable credit against the corporation franchise or income tax for motion pictures produced in Ohio. The term "motion picture," as utilized within the context of the legislation, is broadly defined and means entertainment content created in whole or in part within the State of Ohio for distribution or exhibition to the general public.

More specifically, the following types of productions could be eligible for the Film Tax Credit:


  • Feature-length films
  • Documentaries (long-form, specials, mini-series, series and interstitial television programming)
  • Interactive web sites
  • Sound recordings
  • Videos
  • Music videos
  • Interactive television
  • Interactive games
  • Video games
  • Commercials
  • Any format of digital media
  • Any trailer, pilot, video teaser or demo created primarily to stimulate the sale, marketing, promotion or exploitation of future investment in either a product or a motion picture by any means and media in any digital media format, film or videotape provided the motion picture qualified as a motion picture


The tax credit is equal to 25% of non-wage and nonresident wage Ohio production expenditures and 35% of Ohio resident wage production expenditures.

  • Up to $5 million in credits is available per production.

  • $20 million in credits is available in FY 2012-2013 another $20 million is available in FY 2013-2014.




VISION: Achieve increased economic development in Northeast Ohio by using the artistic and culturally enriching activities of film and other media production to strengthen the workforce, support the media production industry and attract media production to the region.

MISSION: Promote the increase of media production in Northeast Ohio using effective strategies for attraction and workforce development including building an artistic infrastructure through film.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission and our Commitment to Supplier Diversity

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is firmly committed to supporting minority; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and local business enterprises. As a small organization with a limited budget, we place emphasis on contracting with firms that share the same commitment and provide the best quality, value-added products and services at the most competitive cost.

By supporting area minority- and female-owned contractors, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission leverages a diverse supply chain that, in turn, has added needed jobs to the northeast Ohio region. Additionally, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission is committed to increasing the number of local and minority-owned vendors that are able to provide quality and price-competitve products and services to the regional media industry.

To prepare for the future, we continue to invest in training a diverse workforce for tomorrow through high school, apprenticeship, and college programs with our educational partners.




Message from Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Message from Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson to the film industry




Economic Impact Study: Analysis and Economic Impact of the Film Industry on Northeast Ohio & Ohio

Click here to read the full study


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2010 - present

The Avengers, Marvel Studios

Fun Size, Paramount Pictures

I, Alex Cross, QED International, James Patterson Entertainment

Boot Tracks

Freerunner, Vitamin A Films

Take Shelter, Strange Matter Films

The Taqwacores, Rumanni Filmworks

Lilith, Lilithfilm

2000 - 2009

The Soloist, DreamWorks
Spider Man 3, Sony Pictures
Christmas At Maxwell's, Laufer Film
The Oh in Ohio, Ambush Entertainment
Deep Attack, Silver Pictures
Against The Ropes, Paramount Pictures
Miracle Dogs, TAG Entertainment
American Splendor, HBO Films / Good Machine
Antwone Fisher, Fox Searchlight
Welcome To Collinwood, Warner Bros. / Good Machine
The Year That Trembled, Novel City Pictures
Proximity, Silver Pictures
Turn Of Faith, Boom Boom Productions
Nightowls On Coventry, Independent

1990 - 1999

Journey of Man, Sony Pictures Classics
Renegade Force, HBO / Triple Peak Productions, Inc.
Edge Of Seventeen, Luna Pictures
Air Force One, Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
The Dead Matter, Independent
Pieces, Russo Productions
The Rain Maker, Paramount Pictures
Telling Lies In America, Ben Myron Productions
House Arrest, Rysher Entertainment
Flattered, Silent H Films
Anywhere But Here, Every Footstep Films
Double Dragon, Imperial Entertainment
My Summer Story, MGM Productions
The Shawshank Redemption, Castle Rock Pictures
Chester & Irene, Chester & Irene Productions
Shooting Star, Cinevid Productions
Slaughter Of The Innocents, Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment
Men In Black, Fallout Shelter Productions
Noises Off, Disney / Amblin Productions
Paradise, Buena Vista Pictures
Diary Of A Hit Man, Continental Film Group

1980 - 1989

An Innocent Man, Touchstone Pictures
Major League, Paramount Pictures
Tango and Cash, Warner Bros.
Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, Incorporated Television Company
An Unremarkable Life, Continental Film Group
Big Business, Touchstone Pictures
Light of Day, Taft Entertainment
Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Paramount Pictures
Tiger Warsaw, Continental Film Group
Stranger Than Paradise, Samual Goldwin Company
A Christmas Story, MGM / UA
All The Marbles, MGM / UA
The Escape Artist, Zoetrope

1970 - 1979

One Trick Pony, Warner Bros.
The Second Degree, Aselin Organization
Those Eyes, Those Lips, United Artists
The Instructor, American Eagle Productions
The Deer Hunter, EMI / Universal
Harry & Walter Go To New York, Columbia Pictures

In addition to the things most film offices do -- free locations scouting, directories, permitting assistance and the like -- the Greater Cleveland Film Commission works to cut costs for producers and go above and beyond to provide an excellent environment for filming.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission serves as a One Stop Shop for filmmakers, providing access to a local municipalities, private properties and more. The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is not only a central point for permitting and assistance with Federal, state, regional and local governmental agencies, we also have close relationships with many property owners in downtown Cleveland that can assist producers in location control.

The northern Ohio area has an active independent filmmaking community. Please contact our office if we can assist your film.

Most permits have a nominal fee. For example, the City of Cleveland charges $20 for a permit per street for the duration of your shoot. Permits are required for obstructing the public right-of-way. Please either submit a Permit Form online or contact our office if you require a permit for northern Ohio.

Our organization does not list actors. Casting calls may be posted on our website from time to time, so please check our site under job postings. If you are interested in learning more about acting there are a variety of resources in town to contact.

AFTRA Office

Cleveland Playhouse - Offers Classes and Workshops


Neohiopal Site - Performing Arts Email list

Karamu House - Offers a Summer Youth Camp (including drama), Youth Acting classes and Adult Acting classes


Talent Agencies:
CAM Talent Agency, Inc


D'Avila Model & Talent Management

Docherty Agency

Heyman Talent Agency


Le Modeln, Inc.


The Talent Group

Contact: Doug Snyder

MTM Agency Cincinnati

Contact: Lori Colwell

Wilhelmina S2

Contact: Stephanie Stein


Or click here for a list of casting directors on our website.

We encourage you to register yourself on our website in the Crew section. Many times, UPMs or Line Producers search the listing for potential local crew, so be sure to keep your information up to date with us. We host quarterly Media Industry Mixers to keep people connected (details are included in our e-newsletter and on this site).

Please register your business under the Vendor section on our website if you are interested in working with the production industry. There is no cost to list your business and we encourage you to update your listing with any new products or services you are able to offer.

We encourage you to network if you are interested in getting involved in the film industry. We host quarterly Media Industry Mixers throughout the year, which are always listed on our website and in our e-newsletter, which you can sign up for on this page.

Ohio Film Office
77 S. High Street

P.O. Box 1001

Columbus, OH 43216-1001

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission

602 Main Street, Suite 712

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Contact: Kristen Erwin


Columbus Film Commission


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