The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is the only nonprofit dedicated to bringing jobs and economic impact to Northeast Ohio by supporting a thriving and adaptive local media industry. The GCFC relies on the support of businesses, community partners, and the generosity of individuals for funding.
Since 2009, the State of Ohio has seen more than $1.1 billion in economic impact and created 6,192 full-time equivalent jobs thanks to our work.
The GCFC was instrumental in securing state funding for Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts, Ohio’s first standalone film school. GCFC continues to support the school’s faculty, curriculum and student interns since its opening in 2018.
We continue to focus our efforts to increase the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit to $100 million and create a sustainable program that instills confidence to the industry. With the support of public and private partners, the GCFC is committed to creating jobs, growing our population and bringing more business to Cleveland.
The vision of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is to 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.
GCFC’s mission is to promote increased media production in Northeast Ohio using effective strategies for attraction and workforce development including building an artistic infrastructure through film.
Programs are designed to provide local talent with the education and tools needed to succeed in the industry. These programs are created in consultation with leading industry experts and in partnership with local high schools, colleges and universities to yield relevant, employer-driven curriculum, training, and networking opportunities for the local media community. Programs include industry trainings and seminars, regular networking events and access to industry-standard materials. These programs encompass the creative, business, as well as crew aspects of production to continue to build a comprehensive workforce.
GCFC aggressively pursues media productions and businesses that can positively impact the local economy. The organization serves as a convenient, all-encompassing resource for local, national and international producers and filmmakers to ensure great filming experiences while providing “concierge services” to all productions in town.
After successfully lobbying the State of Ohio to pass a competitive film tax incentive in 2009, GCFC continues to advocate for optimal public policy and promote local production activity.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is firmly committed to supporting diverse representation; Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+). The Film Commission is also committed to increasing the number of local and underutilized vendors that are able to provide quality and price-competitive products and services to the regional media industry.
To prepare for the future, GCFC continues to invest in training a diverse workforce for tomorrow through high school, apprenticeship, and college programs with our educational partners.
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI.)
GCFC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
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