Schauer Group Century of Service Nonprofit Award program

Thank you to everyone who voted for the GCFC during the contest, we appreciate your support!
The Family Resource Center of Wickliffe was announced the winner of the Schauer Group Century of Service Nonprofit Award program for 2022.


Celebrate Black History Month with the GCFC and get your raffle tickets for a chance to win this prize pack!

All proceeds from this raffle will fund scholarships for the GCFC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) workshop program that sponsors people from underrepresented groups to attend our workforce events and online training.

Raffle tickets are:
1 for $10
5 for $45
12 for $94


The winner will be announced on Friday, April 1st, 2022.

For questions, please contact Development Coordinator Juli Johnson Piller at [email protected].


Photo and Letter: Venus & Serena Williams with Cast

Oscar® Winner
Best Actor – Will Smith

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, starring Will SmithAunjanue EllisJon Bernthal

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.

Now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max


Flask & Shot Glasses, Bandana, Trading Cards, Hardcover Script

Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer – Jeymes Samuel


Directed by Jeymes Samuel, starring Jonathan MajorsZazie BeetzRJ Cyler

When an outlaw discovers his enemy is being released from prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge.

Watch on Netflix


Making of…Hardcover Book, Hardcover Script

PASSING (2021)
Nominated for 4 BAFTA Awards
Outstanding British Film of the Year
Best Leading Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer – Rebecca Hall

Directed by Rebecca Hall,  starring Tessa ThompsonRuth NeggaAndré Holland

“Passing” follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.

Watch on Netflix



RESPECT (2021)
Nominated for 1 Screen Actors Guild Award
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Jennifer Hudson

Directed by Liesl Tommy, starring Jennifer HudsonForest WhitakerMarlon Wayans

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

Rent on Amazon Prime


Softcover Script, Original Movie Soundtrack

HARRIET (2019)
Nominated for 2 Oscars®
Best Actress – Cynthia Erivo
Best Original Song – “Stand Up”

Directed by Kasi Lemmons, starring Cynthia ErivoJanelle MonáeLeslie Odom Jr.

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Rent on Amazon PrimeWatch on Peacock



Making of… Hardcover Book

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy®
Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics – “Letter to My Godfather”

Directed by Reginald Hudlin, starring Clarence AvantHank AaronGwen Adolph

This documentary follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics.

Watch on Netflix


Cleveland Named to Moviemaker’s 2022 Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker

Cleveland is rising up the ranks to 12th in MovieMaker Magazine’s best places for filmmakers to work and live.

Cleveland is a chameleon, capable of transforming into whichever city the script needs it to be.  Cleveland easily wears so many hats because there is an abundance and diversity of architecture, ranging from the 19th century to ultra-modern.  The topography ranges from flat as Kansas to cliffs and mountains, all within a short company move within a 30-mile radius. Local and state governments gladly work with production companies to cut through red tape.  And another beautiful trait: Clevelanders aren’t jaded.

It is refreshing how easy it is to film movies in Cleveland.  But the cost of living alone is enough to make Cleveland the best place for a filmmaker to live.  That’s why Cleveland is a filmmaker’s Shangri-La.

Click here to read the full article.

Support Film In Cleveland with AmazonSmile

You can use AmazonSmile every day of the year and support Cleveland Film when you shop!

Sign up for AmazonSmile and select Greater Cleveland Film Commission as your preferred charity at or in the Amazon Shopping App on iOS and Android.


  1. Join AmazonSmile – If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select the Greater Cleveland Film Commission to start generating donations, at no cost to you.
  2. Get the App – Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.
  3. Turn on AmazonSmile – Open the app and find ‘Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.


MakeMeSmile is a Chrome extension that automatically helps ensure that your Amazon purchase can be correctly attributed to Amazon Smile, a charitable program.

Make your online purchases count with no extra effort on your part by downloading this free extension.


Limited Edition ‘Guardian of Film’ Merchandise Available Again for the Holidays!

 ‘Guardian of Film’ Fundraiser is now back and open for a LIMITED time!
The campaign will run from November 18th – December 1st, 2021 for a delivery date of December 17th, 2021.


The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is the only 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to driving economic development and job creation by cultivating a robust film and television industry in Northeast Ohio.

Since 2009, media projects in Ohio have generated over $1.1 billion in economic impact and created 6,192 full-time equivalent jobs. More than 70% of Ohio’s film tax incentive spending occurs in Greater Cleveland, thanks to our work.

GCFC’s work to bring jobs and economic impact to our community is more important than ever.

CLICK HERE to Purchase a ‘Guardian of Film’ T-Shirt

CLICK HERE to Purchase a ‘Guardian of Film’ Hoodie

CLICK HERE to Purchase a ‘Guardian of Film’ Hat

By purchasing a Guardian of Film Limited Edition t-shirt, hoodie, or hat, a portion of the proceeds benefited our Sustainability Fund to support Film Commission operations during the Coronavirus pandemic. Your support helped GCFC’s vital programs and services to continue through the pandemic and thrive into the future.

*GCFC ‘Guardian of Film’ Fundraiser orders are fulfilled by CustomInk, LLC., and CustomInk, LLC will deliver ordered items by December 17th. Due to increased demand, shipping delays may occur, and the delivery date is not guaranteed. For questions, please contact CustomInk, LLC Help Center.

Get your start in Film & TV Production!

Did You Know: 95% of the people who work in the film industry never walk down the red carpet.

A film crew is made up of hundreds, sometimes thousands, more jobs than just the director, actors, or camera operators. Whether you’re fresh out of high school, trained at a vocational school, graduated college, or are simply looking for a career change, almost any job skill you have will translate to a career in the film and TV industry!

Check out this list below, which is just a handful, of possible career paths you can take to get your start in Film and Television Production.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to create jobs and economic impact for Northeast Ohio through a vibrant film and media arts industry. We pursue our mission by advocating for the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit (OMPTC), attracting productions to our region, and training the local workforce.

Since 2009, the GCFC has attracted over 300 productions, most recently Oscar®-winner Judas and the Black MessiahCherry, and Liam Neeson’s The Marksman. These projects have created 6,192 full-time equivalent jobs and brought $1.1 billion into Ohio’s economy.

YOU can benefit from our work.  The GCFC connects cast and crew talent directly to production opportunities by offering workshops, an affordable online FilmSkills training program, and a GCFC internship program!

Start learning today for your new Cleveland Film career tomorrow.

Greater Cleveland Film Commission Announces Leadership Transition

Motion Picture Location manager Bill Garvey named as New President|Photo by Jeff Downie

CLEVELAND, OH (July 12, 2021) – The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is pleased to announce that longtime Television and Motion Picture Location Manager Bill Garvey has been named the organization’s new President, effective September 27.

During his 26 years in the industry, Garvey has forged relationships with Marvel, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros., Netflix, HBO and NBC. Since moving to Ohio in 2008, he has spearheaded the filming of “Fast & Furious: Fate of the Furious,” “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “The Avengers,” among others.

Garvey’s credits prior to working in Ohio include “Shutter Island,” “National Treasure,” “Spiderman 2” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” For television, he also spent four seasons working on “Law & Order” and “The Sopranos.”

“Greater Cleveland has the architecture and infrastructure to become a major power player in the motion picture industry,” Garvey said. “Coming out of the COVID shutdown, there’s an explosion of content poised to enter production this year — a growth in production unlike any other time. But none of these movies will film in Ohio if not for the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit. The Greater Cleveland Film Commission has laid the groundwork for the last decade to build the industry here. There’s an urgent need to strengthen the Motion Picture Tax even further if we are to seize this substantial opportunity. The work of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission is essential to the continued growth of a robust, diverse industry workforce. These new economy jobs can keep our talented youth in Ohio while at the same time attract talent from out of state to move here. The GCFC’s partnership with the Tri-C Film Academy and Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts goes hand-in-hand with the rise of Northeast Ohio as a motion-picture hub.”

In his new role, Garvey will build upon the success the GCFC has already achieved in nurturing motion-picture investment here, and leverage his partnerships in television and motion-picture production to showcase Northeast Ohio to the world.

“We are pleased that Bill has accepted this essential role that will ensure that Cleveland will continue to grow as a motion-picture destination,” says Greater Cleveland Film Commission board chairman Tim Birch. “Under his leadership, the organization will be instrumental in attracting and generating the economic impact that will help the region thrive. His first-hand knowledge will help train and grow future industry professionals in Northeast Ohio.”

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC) is a 501c3 nonprofit, whose mission is to create jobs and economic impact for Northeast Ohio through a vibrant film and media arts industry. GCFC was the driving force behind the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit (OMPTC) in 2009. Since then GCFC has attracted over 300 productions, most recently “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Cherry” and Liam Neeson’s “The Marksman.” These projects have created 6,192 full-time equivalent jobs and brought over $1.1 billion into Ohio’s economy. GCFC connects cast and crew talent directly to production opportunities and invests in a strong local workforce by presenting workshops, seminars, FilmSkills training and internships, designed to give local talent the education, experience and professional connections to succeed in the film industry. GCFC works tirelessly to expand the film industry in Northeast Ohio, train and support a local workforce in order to generate real, sustainable opportunities that attract and retain talent.

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

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.

Lost in Sports Episode One: Master of the Gridiron

SOURCE: Lost in Sports | Ben Baskin
May 27, 2021

The Cleveland Browns are the most tortured franchise in sports. They have never won a Super Bowl. But in 1986, in the middle of the season, the players on the team filmed a time travel sorcery movie that prophesied they would do just that— it featured the novelty-singer Tiny Tim, had ninjas and sword fighting, a castle, a shotgun, and even a black bear. Ben searches for answers about why this obscure movie was made and why no one outside Cleveland has ever seen it.

Host and journalist Ben Baskin was recently joined by former Cleveland Browns center Mike Baab and his wife Lolis Garcia-Baab, Cleveland-native directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, Cleveland comedian Mike Polk Jr., WKYC Channel 3 sports commentator Jim Donovan, and #ClevelandFilm Stuntman Rick Fike, as they all discuss this forgotten, barbarian-themed classic.


Join host and journalist Ben Baskin on an adventure through time as he takes on some of the biggest questions in sports history— and some you never thought to ask. Every episode of Lost In Sports explores the mysteries of the lost, the forgotten and the disappeared, and goes on a quest for answers.

Want to watch the film? You can thank The Mike Polk Jr. Show for uploading it to YouTube!

InternCLE Episode 064 – Greater Cleveland Film Commission

SOURCE: InternCLE Podcast | Annette Kramer
May 14, 2021 | Episode 064

Mike Wendt and Maria Rouzzo joined me this week to talk about the Film industry and the opportunities the Greater Cleveland Film Commission connects its interns to.  I did not know much about the industry itself and this interview opened my eyes to the ins and outs of Film in Cleveland.

Mike shared that there is a tight family like feel to film production.  That the film industry uses a mentorship approach to bring people into, connect people and grow them in this unique field.

While currently forced to go remote, the GCFC year-round internship experience is a strong connector to the Film industry for students and adults alike, looking to gain entry.  In a non-COVID year, interns help Mike scout locations for films, help maintain databases that are used to catalog resources or support grant writing initiatives, get creative themselves coming up with promo videos or blog contributions, and so much more.

Here is more information about the GCFC Internship/Shadowing Program: All seasons are tentative for now, but they are always accepting applications! Apply by filling out this form. You can read more about GCFC’s internship program at this link. Keep in mind we cannot guarantee any access to any current productions that are filming.

Please contact EA/Office Manager Maria Rouzzo with any questions: [email protected]

GCFC Production Coordinator Mike Wendt – [email protected]

Stay up to date on jobs, workshops, events and other film/media production opportunities:

In the show we referenced the Greater Cleveland Sports Commissions interview on the podcast – you can find that episode here:

Around Town

Don’t forget to register for the Ohio Cooperative Education Association’s annual conference May 27-28th.  OCEA Conference –