We Are Here For You – GCFC Film Community Resource Guide

The GCFC is open for business, and we are here for you!

At the Greater Cleveland Film Commission (GCFC), we value the health and safety of our community. While we practice social distancing safely at home, rest assured that it is business as usual for the GCFC during this uncertain time.

Working remotely, our staff continues to support filmmakers, crew, vendors, members, donors, partners and the public.

Together, we remain #OhioArtsStrong!

The situation surrounding COVID-19 is changing daily. For the latest health-related information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Also, Ohio has launched Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov to keep Ohioans informed and connected. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Department of Health Director Amy Acton provide daily briefings at about 2pm, available through many local television and radio news programs. 









Where do you turn with all your questions about the Cleveland Film industry? To the GCFC!

You can contact our staff with any questions you may have regarding the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, job notices and training, or anything else. Connect with us during our regular business hours of 9 a.m – 5 p.m.








ClevelandFilm.com is open 24/7 for all your production needs.

Find hardworking local crew and reliable local vendors in our Crew & Vendor Database. You can also sign up to be listed in our database for free!

Need to find your next filming location? Check out our extensive Online Locations Database.




Cleveland film production may be temporarily on hold, but you can make sure you’re ready once the cameras start rolling again.

What better time than now to learn new job skills, and get certified, with GCFC’s exclusive online program FilmSkills

Taught by over 150 leading Hollywood professionals, FilmSkills will teach you how to break up into the film industry, from being a Production Assistant to finding the department you want to work in.

Lock in special FilmSkills pricing now through April 30th! Click here to start learning.











The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), which was signed into law on Friday, March 27th, includes benefits for professionals in the creative arts, entertainment, and media production industries affected by COVID-19.

Check out these resources to see how you will be affected:

Unemployment Insurance Guide for Creative Professionals – This snapshot guide is for people who lost current or upcoming full- or part-time work. For the first time, 1099 workers will be able to get unemployment insurance.










Unemployment Provisions in the CARES Act – This fact sheet from the National Employment Law Project details the three new unemployment insurance programs and their benefits.

CARES Act Overview of Benefits – This additional overview outlines exactly what is in the CARES act.




Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) President & CEO Joe Roman talked with WTAM’s Bill Willis to breakdown the “CARES” Act. Listen to the interview here.

GCP also shared this CARES Act Summary.








I.A.T.S.E.’s Disaster Response Committee is closely following the most up-to-date guidance from the top health organizations around the world, and has provided links to member benefits, pension and health plan info, and links to support and charities on their website.

I.A.T.S.E. Update Portal








The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is working with other unions, public health officials and experts in their Safety and Health Department to provide the most up-to-date information and resources to help during the COVID-19 crisis.

Teamsters Resources







SAG-AFTRA has set up an online evolving hub of updates and resources for members to stay informed and supported during this time.

SAG-AFTRA Resources


On Friday, March 27th, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish talked with Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland about how Cuyahoga County is responding to the coronavirus crisis.

Mr. Budish highlighted various community resources to help those living with Cuyahoga County, including the United Way’s 2-1-1 service.

Serving 6 counties and covering 1.5 million people in Ohio, the United Way 2-1-1 Help Center provides FREE and confidential 24-hour access to a compassionate professional who will review your options for help, develop a plan and act as your advocate if you are faced with barriers to service.

Simply dial 2-1-1 or chat online for assistance. 




Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has quickly responded to the business needs of Greater Cleveland during this time of crisis, working with lawmakers and local businesses to ensure stability during this uncertain time.

If you find yourself currently out of work, check the list of local companies now hiring!







Recovers.org is a nonprofit organization that provides software, training, and support to communities before and after a disaster. Their Cleveland COVID-19 Community Hub is a great resource to find help and to lend a hand.

Get connected here.





As a non-profit organization, GCFC relies on donations, sponsorships, program fees and event income to operate. During the COVID-19 crisis, we will be unable to present screenings, workshops and events that further our mission and raise funds, which will impact our operating budget.

Your support is critical as we navigate this uncertain time.

Our work to attract business, create jobs and positively impact our economy is more important than ever. When we emerge from this crisis, our community of filmmakers, media professionals, crew and vendors will be anxious to get back to work!

Please consider making a gift to our Sustainability Fund, to support Film Commission operations through the crisis.