Monterey County Film Commission

Monterey County Film Commission Welcome to the OFFICIAL page for the Monterey County Film Commission! www.filmmonterey.org
A nonprofit organization working to increase the economy in Monterey County through on-location filming and enhanced business for crew, businesses and services related to the film industry. Since our inception, MCFC has tracked more than $111 million is positive economic activity throughout Monterey County.
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To Big Sur...with Love.  Visit or camp responsibly.
08/08/2020

To Big Sur...with Love. Visit or camp responsibly.

No, you're not dreaming. Today is Global Sleep Under the Stars Night. Please camp in designated areas only so we can all sleep tight.

Milky way over Big Sur, CA

Nothing like it!
08/08/2020

Nothing like it!

Gotta love the view of fog rolling into Big Sur! Ready for the weekend?

Trying to keep Big Sur safe....
08/08/2020
Monterey County Weekly

Trying to keep Big Sur safe....

Giving no advance notice, the U.S. Forest Service today, Aug. 7, ordered four dirt roads in Big Sur closed through Oct. 19.

FLICS - Film California
08/05/2020
FLICS - Film California

FLICS - Film California

FilmLA said Wednesday that it has received more than 570 film permits for 422 film, TV and commercial projects since mid-June, when the City of Los Angeles and L.A. County got the OK to begin the process of resuming film and TV production

See Monterey
08/01/2020

See Monterey

Miles and miles of breathtaking views... Post Ranch Inn is open with new measures and service enhancements to ensure your stay is relaxing, healthful and inspiring. Remember to travel responsibly. http://ow.ly/GJJm50AMSqI

Visiting Big Sur?  Please do it responsibly!
07/31/2020

Visiting Big Sur? Please do it responsibly!

Remember the Soberanes Fire? It was sparked by an illegal campfire in Garrapata State Park. It burned for three months, destroyed 57 homes, killed 1 and burned 132,127 acres. The land is recovering, but we need your help. Please DO NOT camp illegally and DO NOT start campfires in un-designated areas. Take the Big Sur Pledge now: http://ow.ly/cOk650AMSTb

Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California

The beauty of the Salinas Valley....flowers and fields of lettuce!Photo:  Karen Seppa Nordstrand
07/30/2020

The beauty of the Salinas Valley....flowers and fields of lettuce!
Photo: Karen Seppa Nordstrand

Dennis the Menace Park at El Estero is getting some new looks and adding fun for the kids....once it's allowed to re-ope...
07/20/2020

Dennis the Menace Park at El Estero is getting some new looks and adding fun for the kids....once it's allowed to re-open.

A few more pictures of our Dennis the Menace Playground improvements from today! 🦀 We are taking advantage of the playground closure to get lots of improvements done. We hope that families will enjoy the new play structures once we are allowed to reopen!

Flashback Friday--Film Monterey County...You won't believe your eyes!  A booth theme at the L.A. Locations tradeshow som...
07/17/2020

Flashback Friday--Film Monterey County...You won't believe your eyes! A booth theme at the L.A. Locations tradeshow some years back. Eye chart backdrop tells the story and "caught the eye" of filmmaker attendees.

Netflix Reveals 10 Most Popular Movies
07/17/2020
Netflix Reveals 10 Most Popular Movies

Netflix Reveals 10 Most Popular Movies

Netflix is notoriously secretive about how many people watch the movies and television shows it spends so lavishly to produce. The streaming giant did offer a little more clarity on the popularity …

Things are just ducky at Lake El Estero in Monterey, where you can do social distancing with ease while having fun in th...
07/08/2020

Things are just ducky at Lake El Estero in Monterey, where you can do social distancing with ease while having fun in the sun!
Photos: Karen Seppa Nordstrand

07/08/2020

For those who've ever worked in film production.

Big Sur State Parks
07/08/2020

Big Sur State Parks

"One of the most expensive things you can do is pay attention to the wrong people"-Lewis Carrol

Happy #McWayMonday

Despite its beauty McWay falls is dangerous and wildly unsafe. Contrary to common belief, you CANNOT get down to the beach at #juliapfiefferburnsstatepark. Many have tried and ultimately they end in tragedy. Nobody wants to spend their vacation airlifted out. Plus, you'll get hit with a nasty fine. So while it is a bummer you can't take the shower of your dreams. Let's all be grateful for the fact we can still enjoy the view and all its worth. Besides nobody wants to see a crowded waterfall beach anyhow!

#bigsur #CAStateParks #aliceinwonderland #lewiscarroll #waterfall #california #danger #Findyourpark #recreateresponsibly #McWayFalls #highway1

Monterey Herald
07/07/2020
Monterey Herald

Monterey Herald

Coronavirus: State orders Monterey County bars, indoor dining to close back down

California Film Commission
07/07/2020
California Film Commission

California Film Commission

CFC Executive Director Colleen Bell talks about navigating a crisis, resuming production and other challenges. Thanks
The Hollywood Reporter and Bryn Sandberg for the Q&A.

#filmproduction #TV #production #filmcommission #filmoffice #filmindustry

Sittin' on the dock by the Monterey Bay....Photos:  Karen Seppa Nordstrand
07/06/2020

Sittin' on the dock by the Monterey Bay....
Photos: Karen Seppa Nordstrand

Some eye-opening sights in the north part of Monterey County, from Castroville's giant artichoke to Moss Landing's color...
07/02/2020

Some eye-opening sights in the north part of Monterey County, from Castroville's giant artichoke to Moss Landing's colorful buildings and Royal Oaks massive county park.

FLICS - Film California
07/01/2020
FLICS - Film California

FLICS - Film California

A dozen projects were selected for a total of $40 million tax credit allocations by the California Film Commission.

The 12 projects are expected to generate nearly $225 million in qualified spending, defined as below-the-line wages to California workers and payments to in-state vendors.

Carmel by the Sea
06/30/2020
Carmel by the Sea

Carmel by the Sea

Come visit charming Carmel-by-the-Sea where our priority is your safety and well-being.

Carmel by the Sea...so special.
06/27/2020

Carmel by the Sea...so special.

A day by the sea is always good for the soul. Outdoor activities such as surfing, jogging, and ocean recreational use are beneficial to relieve stress during these stressful times. While you enjoy nature, make sure to practice social distancing to allow others to do the same.

So many trails and photo ops!
06/19/2020
See Monterey

So many trails and photo ops!

Get out, connect with nature and explore our wide-open, breathtaking views. Click here for a list of top hiking trails that are open in Monterey County.

Cheers to you in Monterey County!
06/17/2020

Cheers to you in Monterey County!

Wineries are now open! Plan your trip and experience Monterey County's award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. With 60+ tasting rooms set in picturesque California backdrops (right near Monterey Bay), it's no wonder Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Monterey one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations” in the world. Click here for more info: https://montereywines.org/ Monterey Wines

See Monterey
06/13/2020

See Monterey

The waves always break... Many Monterey County beaches are now open. Remember to travel responsibly.

Photo credit: @dirollin on IG

See Monterey
06/13/2020
See Monterey

See Monterey

The moment has arrived! Monterey County is thrilled to announce that we are officially open and welcoming back travelers. Click here to get the scoop. http://ow.ly/C18k50A6Apo

A Carmel by the Sea classic...
06/06/2020

A Carmel by the Sea classic...

Known for it's its abundance of fauna and flora, The Forge is a dining experience like no other. With the outdoor dining options at the Forge, this place is a must see. On top of that, the property has a wonderful history. Artist and writer Henry Miller and the internationally renowned writer, John Steinbeck were frequent visitors who met with other locals inside The Forge, to drink, tell stories and talk. The Grapes of Wrath novel was reported to have been inspired inside The Forge as a result of one such meeting. When Francis Whitaker left Carmel in the mid-1960s, The Forge became an artist’s studio. In the fall of 1970, The Forge was then converted into a restaurant and saloon

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801 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, CA
93940

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00

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(831) 646-0910

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Primary activity is the promotion and marketing of Monterey County locations, crew and services to the film industry and responding to film industry requests. Marketing activities include film industry trade shows, trade advertising, direct mail, online film resources guide and website photo library, sales calls and more. Film industry assistance includes timely response with information on local resources, crew referrals, permit issues, and photographs of countywide locations.

The film commission holds event and provides educational programs related to the film industry and works as a local liaison to keep Monterey County “film-friendly.” MCFC coordinates programs and events locally including “Hollywood in Your Backyard,” “Focus on Film” and “REEL Jobs” lectures, and an annual film student scholarship. The purpose of these events is to educate local residents about various aspects of filmmaking and to raise funds for the nonprofit film commission. We are supported in part by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and would welcome your financial support as well.

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Monterey is such a beautiful area it's no wonder that it is a popular spot to shoot films! I think location can have so much influence on the overall look and feel of a film. I recently saw the sci-fi thriller Empathy, Inc. which, in spite of an indie budget, had some gorgeous backdrops for its chilling tale. This film had such a classic horror look that screamed mystery and eeriness. It found it to be one of my favorite indie releases of the year, and I recommend giving it a watch now that it can be streamed on vod platforms.
Many are enjoying whale watching and photographing these days on Monterey Bay. Photos: Karen Seppa Nordstrand
Good morning Del Monte Beach and Monterey!
Hi MCFC Friends! I'm doing a deal on the Liberace Show this weekend. Come tonight & see at 7:30 PM and tomorrow at 2:30pm. Grand Central Station Building in Pacific Grove. DM for details. 😀😀
Hi MCFC Friends! What a thrilling event last night! BLL was epic and the Monterey Conference center delightful. I have a casting notice. HELP PLEASE! Looking for an non-union FEMALE 24-30 who is an exceptional singer for a SAG Short-film. On-camera experience. Small Scene no pay or if SAG, working deferred. Nina Martina is casting and you may see a breakdown coming for her as well.
Hi MC Film Friends. Two LA actors looking for a DP/Videographer & possibly a director all rolled into one for a two day short film shoot on central coast. Please DM Jon-Mark Hurley for more information. We would love to talk with you if you find interest. Some pay involved.
Such good memories working as an extra in Monterey. Here's the Sentinel article I wrote about Turner and Hooch.
Hey Monterey! Your local theater Osio Theater is having the premiere of director Phil Allocco's remarkable new rom-com The Truth About Lies this Friday! Depicting a relationship between a down on his luck guy and his boss's wife, the film explores the power of lies and their destructive nature! It is indescribably funny and oddly relevant. Well worth the trip to the theater, enjoy!
Speaking of Reese Witherspoon. I popped by her Bev. Hills office and left a copy of Tillie Lewis: The Tomato Queen that should be played and produced by Ms. Reese. http;//kyleelizabethwood.com
They're available now...just got the "Big Little Lies" DVD!