Rochester / Finger Lakes Film Commission

Let’s talk Sundance!

04 Feb

Today’s entry is a recap of the The NY Lounge at Sundance. There was a whole new concept in the Lounge this year. Tables and chairs were replaced with couches and ottomans so the atmosphere was much more casual. Every morning there was a catered breakfast, with a different sponsor each morning. Guests at the […]

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Of Course You Call The Film Commission First!

06 Jan

Question: Why You Should Work With A Film Commission? Answer: If you need assistance in securing detailed information about a location including local crew and talent; equipment; permits; public property; hard and soft incentives; government liaisons; research and referral; and more. That’s why. Films Commissions provide their services to production companies free of charge. Our […]

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What a Festival!

30 Oct

I couldn’t let another day go by without posting some of my thoughts on the 2014 High Falls Film Festival. And what a festival it was! The programming committee spent countless hours screening all of the films that were submitted via Without-A-Box and Festival Freeway. I am not sure exactly how many films were submitted, […]

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and then…..

01 Aug

blog, blog,blog….Every day I sit down at my desk and tell myself “today I will update our blog space”. E-mails, phone calls, meetings; and the next thing I know another day has gone by and still no updated blog post. Today is the day! We are being kept very busy here at the Rochester Film […]

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And…….we’re back!

30 Jun

I have no idea how so much time has passed since the last time I posted news on the ROC Film Commission blog. The weather finally cooperated, and it was almost as if someone fired the starter’s pistol for productions to get underway. We have been keeping very busy here at the Film Commission.  Out of town […]

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Can you Imagine?

11 Feb

I had the craziest dream last night. I was speaking to a group of producers and location scouts….I was really pouring on the drama. Here’s how I remember the dream. “Imagine a region with locations that are exactly the way you envision for your film. Imagine that they are affordable and film friendly. Imagine low-cost […]

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That’s a wrap!

23 Dec

As we prepare to close out another year as Film Commission for the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions, we wanted to leave you all with a brief review on the activity at the office. We handled approximately 280 calls from out of town and regional filmmakers; representing feature films, network TV, reality TV , commercials, […]

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Giving Thanks

25 Nov

In between juggling location scouts and 2014 budget plans, watching weather reports for upcoming filmmaker visits and scheduling sales calls in NYC for December, planning for Sundance Film Festival and updating website listings, reporting activity and fielding calls; your Film Commission wanted to reflect on what we are thankful for this year. We have the […]

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What day is it? It’s hump day!

23 Oct

Sorry for the lapse in blog posts; we are unusually busy for this time of year. What are we doing? Well, I am glad that you asked that question. Aside from the unending flow of calls from out of town producers who are considering shooting in the region, all needing information on support services, crew, […]

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Film Incentives….all in favor say “Action!”

14 Oct

Follow up to the article in yesterday’s D&C regarding the NYS Film Incentive Program. href=”http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/2013/10/12/red-carpet-treatment-ny-doles-out-millions-to-lure-film-tv-shoots/2972953/” title=”NY film Incentive”>. This incentive program is a very useful tool, in our efforts to attract Film Production to Upstate NY. The Rochester/Finger Lakes region has the infrastructure and support services that producers look for when searching for locations needed […]

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