Are there tax incentives for filmmakers in upstate NY?

Yes! The New York State Film Tax Credit Program makes New York an even more attractive destination – especially upstate! For more details visit

How much local crew is available in your region?

Plenty. We have well equipped grip companies, sound stages, numerous production and post facilities, and a large base of feature experienced crew. Our region holds one of the largest crew bases in Upstate New York.

How do I go about acquiring permits for filming in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region?

Whether you need to shoot in Downtown Rochester or on a farm two counties away your first phone call for permits should be to us as we cover such a large and diverse part of the state. Every city, town, or village agency deals with film shoots in different ways and we will work in conjunction with you and the specific permit office to ensure your production has official cooperation.

What kind of locations does the region have?

This area is truly one of the undiscovered gems as a shooting destination – visually unique and distinctive, the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region is one of the most beautiful regions in the country. The Finger Lakes is popular for the variety of Americana towns – New England style harbors and lighthouses, quaint villages with squares ringed by 19th century churches, and picturesque county roads. Our wine county has gently sloping vineyards amid 11 clear blue lakes – the second largest grape growing region in the country. You’ll find an abundance of dramatic waterfalls, canyons and gorges, and Amish/Mennonite farmland. For more urban shoots, we’ve got industrial neighborhoods, Art Deco downtowns, and universities in the Ivy League tradition. With a SMSA population of about 1 million, Rochester has doubled virtually any larger city in the U.S. Add snowy Christmases and spectacular fall foliage for great town and country scenery year round.