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Filmmakers have chosen Flagstaff and the surrounding area as a prime shoot location since the early 1920s.
Good News! AZ Film Tax Incentives Update (May 26, 2023)
We have good news to report! Applications for the AZ Motion Picture Production Program are now available.
Here's how to get started and apply:
To create a new account, click here.
Fill out the form with all necessary information. For “Industry” select Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation. For "Primary Program of Interest," select The Arizona Motion Picture Production Program.
Once you submit this form, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) will create an account and send you an email from the ACA Help Desk with your unique username and a temporary password (please check your junk mail folder).
Login here with your username and temporary password (both are case-sensitive). You’ll be prompted to create a new password.
Once logged in, you're now ready to apply. Click “Incentives". Select Motion Picture Production.
Complete the Motion Picture Production: Initial Application for Pre-Approval.
If you'd like to read the rules for the new program, click here.
Contact: Cindy Grogan, AZ Commerce Authority Senior Program Manager, Financial Incentives office 602-845-1221 or email: CindyG@azcommerce.com.
Flagstaff’s destination for all seasons is film ready for your location and project needs. Please contact Flagstaff Film Commissioner Ryan Randazzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (928) 213-2915 to learn more about filming in Flagstaff.
Beautiful landscapes, panoramic views, a four-season climate, neighborhood atmospheres and historic areas are just the beginning of the many wonderful locations readily available.
Flagstaff is the largest city and a regional center for northern Arizona making it ideal for your production base. The city links I-40 to I-17, Highway 89 to Page and Utah and Highway 180 to the Grand Canyon. Historic Route 66 also passes through Flagstaff. The city offers a variety of lodging, dining and shopping opportunities for cast and crew.
Visualize breathtaking backdrops for any project. Within 45 minutes from Flagstaff you can find lush Alpine aspen meadows and extensive pine forest, primeval lava flows and volcanoes, the snow capped San Francisco Peaks, numerous lakes, the Red Rock canyons of Sedona and mysterious Native American dwellings.
Flagstaff is a great “set” in itself with a restored historic downtown area including the old Santa Fe Railway Station, a turn-of-the-century college campus, famous homesteads and Lowell Observatory.
With over 300 days of sunshine, free use of state roads and state parks, pre-negotiated discounts from hotels, rental vehicles, restaurants, and more - plus cash rebates from equipment vendors, Arizona is the right choice for your next production. Few states offer Arizona’s endless variety of outdoor scenic vistas, all within a few hours’ drive, along with production services and post-production facilities rivaling the best in the nation. Lower production costs, streamlined permitting processes, experienced crews and talent: everything your production needs is right here and right next door.
To learn more visit the Arizona Commerce Authority Film Office website.
Come discover why Arizona is America's Backlot!
The inaugural Flagstaff International Film Festival will take place in the cool pines of Northern Arizona at the Orpheum Theater (15 W. Aspen Ave) August 26-27, 2023. Their mission is to provide opportunities to connect artists with their community by showcasing exceptional works by filmmakers from around the world. Through an annual end-of-summer film festival they will present quality films to locals, visiting enthusiasts, and industry professionals in their small and intimate mountain town.