Film is often viewed as an urban activity, something that can only be done in big cities due to available resources. People may film some scenes in a small region, but sometimes it ends up as green screen material instead. In Colorado, however, that doesn’t have to be the case. The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media may be centrally located in Denver, but there are plenty of regional and rural film commissions available to help filmmakers make an authentic film, no big city necessary.
Regional film commissions are located almost everywhere in Colorado, regardless of the size of the area it inhabits. There are some regional offices in larger cities, such as those in Boulder and Colorado Springs, and some in smaller regions like Telluride and the San Luis Valley. Each office offers resources to filmmakers in the region, including information on permits, finding local talent and vendors and strategies for working with local officials and community members.
Teller County is one of these resourceful film commissions. It acts as a hub of all things necessary for filmmakers in the region, such as talent services and hosting events to promote filming, but it also enhances the filmmaking community as a whole, with events for film education and networking. The Teller County Film Commission has had a huge impact, not only for artists, but for the local economy, with an impact of $463,064 since its implementation.
Other regional commissions have also made a splash in the Colorado film scene, with Glenwood Springs serving as a backdrop for the 2005 movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and other regions sporting beautiful locations of mountains, rivers, open spaces and historic town settings. Each location offers a different view of Colorado with their own versatility and resources. Filmmakers thus don’t have to worry about if they can film somewhere, but rather which beautiful region they should choose.
Click here to learn more about the regional Colorado film offices.