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About Film 

Film Columbus was formed to promote the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio as a filmmaking destination.

Columbus stands tall as a vibrant cultural hub, celebrated for its unwavering commitment to the arts and innovation. With pride, we share that our city is home to the nation’s top-ranked library and science center, exemplifying our dedication to education and exploration. Amidst this dynamic landscape, you’ll discover the renowned Wexner Center for the Arts, a testament to our commitment to world-class artistic expression.

But that’s not all; Columbus boasts three beautifully restored historic theaters, a bustling downtown adorned with picturesque riverfront parklands, and a spirited and diverse community of individual creatives who infuse our city with their unique perspectives and talents.

Here in Columbus, film isn’t just a passion; it’s an integral part of our identity. We embrace the fusion of art AND business, fostering a thriving cinematic ecosystem that fuels our city’s creative spirit.


Making of movie video in big production studio and film crew team shooting or recording by professional digital camera and lighting set equipment.


Our Why

To enrich our community through the art AND business of film.


Our How

By convening and empowering individuals, organizations, and businesses in the spirit of collaboration.


Our What

So that Columbus is recognized as a top city for film production, education and exhibition and film is recognized as an art form that has a measurable impact on the economy, individuals and community.

Ohio is a leader in the United States with tax credits for productions paying out quarterly.

The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit offers up to a 30% refundable tax credit.

Columbus is the largest city in Ohio. It is located in central Ohio on the Scioto and Olentangy rivers. As the 15th largest city in the United States, Columbus is located within 550 miles of half of the U.S. population and downtown is just 10 minutes from Port Columbus International Airport.

Columbus can double as a vast array of locations, and with the low cost of living, the city is a great option for productions of all sizes.

Film Columbus is here to help film and commercial productions by providing the wide range of necessary resources a production requires.

Our Staff

  • John Daugherty

    Film Commissioner, Director

For all things production related, including location information, email us at:

Advisory Board


  •  Kaylon Allshouse
  • Bret Icenhower
  • Johanna McGinley
  • Kingsley Nyarko
  • Julianna Politsky
  • Brett Reiter
  • Sydney Roberts-Crews
  • Rafael Rosado
  • Kyoung Swearingen
  • Jim Sweeney
  • Gabriel Toliver
  • Otis Winston

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