Film New Orleans

Locations. Resources. Incentives.


What is the role of Film New Orleans?

Film New Orleans is the primary liaison between film and television productions and other City agencies. The office is responsible for marketing and attracting film and television related business for the purpose of economic development, for assisting productions with the permitting process and in connecting with local Crew and Resources, and for facilitating good communication between productions and the local community to strike a balance between film activity and quality of life.

How can Film New Orleans help you to find locations?

For assistance regarding customized file pulls, please contact Film New Orleans at 504.658.4315.

How can Film New Orleans assist in finding hotels and accommodations?

Check our listing of accommodations in the Crew and Resources database under Food & Lodging.

What is Film New Orleans’ Permitting Policy?

Film New Orleans acts as a liaison for all film and video projects working in the city. The City of New Orleans generates a blanket, free of charge film certificate. This film certificate is required in order to acquire all additional permits through other city agencies. More information can be found on our permitting page.

It is strongly recommended you contact the office to begin planning your work in the city as early as possible. Office staff is available to consult and assist even in the initial stages of project development. Certain requests and activities such as pyrotechnic effects, street closures, parking requests, or filming in the historic French Quarter may require permitting through city agencies other than Film New Orleans. The Office will act as your project’s personal liaison and will provide one-on-one consulting to determine what permits and agencies you will need to make your project a success.

All projects seeking to film in Orleans Parish must initially submit an Application for Filming. This form will help Film New Orleans identify your project’s basic needs and appropriate contact person/s.

The City of New Orleans must be additionally insured and a Certificate of Insurance must be submitted prior to filming.

Prior to principal photography, Film New Orleans will host a New Orleans City Hall Production Meeting for all feature films and large-scale productions. Unlike other major metropolitan cities your production will have the opportunity to engage in a one-on-one consulting session with City of New Orleans Agencies to troubleshoot any logistical issues before the camera and your budget dollars begin to roll!

At this meeting Location Managers will present Parking and Street Closure Requests and Community Notification Procedures will be discussed. Time and time again productions have commented that the expertise of the knowledgeable locals shared at these meetings have proven invaluable.

Some work will require permits from other respective City of New Orleans agencies or departments. Examples include but are not limited to: Pyrotechnics, Street Closures/Parking Requests, Use of City-Owned Property such as Jackson Square and other public parks, etc.

What are the requirements for use of special effects and explosives?

A detailed proposal is required for the use of any Special Effects or Explosives including (but certainly not limited to) fire effects, water effects, explosions, gunshots, car crashes, stunts, driving shots, etc.  Proposals will be thoroughly examined by Film New Orleans, the NOPD, the NOFD, and any other necessary or affected parties.

What are the local law enforcement requirements?

Filming may require the support of the NOPD, NOFD, and other law enforcement agencies. Proposed activity may be vetted through Film New Orleans, and specific requirements will be directly addressed. This activity includes, but is not limited to, street closures, pyrotechnics, driving shots, and stunts.

Is the New Orleans International Airport Film Friendly?

Yes, all requests for filming at the New Orleans International Airport (MSY) may be vetted through Gina Giarelli at [email protected] or 504.303.7567.

What are local union requirements and who are the local representatives?

Louisiana Act 1976 , No. 97 includes the provision that “no person shall be required, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a member of any labor organization, or to pay any dues, fees, assessments, or other charges of any kind to a labor organization.”

For union information please visit I.A.T.S.E. Local 478  I.A.T.S.E. Local 478 is a union of experienced motion picture and television production professionals based in New Orleans, which covers all of Louisiana and the Gulf South.

I.A.T.S.E. Local 478
Address: 432 North Anthony St. Suite 305, New Orleans, LA 70119
President: Phil Locicero
Phone: 504-486-2192
Fax: 504-483-9961
E-mail: [email protected]

Business Agent: Cory Parker
Phone: 504-486-2192
Fax: 504-483-9961
E-mail: [email protected]

Teamsters Local 270
Address: 2207 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
Business Agent: Stephen Sorrell, Jr.
Phone: 504-945-3152 Ext. 221
Fax: 504-945-0003
E-mail: [email protected]

International Cinematographers Guild Local 600
Address:  7463 Conroy-Windermere Rd., Ste. A, Orlando, FL 32835
Southeastern Business Representative: John Hilsman
Phone: 407-295-5577
Fax: 407-295-5335
E-mail: [email protected]

What if I have other questions that aren’t answered here?

Please direct inquiries concerning Frequently Asked Questions to [email protected] or call 504.658.4315.