Film Industry

Film IndustryCity of Cleveland Department of Economic Development

Many stakeholders in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio work together to successfully market the area as an ideal location for film production. On top of that, the historic, large-city aspects of the area have drawn producers to use Cleveland as a background for their productions.

The vast array of vendors that help support the film-making process, as well as the amount of people who possess the skills to assist in the film industry in Greater Cleveland, make it hard for producers to pass on the benefits of shooting films here.

The Center for Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College for Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University prepared an economic impact of the media production industry in Northeast Ohio. The study concluded that from 2011 to 2015, the film industry was responsible for almost $82 million in economic impact to the region, while creating over 1,200 jobs.

Since passage of the Ohio Film Tax Credit in 2009, media production has brought in over $400 million in economic impact in the state. And, in the past two years, around 70 percent of all Ohio production dollars were spent in Northeast Ohio.

Over 30 productions were shot in Northeast Ohio in 2015, including recent Sundance Film Festival selection "The Land," written and directed by Cleveland's own Steven Caple, Jr. That list also includes “My Blind Brother,” which was featured at the 2016 South by Southwest Festival.

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission offers programs and services that support the local film community by attracting new businesses, new jobs and new money to Northeast Ohio. The Film Commission also works to create a nurturing environment in which Northeast Ohio’s film industry can grow and thrive.

With financial assistance from the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, the Greater Cleveland Film Commission has attracted feature films such as "The Avengers," "Fast 8," "Madtown," "Captain America," "Criminal Activities" and "Draft Day."

The Film Commission also worked with local schools and colleges to create a comprehensive local workforce to support the film industry and bring media production, ancillary businesses and related economic development to Greater Cleveland.

The Film Commission is committed to developing a qualified and job‐ready trained workforce through “Reel Education for Real Jobs” workshops to support increasing productions.

Due to the Film Commission’s advocacy efforts, Ohio legislators have committed $7.5 million to Cleveland State University to establish Ohio’s first standalone film school, which will be purpose-built (both in architecture and curriculum) to prepare a workforce that is ready to contribute at a high level in the media industry.