Film Office Seeks Funding Partners

October 26, 2009

The Mendocino County Film Office, which is housed and supported mainly by the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, continues to apply for funding partnerships throughout the county.

This year the Fort Bragg Promotions Committee was able to budget $800 from the City of Fort Bragg to help with some of the expenses of the Film Office.  We have also learned that Visit Mendocino has budgeted $5,000 this year for the film office. These funds will help cover some of the expenses such as promoting the county at the Association of Film Commissioners International (A.F.C.I.) Locations Tradeshow, in the spring. As well as the film commission training and attendance at A.F.C.I.’s Cineposium this fall, promotion at various events, expenses related to assisting location scouts when they are scouting our county, and Film Hats for events and scouts who come to our county looking for locations.

Other expenses associated with the Film Office are memberships with A.F.C.I. and the F.L.I.C.S. (Film Liaisons In California Statewide), as well as support and attendance at the California Only Tradeshow (coordinated jointly by the Film Liaisons In California Statewide and the California Film Commission), and attendance at quarterly board meetings of the F.L.I.C.S. We also support the C.O.L.A.’s (California On Location Awards) where location scouts and managers are recognized for their work in finding the perfect location, and working through the obstacles associated with filming on location.

The Film Office was pleased to be a part of the welcoming committee for the Producer’s Guild of America (P.G.A.), when Visit Mendocino asked the Mendocino County Film Office to say a few words at the luncheon. It was held in Ukiah at Parducci’s, Saturday, October 10, 2009. Mendocino County Film Hats were distributed as welcome gifts from the film office at the event.

About 25 members of the P.G.A. made a weekend trip from their meeting in San Francisco to visit Mendocino County. They stayed in Hopland, ate in Ukiah, sampled the wines all over our wine region, and had a shopping time in the beautiful village of Mendocino, a fabulous catered reception in Elk and then dinner in Elk, before heading back to Hopland.

We were pleased to learn that one of the attendees with the Producers Guild is considering bringing a project to our county. We continue to be in contact with him to assist in making this happen.

We have also been busy helping a scout for a catalog shoot in the month of November. Assisting with finding props, locations, and lodging is a part of what the Mendocino County Film Office does, as well as guiding them through the permit process, contacts, services, and more.

The Mendocino County Film Office now has a Facebook Page where you can post location photos and you can follow us on Twitter.

For more information on the Film Office you can find us at http://www.filmmendocino.com.

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Producer’s Guild of America Tour of Mendocino County

October 13, 2009

We were so excited to be a part of the welcoming committee when Visit Mendocino asked the Mendocino County Film Office to say a few words at the luncheon in Ukiah, Saturday, October 10, 2009.

About 25 members of the PGA made a weekend trip from their meeting in San Francisco to visit Mendocino County. They stayed in Hopland, ate in Ukiah, sampled the wines all over our wine region, and had a shopping time in the beautiful village of Mendocino, a fabulous catered reception in Elk and then dinner in Elk, before heading back to Hopland. We hope they come back soon and maybe one of them will bring a film project to our beautiful county.

Cheers!

Debra De Graw


C.O.L.A.’s October 11, 2009

October 6, 2009

Working with Visit Mendocino to welcome the PGA (Producer’s Guild of America) tour coming from San Francisco up to Mendocino County for the weekend. Will miss being at the California On Location Awards this year, which is October 11, but we were able to provide a small sponsorship to help with the event this year.  Great way to recognize location scouts who make commercials, television, and film projects in California.

http://www.californiaonlocationawards.com/MasterOfCeremonies.htm


Timeless beauty

October 2, 2009

Welcome to our County of Timeless Villages and Natural Beauty

For over 100 years Mendocino County has played host to the film industry. From silent movies like “The Promise” in the early 1900’s to the DreamWorks production of “The Majestic” in 2001, the Mendocino Coast has been home to a variety of movies and TV series. Beauty, charm, and diversity is evident from the breathtaking locations which offer everything from sandy beaches to jagged cliffs, to the redwood forests, winding country roads, and historic and picturesque towns that seem locked in a time warp of a bygone Victorian era.


Hello world!

September 24, 2009

Hello World! My name is Debra De Graw and I am the Film Commissioner for the County of Mendocino. Our film office is housed at the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, in Fort Bragg, California. I am also the CEO of the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, and wearing two hats keeps me busy. I love it!

We became a film office back in the late 1990’s, and represent the county, thanks to the determination and passion of Cammie Conlon, who played Little Bonnie Blue Butler in Gone With the Wind. She was the Marketing Coordinator for the Chamber at the time and she ran the film office.  She worked with the incorporated cities of the county (four of them) and the board of supervisors to be recognized as the official film office for the county to the California Film Commission.

Mendocino County continues to be active with AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) and the FLICS (Film Liaisons In California Statewide).