Filming In California

California needs no introduction as to its significance in its contribution to the film and entertainment industries. Home to Los Angeles and Hollywood, the entertainment industry leads a creative economy worth $293 billion to the State. California and its Film Commission work to enhance the economic climate in California by keeping film industry jobs and projects in the state.

California has 118 State Parks, 9 State Recreation Areas & 8 State Forests. The geography of California offers settings that make also any creative production decision possible.

Entertainment insurance requirements are strict, but the film professionals across the State make the process simple. 

Film Insurance Requirements in the State of

Still photography, film, digital or new media without Automobiles:

Certificate(s) of Insurance (COI) as evidence of General Liability coverage in the amount not less than $1,000,000 for each occurrence.

A separate additional insured endorsement for the COI with the following wording: “the State of California, including its officers, agents and employees is named as additional insured, with respect to liability arising out of the operations related to filming on California state owned or operated property.”

Workers Compensation: State law requires companies provide proof of worker’s compensation coverage. If a company has no employees the company may submit a Workers Compensation waiver letter. (Please create your own document based on the sample template.)

Still photography, film, digital or new media with Automobiles:

Provide all documents listed above PLUS:

Automobile Liability “Owned,” “Hired” and “Non-Owned” coverage in an amount not less than $1,000,000 for each accident.

(The certificates must be in U.S. dollars.)

Certificate Holder: 

State of California 

7080 Hollywood Blvd. 

Hollywood, CA 90028

Disclaimer: The encapsulated production information on this page is provided for general purposes only and should not be construed as advice. While we do our utmost to keep all information up to date, production requirements change often. The best source for details is the film office itself.

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