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California Senate Committee Approves $400-Million-Per-Year Incentives Bill

The bill, which has been supported by FLICS, looks to expand the film tax credit by increasing funding to more than $400 million a year and allowing more projects to qualify has so far drawn wide support in Sacramento, Variety reports.

Film Friendly Courthouses in California

Finding a film-friendly courthouse may have been difficult due to state and federal courthouse regulations, however, if you are searching for a traditional, film friendly old world courthouse/courtroom, you can find it 20 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport in San Mateo County, CA.

With film experience under their belt, you will find this beautiful, traditional courthouse/courtroom filming location to be “the real thing”’. Located in downtown Redwood City, CA with lots of parking, this filming location not only has the original exterior, and an 1910 old world courtroom, with one of the oldest stained glass ceilings in California, in which scenes for the feature film Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) were filmed. For additional digital images, contact information or general filming questions, please contact the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Film Commission. You can contact Brena Bailey, Film Commissioner, at 650-348-7600 or by email at bbailey@smccvb.com.

FLICS Locations of Note

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, the 35-story landmark in downtown Los Angeles known for its revolving cocktail lounge, giant atrium and cylindrical glass towers, has added another production to its list of credits: the science-fiction movie "Interstellar" from director Chris Nolan.


Filmed in San Francisco, and directed by Matt Reeves with a script from Scott Z. Burns, Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa and Mark Bomback, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has topped the box office the first weeks of its release.

Based on a true story, McFarland stars Kevin Costner who plays a coach living in a predominantly Hispanic town who creates a high school track team that must overcome social and physical hurdles to become champions during the 1980s. Locations shooting includes Kern County.