Department of Economic Development

Film and New Media

Film and New Media Creative Cluster

Since D.W. Griffith shot “Way Down East” (1920) along the Connecticut and White Rivers in Hartford, Vermont has been a backdrop to some to some of the cinema’s greatest luminaries.

These include Alfred Hitchcock (The Trouble with Harry, 1955) to Robert Zemeckis (What Lies Beneath, 2000), Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, 1998) to Lasse Halstrom (Cider House Rules, 1999). Vermont is also home to cherished local filmmakers including John O’Brien (Man With A Plan, 1996), Nora Jacobsen (The Vermont Movie, 2013), and Jay Craven (Northern Borders, 2013).

Film and new media comprises the motion picture arts and sciences across rapidly evolving platforms, from theatrical release to mobile devices. Vermont is home to a talent-base of writers, producers, directors, technicians and actors who produce outstanding fiction, documentary, and commercial work – from feature films to graphic animations.

The Office of the Creative Economy promotes the State of Vermont as a superb location for vernacular and outdoor film, television and media. The Office facilitates the participation of local individuals and companies in production, and supports the development of an active Vermont-based film, television, and new media industry. This includes providing support to activities that grow audiences, advance the knowledge and skills of our talent-base, and cultivate the growth of production infrastructure in the state.

How We Can Help

  • Locations: from intact historic villages to breathtaking state and national forest lands, Vermont has one of the most timeless landscapes in North America. The Office can connect you to location scouts, managers, and locales.
  • Laws and Permits: Vermont has relatively few regulations that have an impact on filmmaking in the state. The Office can act as a liaison with all state agencies to quickly facilitate your production needs.
  • Production: Over the years Vermont has cultivated an all-season production base with a passion for the Green Mountain State's creativity and quality of life. The Office can help you connect to Vermont's film talent.

The Office is committed to growing Vermont’s film, television and media industry, recognizing the cultural contribution Vermonter’s make to artistic vitality of the state and nation, as well as the economic impact in job creation and training. If you have a film or media project at any stage of production we want to know, and we're here to help. Reach out by sending an email to Lars Torres, Director or call 802-917-1788.

Resources

  • Film festival guide: list with contact information of Vermont's film festivals
  • Filmography: a list of films made in Vermont since 1920.
  • Vermont production guide: information about permits and crew resources in the state [coming soon. Email us for information about how to be included].
Photos courtesy: (T) Burlington City Arts, (L) Jay Craven/Kingdom County Productions, (TR) Mondo Mediaworks, (BR) James Valastro Productions

Lars Torres, Director
802-828-3618