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Filming in Tennessee

The Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission understands the demands of production and the need for accessible information, when you need it, no matter where you are, and at any time.

On a plane? At the beach? On location with your laptop? You will find information on locations, incentives, permits/contracts and much more within these pages that is pertinent to your project, enabling you to spend more time on the creative process.

Whether your project is a commercial, music video, a feature, an EPK, a TV broadcast shoot or something in-between, this website will provide you with valuable insight to shooting in Tennessee.

  • Working closely with the regional film commissions and county film liaisons, we can guide you to the information and locations that are specific to your project, putting you in touch with the people that make it happen.
  • The diverse topography of the western delta and plains to Middle Tennessee's rolling hills and the soaring peaks of the Smokies in East Tennessee offers three distinct geographical looks. For specific location information visit the locations section.
  • Tennessee is a right-to-work state and welcomes both non-union and union productions. Learn more about Tennessee's talented and extensive crews in the Production Directory.
  • Covering 41,219 square miles Tennessee is served by 6 major interstates, 3 major railroads and 5 regional airports, 2 of which offer nonstop flights between Tennessee and Los Angeles or New York.
  • Tennesseans enjoy four distinct, yet generally mild seasons. Our climate provides filmmakers with favorable conditions for working throughout the year with a minimum of weather related disruptions.
  • Tennessee is divided into two Time Zones. Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Eastern part of the state are in EST while the rest of the state is on CST.
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