Film Office

Film in Champaign County

Situated in the heart of the Midwest, just hours south of Chicago, the Champaign-Urbana area offers an ideal film location for a variety of projects. Whether you're looking for historic architecture, farmland, a university campus or wide open spaces, Champaign-Urbana offers a diverse landscape with affordable, local services.

The Champaign-Urbana area has a rich history in film, most notably with the renowned Ebertfest, Roger Ebert's Film Festival held at the Historic Virginia Theatre. Each April, dozens of films are screened and panel discussions are held showcasing directors, producers and actors. The CU Film Society has introduced the Pens to Lens series, introducing K-12 students to filmmaking as their screenplay is brought to life by local filmmakers.

Our local crews and post-production services offer an impressive array of talent to help drive the success of your project.

In addition to our various landscapes and broad services, the state of Illinois offers a 30% Film Tax Credit that will help you stay on budget. Champaign-Urbana's housing options and services also offer affordable rates.

Download our Look Book to discover our many backdrops for your production.

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Get Involved

Interested in listing your home or business as a potential film location? Learn more about the process and complete our form to be considered.

We host a regular series of Film Workshops to get more information on what filming in Champaign County looks like, how the community can get involved, and many more topics. Learn more about what's coming up.

Local Resources

The greater Champaign-Urbana area has numerous local resources to get you started on your production. 

Check out these testimonials on the experience of filming in Champaign-Urbana.


Mark Brown
Champaign County Film Office at Experience Champaign-Urbana
17 E. Taylor St. | Champaign, IL 61820 | 217-351-4133

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