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.
Most recently, the film Consumed was shot and produced entirely in Champaign-Urbana, featuring a wide variety of locals to tell a story of a mother on a quest to uncover the cause of her son's mysterious illness.
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.
The greater Champaign-Urbana area has numerous local resources to get you started on your production.
Productions near and far have selected Champaign-Urbana as their film backdrop. Here's just a few that shot in our community.
- Rising Phoenix
- BMW Performance Wheelchair
- Square—Case Studies: Reynold's Towing
- Boundless Productions: Great American Railroads
- Killing Eleanor
- Harder Than You Think
- The Pooka (short)
- Pens to Lens (short film collection)
Brands that have filmed in Champaign-Urbana include:
- Bad Boy Off Road
- Dow AgroSciences
- Hillshire Farm
- Illinois Office of Tourism
- Jimmy John's
- Midwest Living Magazine
- Simply Amish
Check out these testimonials on the experience of filming in Champaign-Urbana.
Champaign County Film Office at Experience Champaign-Urbana
17 E. Taylor St. | Champaign, IL 61820