Film in Champaign County
Situated in the heart of the Midwest, just hours south of Chicago, Champaign County 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 County offers a diverse landscape with affordable, local services.
Champaign County 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 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 County, featuring a wide variety of locales 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 County's housing options and services also offer affordable rates.
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Permits are required when used in the right of ways (sidewalks, parking lots, streets, etc.) and on city, University of Illinois, or Park District property.
NOTE: News crews, handheld interviews, documentaries, B-roll, and other low impact productions typically do not require a permit, as long as it does not interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Let us know your production plan and we can advise you.
Champaign County Film Office at Visit Champaign County
17 E. Taylor St. | Champaign, IL 61820