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Welcome to the Nebraska Film Office

Spring/Summer 2020

August 10, 2020

Nebraska is open for film and commercial business.  WE never closed.  If you are planning on filming in Nebraska, please register with the NFO. Click on the link “Register Projects” to find the form.   Extreme safety measures to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus are in place for all activities filming in Nebraska.  We take this very seriously.  Please follow approved industry guidelines such as SAG/Aftra   SAFE WAY FORWARD.  Please contact the NFO if you need any additional assistance.

DHHS News Release 8/7/20.

July 31,  2020

Stay safe.  Be well.  To learn more about filming on location in Nebraska during the pandemic, please learn as much as possible about our current statistics on the Corona Virus, COVIC-19.

The most recent statistics of the impact of the CORONA Virus in Nebraska: DHHS COVID-19, July 31, 2020.

Getting back to work:  Governor’s Plan – Getting back to work.


SAG/AFTRA Guidelines for filming safely: Safe Way Forward.


July, 2020

Governor Ricketts’ Phase III of loosening restrictions during the Pandemic in Nebraska began June 22.  Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota counties entered Phase III July 6.  Archives of press releases,  Governor Rickett’s web site .  CHECK the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services current guidelines of best practices during the pandemic: DHHS COVID-19 July 2020 , scroll down to Latest News and find the list of current and past Directives and Press Releases.

We do sincerely suggest that you also take into consideration the recent June 2020 SAG/AFTRA/DGA/IATSE/TEAMSTERS Committees’ PRODUCTION Guidelines, ProductionSafetyGuidelines_June2020 .   Because the Coronavirus continues to evolve, changes may take place rapidly regarding any new restrictions or guidelines.  Please contact the Film Office for current information and additional assistance.  email: Nebraska Film Office.  Each project is unique.  Make sure you follow recommended guidelines for safe practices of filming anywhere you are working.  We highly recommend you have insurance for your project.  If you do not, you may want to reconsider your start date until you do have basic coverage in place.  BE SMART.  BE SAFE.  STAY WELL.

2019 independent filmmaking in Nebraska was blooming!  WE anticipate more of the same in 2020!

We saw a variety of projects ramp up around the state last year.  Keep an eye on our social media pages to learn up to date information regarding casting, requests for crew and various supporting roles necessary to help make your project a success in Nebraska!  Nebraska Film Office/Nebraska Film Commission — Facebook, and Nebraska Film Association — Facebook for starters!  There are a number of sources of information on social media that will lead you to Nebraska filmmakers, writers, actors, locations and more.

Nebraska has a rich heritage in the film industry. From the early work of Fred Niblo, 1920s silent film director from York, to actresses Marg Helgenberger, from North Bend and Hilary Swank from Lincoln, and director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne, from Omaha, the state knows how to grow and nurture talent. Keep your eyes on this site for future information related to the state’s presence in the film world.

Be sure to check out the Nebraska Independent Film Projects, Film Streams and the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. These entities represent a small part of the infrastructure that helps Nebraska’s independent industry flourish.

A study of the film industry in Nebraska was completed by Economic Research Associates in 2002. It provides valuable information regarding the economic impact of the film industry at large and analysis of the industry in Nebraska. Read the study here.

Check out one of the many photo galleries of some of the state’s most scenic landscapes made available by the Nebraska Tourism Commission.

Latest News

December 27, 2019


The State’s tourism slogan, “Nebraska. Honestly, it’s not for everyone,” has garnered national and international attention. And like tourism, filming on location in Nebraska may not be for everyone, however. Everyone is a filmmaker, as a hobbyist or professional, and we can offer something for you. Nebraska continues to embrace independent film, commercials, documentaries, and web series shooting on location. Some of the activity develops from outside the state, while there are many Nebraskans applying their passion for the moving image right here at home. From east to west and north to south, our topography offers a variety of visuals […]