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Film Permits

Dayton features a wide array of versatile scenery, all of which are within driving distance from each other. From rivers and parks to downtown office towers, Dayton can stand in for nearly any location. With four distinct but mild seasons, Dayton is the quintessential Midwestern city. Dayton is also home to a growing number of dedicated production professionals who are ready to assist with your next project.

Many filmakers have taken advantage of Ohio tax credits for their television shows, movies and commercials. Each filming adds economic value to the area, including film jobs and increased consumers of hotels, restaurants and more. To read more about the $44 million of tax credits given to filmakers in Ohio cities in the past 5 years, click here.

Dayton Film Incentives

  • Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit
    • 35% State tax credit
    • Requires minimum of $300,000 spent in Ohio
    • Broad range of eligible expenses qualify for credit 
  • Film and Screen Team (FAST)
    • Dayton's regional network of film professionals and public partners stand ready to meet your production needs. 
    • Location scouting assistance
    • City facilities available for locations

  • Dayton Film Permit Program
    • FREE to apply
    • Only required if:
      • Filming on City property
      • When direct assistance is needed for street closures or other public services
    • Recommended when there are other unusual circumstances - crowds, flames, weapons, etc.
    • Please apply at least 10 days in advance of filming


For any information about our services or the Dayton Film Permit, contact Keith Klein at (937) 333-3812 or keith.klein@daytonohio.gov.

Additional Resources:

  • Ohio Film Office - background about Ohio's geography and weather, including a search engine of available locations to fill your needs.
  • FilmDayton - Local film commission and professional network for the Greater Dayton Region.
  • Dayton-Montgomery County Visitor's Bureau
  • 30-day Ohio hotel tax exemption 
  • Hotel and restaurant recommendations

Annual Film Festivals

Dayton offers multiple film festivals each year with opportunities for filmmakers of all ages to showcase their talents! Film fans are also welcome to view local and upcoming films in the Dayton area.

  • Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival - features films made by Dayton area filmmakers in local theaters, as well as the "best of the fests" with films made around the world.
  • Sundog Film Festival - students in grades 8-12 have the opportunity to submit short films and receive feedback from judges.
  • Dayton Jewish Film Festival - the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton brings Jewish and Israeli documentaries and feature films to Dayton-area theaters.
  • Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation - Reel Stuff produces film events that show flight-related classics, documentaries and other films.


City of Dayton
101 West Third Street #430 - PO Box 22
Dayton, Ohio 45401-0022
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