Why West Michigan?

Why West Michigan
We know that you can shoot anywhere and that you need a good reason to choose West Michigan. Actually, we can give you eight.

STRONG FINANCIAL INCENTIVES

The State of Michigan’s incentives for film production are the best in the country–40%, with an extra 2% if filming in one of Michigan’s core communities. West Michigan is home to 23 core communities—that’s an extra 2 cents on your rebate dollar to help you decide to shoot here.

LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS, LOCATIONS.

We have a tremendous diversity of locations. When you’re in West Michigan, you’re just minutes from windswept beaches, gritty urban environments, dense forests, rivers, race tracks (stock car AND horse tracks) and period-ready storefronts and streetscapes. It’s all right here.

SERVICE WITH, WELL, A SMILE

You have the West Michigan Film Office at your beck and call. Whatever you need: scouting, locations, permits, or hospitality, we can make it happen.

ALL THE CONNECTIONS

We work with 41 counties and hundreds of municipalities, so your shoot goes as easily and efficiently as possible. We know you’re not here to waste time… you’re here to make a movie.

A MIDWESTERN WORK ETHIC

Our crews, our carpenters, even our pizza guys have it. We’re smart, creative and not afraid of a little hard work. In fact, we feel most comfortable when we get to tackle a big challenge.

EASY ACCESS

Five airports in West Michigan have flights that connect you to the world. Anywhere in West Michigan you’re never more than 2 hours from an airport.

ATTRACTIONS

Millions of people—people who aren’t shooting a movie—visit West Michigan. They visit our concert halls and museums, bowling alleys and bars, beaches and campgrounds, it’s all here. They ride bikes, go sport fishing and dine at restaurants featuring fresh local produce. Hopefully, you’ll have time to do the same.

Why West Michigan

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