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Film Commission
Mission Statement
The County of Passaic seeks to foster the development of the motion picture and television film industry in the County in an attempt to increase the image of Passaic County; increase local employment opportunities; and increase revenues for Passaic County companies.

Objectives
  • Develop a portfolio of potential sites throughout the County of Passaic which would be appropriate locales for motion picture and television filming, including, but not limited to:
    • Historic locations
    • Residential locations
    • Houses of worship
    • Business locations including retail, warehouse, commercial and industrial sites
    • Natural resources i.e. Great Falls, Greenwood Lake, Quarries, etc.
    • Government: court houses, etc.
  • Designate a formal liaison with the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Film Commission to respond to requests for filming locations
  • Develop a network of contacts in each municipality who can scout for sites for the portfolio and respond to requests for locations
  • Develop a list of Passaic County firms who can supply services to the motion picture and television film industry
  • Develop a list of film companies headquartered in Passaic County
  • Work with municipalities to develop local ordinances which will enhance motion picture and television filming
  • Provide guidance and instruction to local municipal representatives on how to identify appropriate locations for the film industry and how to present these locations through panoramic photography
  • Highlight the Passaic County Film Commission on the County web site and hot link to the NJ Film Commission web site to provide information on the schedule for current filming
  • Create the Passaic County Student Film and Video Festival, a juried exhibition of young filmmakers' work, featuring a wide range of film and video projects created by students who live or attend school in Passaic County. The objective of the Student Film and Video Festival is to support young filmmakers by providing a public forum in which to showcase their work and provide an opportunity to interact with members of the television and filmmaking community.

Summary of Activities
  • Developed Passaic County Film Permit
  • Publication of the Passaic County New Jersey Film Production Resource Guide June 2005 
  • Film Commission members developed Public Service Announcement (30 second) to promote Passaic County as a positive location for filming
  • Identified film contacts in each Passaic County municipality
  • Initiated the development of an inventory of potential filming locations throughout Passaic County
  • Began development of a web site to promote filming in Passaic County containing information and potential film locations
  • Sponsored the Passaic County Student Film Festival on April 16, 2005, following a Film Symposium held in October 2004
  • Sponsored the second annual Passaic County Student Film Festival on April 15, 2006 following a Film Symposium held on October 29, 2005
  • Developed two 5-minute films on the benefits and incentives of film production in Passaic County New Jersey, 2006 and 2009
  • Chairman of Commission spoke on the tools and techniques of attracting filming to communities at the November 2005 League of Municipalities forum “Your Town Ought to be In Pictures”
  • Developed promotional advertisement to attract and expand filming locations in Passaic County
  • Sponsored Black Maria Film Festival in Passaic County: March 15, 2006
  • Sponsored Passaic County Student Film Symposium on October 21, 2006.
  • Sponsor of Passaic County Student Film Festival scheduled for April 14, 2007
  • Sponsor of Black Maria Film Festival scheduled for May 12, 2007
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Symposium: October 27, 2007
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Festival: April 12, 2008
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Symposium: October 25, 2008
  • Participation/Exhibitor in ShowBiz Expo, September 21, 2008, New York City
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Festival: April 18, 2009
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Symposium: October 24, 2009
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Festival: April 17, 2010
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Symposium: October 23, 2010
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Festival: April 16, 2011
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Symposium: October 22, 2011
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Festival: April 14, 2012
  • Publication of the Passaic County New Jersey Film Production Resource Guide 2012
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Symposium: October 20, 2012
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Festival: April 20, 2013
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Workshop: October 26, 2013
  • Sponsorship of 10th Annual Passaic County Film Festival: April 26, 2014
  • Sponsorship of Passaic County Film Workshop: October 25, 2014