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New Hampshire - As Independent As You Want To Be

“I thought that by becoming a documentary filmmaker I had suddenly just taken some vow of anonymity and poverty and had to go to some place where I thought I could live inexpensively. Guess what - you can do it inexpensively here in New Hampshire. But the real secret was because – I’m happy to say neither the poverty or the anonymity occurred – it also happens to be the best possible environment, and so I see it as the greatest single professional decision I've made.”

Ken Burns, director
Baseball, Jazz, The War
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  • Diverse, easy-access locations

  • No sales, personal income, or use taxes

  • Produce your project hassle-free (no permits!)

  • Enjoy our relaxed, creative atmosphere

“New Hampshire offers permit-free location possibilities running the gamut from sea to mountains, wilderness to urban, historic to contemporary, as well as no sales tax, a large experienced crew base, exceptional filmmaker networking, a state film office that partners with you for real and a quality of life that is second to none.”

Buzz McLaughlin, executive producer
The Sensation of Sight

New Hampshire Locations

  • Unspoiled natural beauty: seacoast, lakes, mountains and everything in between.

  • Hundreds of white-steepled churches, covered bridges, and quintessential New England towns.

  • The possibilities: Colonial New England to post-war Americana; working-class factories and fishing communities to high-tech centers; green hills to icy tundra.


Visit our online location library here.


"There are a lot of states that try to lure you with promises of tax incentives and the like, but the reality is that being film-friendly is about much more than that—and New Hampshire really defines film-friendly. Everyone here has been so incredibly helpful and welcoming, I don't know why we ever shoot anywhere besides New Hampshire."

Michael Roiff, producer
In Your Eyes
New Hampshire Film Production
  • New Hampshire has an experienced and talented crew base ready to assist you.

  • Visit our online production directory with over 500 crew member and service vendor listings.

  • Remember, no personal income taxes to file - no matter if you're a resident or not.

"Filming in New Hampshire is convenient, creatively inspiring for the crew and actors, cheap, and fun. New Hampshire offers abundant enthusiasm and cooperation from town governments, police departments, chambers of commerce, and townspeople, including a very enthusiastic state film commission with people on call 24 hours a day. I look forward to shooting up there again."

Andy Robin, co-director
Live Free or Die

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  • One hour drive from Boston, four hours from New York City.

  • Fly into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, a convenient alternative to Logan International Airport.

  • Centrally located within New England.

  • With Yankee charm and hospitality, New Hampshire's grand hotels and country inns add a unique touch to a very special film production experience.


  • Our New Hampshire Film Commission is dialed into numerous state government agencies and associations. Truly one-stop shopping for you and your production.

  • Get your tax breaks up front - before the cameras start rolling! Find out how our economy and quality of life gives filmmakers the New Hampshire Advantage.

  • Make the film that you want to make, in a state that's as independent as you are. Film your next project in the state whose proud motto is "Live Free or Die."


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Matthew Newton, Director
19 Pillsbury Street
Concord, NH 03301
Fax: 603-271-3584

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