Film Production Assistance

About Northampton Art & Film
Northampton is a cultural destination rich in music, art, history, education, agriculture, recreation, eclectic independent businesses, and historic buildings and landscapes. Combined with the urban and rural amenities in the surrounding Pioneer Valley and Knowledge Corridor, in close proximity to Boston, Hartford, Albany, and New York City, Northampton and the surrounding region are ideal film locations.

Northampton is a creative community with abundant artistic and technological talent in acting, music, art, voice, dance, writing, film and theater production, media and graphic design, photography and videography, online game design and production, sound/audio production, and software design. Production support services are available locally in hospitality, independent restaurants, construction, lumber supply, libraries, historic archives, hospital / health, tent / equipment rentals, etc.

Film Production in Northampton

Northampton is a film friendly community and has welcomed the filming of a number of feature films, some Academy Award winning, including the following:
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
  • Carnal Knowledge
  • Cider House Rules
  • In Dreams
  • Malice
  • Silvia
  • Edge of Darkness
  • Young@Heart
Northampton Film Liaison
The Northampton Film Liaison will assist with planning and coordination for film production within the City of Northampton and make any necessary regional connections for site locations, vendors, municipal departmental coordination, permits, and other necessary assistance.

MA Film Office
The MA Film Office provides one-stop shopping for studio executives, producers, and independent filmmakers seeking to do business in the state. The MA Film Office assists filmmakers with location scouting, tax credit information, crew referrals, housing, permitting, government relations, and union issues. MA offers some of the best film tax credits in the nation.

Massachusetts Film Tax Credits
Studios, producers, and filmmakers who either shoot at least half of their movie or spend at least half of their production budget in Massachusetts are eligible for a tax credit equal to $0.25 for every new dollar of spending they bring to Massachusetts. No caps. 
  • Beginning with the start of pre-production and continuing for a period of 12 months, filmmakers are eligible for 100% sales tax exemption on any production related items purchased in the state.
  • Massachusetts is the only state in the country that allows filmmakers to take their unused credits either as a direct rebate at 90% of the face value (guaranteed), or to sell them at market rate or whichever is more favorable.
  • With the spending threshold lowered to $50,000 and with digital media projects now eligible, the benefits of the MA film tax credit is now available to locally based, small independent and documentary filmmakers.

Northampton Notables

  • Amelia Earhart
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • David Packman
  • Eric Carle
  • Jenny Lind
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Keven Eastman
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Leonard Baskin
  • Leslea Newman
  • Pocumtuc Tribe
  • Rachel Maddow
  • Silvia Plath
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Sylvester Graham
  • Tracy Kidder
  • Peter Laird and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


  • Academy of Music Theater
  • Calvin Theater
  • Iron Horse Music Hall
  • John M. Greene Hall
  • Pleasant Street Theater
  • Smith College Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sage Hall

Northampton Filmmakers

  • Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey
    Florentine Films
  • Jeff and Micheal Zimbalist
  • James Ault
  • Media Education Foundation
  • Northampton Community Television

Cultural Festivals / Events

  • Arts Night Out
  • Chalk Art Festival
  • Django in June
  • First Night
  • Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival
  • Northampton Independent Film Festival
  • Northampton Jazz Festival
  • Out for Reel - LGBT Film Series
  • Paradise City Arts Festivals
  • Transperformance
  • Twist Arts and Craft Fair