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Film making on the Sunshine Coast
  • Last updated:
  • 09 Apr 2019
The Sunshine Coast is a film friendly region and has picture perfect scenery all the way from the hinterland to the coast. 

There are many ideal locations for photography and filming of: 

  • feature films
  • television shows
  • documentaries
  • commercials
  • music videos. 

Council supports local and non-local filmmakers by providing access to council managed locations across the region.     

Filming permits  

Filmmakers must obtain council approval to film on any council land or roads. 

This is to ensure filming and associated activities are carried out in a safe manner and with minimal disruption to residents and local businesses.  

There may be a number of approvals required which includes (but is not limited to): 

  • Filming on council land permit – which also covers parking and/or road closure approvals.
  • Filming with drones, model aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over 500 grams on council controlled land. For more details, download the Fact Sheet[579KB][579KB]

For more information on all permits and approvals visit the Local Government Toolbox website. 

Support and funding opportunities for local filmmakers 

Council supports the region in achieving successful outcomes in community and cultural projects. 

There are a number of grant programs available to local community groups and individuals.   

They cover various categories including the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) and other cultural development funds for both artists and filmmakers. 

For more information visit council's grants webpage

Other funding opportunities  

  • Screen Queensland - supports film and television production across Queensland through a range of programs and funding. They also provide a directory of available locations and crew. 
  • Screen Australia - supports the Australian film industry through online resources and funding. Support is available to experienced filmmakers and newcomers to the industry. 
  • Ausfilm - connects the international film community to Australia’s film making facilities, talent, resources and incentives. 

Film industry links