Thank you for considering Avalon and Catalina Island as a location for your film or photo shoot project.
Our unique island location makes for a very special location and presents some unique challenges. To assist you in meeting these unique challenges, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau has produced a Film and Photo Shoot Handbook to help you identify and locate those businesses and entities with whom you will have to interface in order to have a successful shoot. The Chamber is also available to assist you in processing your permits, answering your questions, and assisting you in finding the products and services you might require from local businesses.
Download the Catalina Island Film & Photo Shoot Handbook
(The City of Avalon Film Permit application and the required City of Avalon Business License application are included in this.)
For further information or assistance, please contact Jim Luttjohann, CEO, at 310-510-7643 or email@example.com.
City of Avalon Permit and Fees
The Chamber facilitates the permits for the City. The City of Avalon requires a business license, a film permit location fee for use of its streets, beaches and piers, and requires permits for all vehicles brought into the City of Avalon. The City also requires $1,000,000 additionally-named liability insurance coverage, unless aircraft are used, in which case the requirement is $5,000,000 additionally-named insurance.
|City of Avalon Filming Permit Fees
(as of October 10, 2018)
|$236/day – 10 or fewer employees at film location
$316/day – 11+ employees at film location
|City of Avalon Business License||$134.75 good for calendar year|
|Still Photography Permits||$109 per day|
(one time fees)
|$30 per day OR $317 per month|
Catalina Island is 76 square miles in size. The City of Avalon is 2.7 square miles total. The remainder of the island is owned and operated by the Catalina Island Company and/or the Catalina Island Conservancy. Location fees for use of either organization’s property must be negotiated with that company.
For commercial or news/documentary filming & still photo shoots, contact:
Jim Luttjohann, CEO, Film Liaison
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 217, Avalon, CA 90704
310-510-7643 fax 310-510-7607
Catalina Island Conservancy Filming Information
Commercial Shoots, News/Documentary Shoots
Peg Meehan, Unreel Locations
2950 Los Feliz Blvd. Suite 206
Los Angeles, CA 90039 323-953-6189
Catalina Island Company Filming Information
Rudy Alvarez, Director of Sales
Catalina Island Company
P.O. Box 737, 150 Metropole Ave, Avalon, CA 90704
4 Park Plaza Suite 420, Irvine, CA 92614
Celebrate Film on Catalina Island
Avalon is home to the annual Catalina Film Festival, which takes place each September. The Catalina Film Festival is a celebration of film in Southern California with coastal screenings and events in Long Beach and on Hollywood’s Island. Each year the Catalina Film Institute is recognized for selecting 100+ award-winning films.
The Catalina Island Museum celebrates film on Catalina with the Catalina Classic Film Club. The club meets quarterly to bring together enthusiasts looking for an opportunity to enjoy films of yesteryear in an intimate setting, in the 24-seat theater within the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building.
The Avalon Silent Film Showcase, now in its 33rd year, is recognized as one of the world’s longest running annual celebrations of Silent Film. The event takes place in May at the historic Avalon Casino Theatre, William Wrigley Jr.’s 1929 Art Deco Movie Palace.