Film Commission

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission is here to help with your production needs and our services are provided free of charge.

We are recognized by the County of Humboldt, County of Del Norte, and the California Film Commission as the official advocate for filming in Humboldt and Del Norte, California. We are also a member of the organization Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), and Location Manager Guild International (LMGI).

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission is a dedicated office that honors diversity, inclusion, and equity.

FILM COMMISSIONER - Cassandra Hesseltine

Film Commissioner Cassandra Hesseltine next to tree


Cassandra became the region's Film Commissioner in fall of 2010. Prior to the role of Film Commissioner, she worked in film & theater. Cassandra is the immediate past president of Film Liaisons In California Film (FLICS) as well as an Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) certified film commissioner. As Film Commissioner, Cassandra believes with capable, experienced crew base, accommodating vendors, and film-friendly locations, the region can shine as “the place to film.”


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Nate is a fourteen-year resident of Humboldt County. He has worked on productions ranging from advertising shoots and reality TV to small indie features and big-budget studio features before joining the film commission. His decades of event production experience, coupled with his film production experience and design education give him a unique set of skills to promote our region and assist productions.


The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission 501(c)(3) is a not-for-profit organization. It is self-governed by a board of directors:

  • Ann Warner, President
  • Amanda Nelson, Vice President
  • Chris Harris, Treasurer
  • Motel Vander Horck III, Secretary
  • Emily Davenport, Immediate Past President
  • Suzie Owsley, Board Member
  • Steve Watson, Board Member

Board meetings are currently held quarterly (January, April, July, October), third Thursday of the month (with exceptions), at 5:30pm via zoom during the pandemic.

Get involved with the Film Commission...

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which provides services at no cost. Read below to find out how you can be a part of the Film Commission.


Show your film support by purchasing one of our Film Commission t-shirts, hoodies, and/or zip-up sweatshirts. All three items come in varying sizes and feature our logo on black fabric. Our Film Commission logo contains art work from local artist, John Wesa.


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The Film Commission relies on volunteers and interns to help staff the office and work on creative projects. If this is something you think you have a few hours a week for or you want to work on a specific project, contact us to see if there any openings at this time.


Whether you wish to give an in-kind donation or a monetary donation, the Film Commission is always appreciative of this support. Donations to the Film Commission are tax-exempt. To make a donation and receive our non-profit number for your records, please contact us.