Film Commission

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

Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission is 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 FLICS (Film Liaisons in California Statewide). The Film Commissioner, Cassandra Hesseltine, is the immediate past president of FLICS as well as an Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) certified film commissioner.

FILM COMMISSIONER - Cassandra Hesseltine

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Cassandra Hesseltine became the region's Film Commissioner in fall of 2010. Prior to taking on the role of Film Commissioner, Cassandra worked in film and theater. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University.

As the Film Commissioner, Cassandra is committed to supporting both out-of-town and local filmmakers while working to stimulate the local economy through production. She 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 thirteen-year resident of Humboldt county. Hailing from smack dab in the middle of Iowa, he made his way steadily westward over a couple decades. After a brief stint in Denver, he called Taos in the mountains of NM his home for nearly 10 years, where he ran successful tattoo and piercing businesses, promoted and DJed electronic music events, and co-hosted a popular radio show. Nate joined the commission after graduating from College of the Redwoods.


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

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