Alaska: not just another pretty place

All About Filming in Alaska

Information to help make your production go smoothly.

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  •     Overview    
  •     Rules & Regulations    
  •     Alaska's Regions    
  •     Transportation    
  •     Make it Authentic    
  •     FAQ    

Filming in Alaska - Overview

The first thing to know is that Alaska is BIG. How big? Well, if you superimpose a map of Alaska over the rest of the US, parts of the state would stretch from Georgia to California, and from Canada to Mexico.

That’s a lot of territory – and a lot of different landscapes and ecosystems. Across Alaska are a nearly unlimited number of potential filming locations – so as long as you’re not looking for sun-baked cactus in the desert, Alaska can help realize your vision.

Alaska has some of the most rugged and wild places on Earth. Majestic mountains, including active volcanoes and North America's highest peak, Mt. McKinley (aka Denali) at 20,320 ft., are located in Alaska. Our mountain ranges are the source of glaciers that range from hanging snowfields to the Malaspina – a glacier so large it can only be seen in it's entirety from space. Countless rivers, streams and lakes dot the landscape. Over 33,000 miles of tidal shoreline range from sandy beaches to rocky cliffs, and sunny estuaries to misty forests. From sand dunes to snow caves, Alaska has the wilderness covered.

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But it's not all mountains, glaciers, forests and shorelines. Alaska is home to vibrant indigenous cultures: Inupiak, Yupik, Althabaskan, Alutiq, and Tlingit/Haida. Alaska's first peoples have lived on the land since pre-historic times and native villages are found around the state. Waves of immigration have brought a succession of other people to Alaska. The fur trade, gold mining, fishing, farming, the military, oilfields and tourism have drawn people to Alaska. From villages and towns to modern cities, Alaska's people have made homes and communities across the state. Somewhere in Alaska there is a community to match your needs.

Below are links to more of the information you'll need to be informed about filming in Alaska. There is an introduction to Alaska's Regions so you'll have a good idea of what to expect in different areas. There is a page devoted to the unique transportation infrastructure that Alaskans use to get around their massive state. Finally, there is a page devoted to the Rules and Regulations you need to be aware of. We encourage you to start with these pages and look at the resource links provided - knowing what to expect will make your Alaska production better and easier.

We also strongly suggest that you invest early in Alaskan help. Find someone who can help you get the best location and find the people to make your production a success. Our crew and service provider listings are a tool that shouldn't be overlooked. However, as a state agency we don't make specific recommendations, and presence in our listings is not an endorsement - do your homework and check references and credits for the Alaskans you're considering.

    Request a free Alaska Map by mail

    Download the Alaska Map now!

Rules & Regulations

All film and television productions, must comply with applicable laws and regulations.

To qualify for the Alaska Film Incentive Tax Credit, you must certify under oath that you complied with Alaska's laws during production.

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Contents
   Business License Requirements
   Labor Laws & Regulations
      Child Support Services
   Permits
   Taxes
   Wildlife
   Aviation

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Business License Requirements

To participate in the Production Incentive Program, all film and television productions, must possess an Alaska Business License valid during the qualification period. All out of state LLCs and Corporations must register with the state before they can be issued a business license.

The Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing issues business licenses and registers LLCs and Corporations. Please visit their website for details on how to register your Corporation or LLC and obtain an Alaska Business License.

    Corporations Section (registration): http://commerce.alaska.gov/dnn/cbpl/Corporations.aspx
    Business Licensing Section: http://commerce.alaska.gov/dnn/cbpl/BusinessLicensing.aspx

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Labor Laws and Regulations

Alaska Labor Law

All businesses, including film and television productions, must comply with all applicable laws and regulations - including Alaska Labor Law. Please note, Alaska Labor Law may be different than those of other jurisdictions - you are required to follow Alaska's Law. Here is a pamphlet that summarizes Alaska's Labor Laws. The Alaska Film Office encourages you to contact the Wage and Hour Administration of the Alaska Department of Labor for the most up-to-date information.

Worker's Compensation

All employees must have current Workers' Compensation insurance. This applies to full and part-time, permanent, and temporary employees. Even those individuals who are licensed or legally incorporated outside the state must be covered by Workers' Compensation insurance valid in Alaska as well.

Child Labor Laws

Virtually all children 17 years of age, and younger, employed by the entertainment industry must have a valid work permit on file with the Alaska Division of Labor Standards and Safety. Work permit applications and a synopsis of Alaska's Child Labor Laws may be obtained from the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Administration Office.

Information on Child Employment in the entertainment industry may be found in the "Employment of Children (Pamphlet 200)" beginning on page 10. Among other requirements, a Studio Teacher is required to be on set with minors at all times to ensure safety and compliance with Child Labor Laws. Studio Teachers are also responsible for a minor's education during the regular school year.

Contact phone numbers for the Wage and Hour Administration Offices:

  Juneau Anchorage Fairbanks
Phone: 
Fax: 
(907) 465-4842
(907) 465-3584
(907) 269-4900
(907) 269-4915
(907) 451-2886
(907) 451-2885
 

Email: Anchorage.LSS-WH@alaska.gov

For more information on Alaska's child labor laws, please visit these Alaska Department of Labor pages:
   Summary of Alaska Labor Law

   Summary of Alaska Child Labor Law
   Employment of Children (Pamphlet 200) (pdf file)
   Information about youth working in the entertainment industry

   »» Youth Work Permit for the entertainment industry ««

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Child Support Services

Under Alaska law, all employers who complete a W-2 for employee wages are required to provide the Child Support Services Division (CSSD) certain information about all newly hired or rehired employees:

  •  The individual's name
  •  Address
  •  Social security number, and
  •  Date of Hire

Additionally CSSD will need to know:

  •  The name of the employer
  •  Address of the employer, and
  •  Employer Federal ID Number

Currently most employers report their new hires directly to CSSD by accessing the myAlaska website. If you do not have a myAlaska account for your business and need to create one, you may do so at https://my.alaska.gov/. Just click on the “Register for a myAlaska Account” link under Account Services and enter the required information.

Using the web based program you, as an employer, will save time, resources and costs. If you need assistance CSSD has a phone number reserved for the use of employers. It is available for employers to get answers to questions about new hire reporting or wage withholding.
   In Anchorage: 269-6089
   Outside of Anchorage: 1-877-269-6685

Most states have their own New Hire Program in order to remain in compliance with Federal regulations and statutes. Eventually all states will report to one web based portal but for now each state is responsible for collecting employment data in order to ensure the families receive their support.

    New hire brochure
    Alaska CSSD employer guides, new hire forms, and resources

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More Resources:
    Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development
    Alaska Department of Revenue - Child Support Services Division

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Film Permits

65% of the state's land is owned and managed by the U.S. federal government. The State of Alaska owns about 25% and 10% is owned by native people, leaving less than 1% of the land in private hands. Permits and permission are required for filming on essentially all public, native and private lands. There are also a bewildering array of Federal and State land managers - an experienced local Location Scout / Production Coordinator will help you find the right locations and navigate the permitting process for your chosen locations.

More Resources:
    Alaska Film Office permitting handbook (2007): Film Permitting in Alaska (pdf format - 32 pages)

    Alaska State Parks - Permitting Information

    U.S. Forest Service - Permitting Information
    U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Permitting Information

    Alaska Department of Natural Resources - Public Information Center (State lands)
    Alaska Public Lands Information Centers - (one stop Federal & State Lands Information)

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Taxes

Sales Tax
There is NO statewide sales tax in Alaska. However, Alaska has a statewide vehicle rental tax and some communities do impose local sales taxes, which range up to around 5%. Most communities also collect bed or lodging taxes of around 10% and many also have local vehicle rental taxes. The good news is that state and municipal taxes are considered eligible expenditures for purposes of the incentive program.

Income Tax
There is NO state personal income tax in Alaska.

More Resources:
    Alaska Department of Revenue - Tax Division
    Community Databank - Local information including sales and other taxes.

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Wildlife

From grizzlies to polar bears, from humpback whales to sea otters, Alaska's abundant wildlife is also a major attraction. Wildlife photography and filmmaking are specialized arts requiring a great deal of experience, time and special equipment. More importantly the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) regulates fishing and hunting on Alaska lands in conjunction with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. If your production involves any use of Alaska's Fish & Game resources be sure to talk to the folks at the ADF&G - Alaska's hunting and fishing regulations must be followed by all productions.

Animals

However, if you're looking for critters to "star" in your production, Alaska has a number of specialized wranglers to assist with major animal species native to the state.

More Resources:
    Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation - (Alaska Department of Fish & Game - ADF&G)
    Alaska Sport Fish Division - (ADF&G)
    Alaska Wildlife Notebook - (Information sheets about many of Alaska's animals from the ADF&G)

    Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center - (Non-profit organization)

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Aviation

The television and motion picture industry utilize aircraft in support of filming operations as subject aircraft, camera platforms, and behind the scenes. The Federal Aviation Administration is concerned with the safety of persons involved in the filming event and the non participating public.

If aircraft are flown at altitudes and/or a horizontal distance below the minimums specified by FAA regulations then a waiver or authorization is required. Film producers planning operations with aircraft that require a waiver or authorization should have their aerial coordinator contact the geographically responsible Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for assistance in obtaining the appropriate waiver or authorization.

In Alaska, the FAA contacts are:

Anchorage FSDO
300 W. 36th Ave, Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-271-2000
Juneau FSDO
3032 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite 106
Juneau, AK 99801
907-790-7315
Fairbanks FSDO
4419 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709
907-474-0276

Need more information? Visit the Alaska Region Flight Standards Film Industry page.

Alaska's Regions

Because Alaska is so large, the state is typically divided into 5 major regions:

Alaska's Regions

   Inside Passage (or Southeast)
   Southcentral
   Southwest
   Interior
   Far North

A good source of information about the state is Alaska's official Travel & Tourism website: TravelAlaska.com - there you'll find good information on how to get around, where to stay and what to do.

Each of Alaska's regions has it's own unique qualities – here is a quick summary of each region.

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Carved by glaciers and blanketed with majestic hemlock and spruce, Alaska's Inside Passage is a region of pristine water, snow capped mountains, deep fjords, and misty islands. With its wet, mild, maritime climate, this area is prime habitat for bald eagles, black bears, and Sitka deer - in the water, sea lions, porpoise, and whales are often spotted.

Most of Southeast Alaska is within the Tongass National Forest, a 16.8 million acre forest. Glacier Bay National Park has 16 active tidewater glaciers. Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan has 3,000 foot cliffs rising directly from pristine ocean channels.

The picturesque coastal communities are rich in history and Native traditions. The capital city of Juneau was founded during the Gold Rush, while Sitka was once the capital of Russian America. Petersburg is known for it's Norwegian heritage. The Gold Rush "Days of '98" are alive in Skagway. Ketchikan boasts the world's largest collection of totem poles. In Haines, a Native cultural center is housed in historic Port Chilkoot.

Transportation in the Inside Passage is by air or sea – roads are limited in this place where land and sea seem to mix and mingle. The region's legendary "green-ness" is also part and parcel of that closeness to the sea; rain and snow fed by Pacific Ocean storms have made Alaska's Inside Passage the world's northernmost rainforest. Annual rainfall: 92 inches. Longest day: 18.18 hrs. Shortest Day: 6:21 hrs.

Images of Alaska's Inside Passage

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Over half of Alaska's population calls Southcentral home. And it's no wonder. The area is a dream for those who love outdoor recreation – activities range from world-class fishing to hiking and wildlife viewing, all kinds of boating to skiing and mountain biking. With mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes, the region offers the advantages of remote wilderness, but has the state's most extensive road system. Southcentral has the amenities filmmakers seek, while serving as the gateway to an Alaska wilderness experience.

Southcentral offers "slices" of the other regions: Prince William Sound is reminiscent of the Inside Passage, the Kenai Peninsula is similar to parts of the Southwest, and the upper Susitna and Copper River basin resembles the Interior. Access and transportation is good and the weather tends to be moderate. That's why Alaska's largest city, Anchorage, is located there.

The area is served by all the state's major highways, the Alaska Railroad, and the Alaska Marine Highway (ferry) System. Anchorage is the hub of a busy transportation network linking large areas of the state. The Kenai Peninsula, a scenic and sport-fishing paradise, and the easily accessible Kenai Fjords National Park lie south of Anchorage. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, to the north-east, contains nine of the 16 highest peaks in the US and the amazing Kennecott Copper mine - now abandoned. Chugach National Forest rings Prince William Sound and is the nation's largest National Forest.

The weather in this region is variable—Prince William Sound has a mild, maritime climate, while Anchorage and inland areas enjoy less precipitation, low humidity, and greater temperature ranges. Snow covers the region from late October to mid-April. Annual rainfall 15.2 inches. Longest day: 19.21 hrs. Shortest Day: 5.28 hrs.

Images of Alaska's Southcentral Region

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For those who want wild nature in its elemental state, few places on Earth compare with the wonders of Southwest Alaska.

The landscape ranges from the wide open deltas of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, to the surreal volcanic landscape of Katmai National Park. Lake Clark is a little known National Park in the region. The treeless and windswept Aleutian Islands make a 1,000-mile sweep toward Asia and are part of the Alaska Maritime Wildlife refuge. In the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, brown bears congregate in the summer to feed on salmon. The Pribilof Islands offer unsurpassed sea bird and fur seal viewing. Fly-in fishing lodges dot the wilderness.

The principal ports are Kodiak, Dillingham, Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, and King Salmon. The Yupik Eskimo community of Bethel is a major hub serving as a commercial center for villages of the Yukon and Kuskokwim river deltas. The Native people, known for their excellent basketry, are both Yupik Eskimo and Alutiq. The waters are teeming with abundant marine life, and 230 species of birds frequent the Aleutians.

The weather can be capricious and wild or balmy and mild (sometimes even on the same day!). Mainland areas can be windy, but rain and snow do not fall frequently. On the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands, it can be an Arctic climate which is constantly changing. Annual rainfall 16.1 inches. Longest day: 19.11 hrs. Shortest Day: 5.36 hrs.

There is no place quite like Alaska's magnificent South-west and venturing there in search of filmmaking opportunities is both challenging and intensely rewarding. Transportation is almost entirely by air and distances can be immense. When everything comes together, it is stunning and it makes all the challenges worthwhile.

Images of Alaska's Southwest

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In Alaska's heartland, you'll see the continent's tallest peak, Mt. McKinley (Denali), wide expanses of alpine tundra and birch and black spruce forests stretching from horizon to horizon. Light may be the region's defining characteristic: summer's midnight sun or winter's northern lights – both must be experienced to be believed.

The Yukon River courses nearly 2,000 miles across Interior Alaska and Canada, from the historic Klondike gold fields to the Bering Sea. The Native people of this land are largely Athabascan Indians, known for their intricate beadwork.

At the heart of the region is Fairbanks, Alaska's second largest city. Born in the gold rush, this trade and transportation center houses military bases and the main campus of the University of Alaska. Visitors traveling the Alaska Highway enter the state near Tok in the eastern portion of this region. A network of highways provide good access to many small communities and more are reached by air taxis and the region's rivers.

Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, is surrounded by Denali National Park and Preserve. The extended Alaska Range, beyond Denali, boasts spectacular mountain vistas, berry-laden tundra, and an abundance of wildlife including caribou, moose, Dall sheep, and grizzly bear. Alaska's Interior is one of the best locations on earth for viewing the Northern Lights.

This region of endless tundra, forest rolling hills and mountains has temperatures that can hit both extremes, but annual precipitation is low. Snow is typically on the ground between October and April. Permafrost underlies much of the interior. Annual rainfall 10.4 inches. Longest day: 21.49 hrs. Shortest Day: 3.45 hrs.

Images of Alaska's Interior

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Above the Yukon River, beyond the vast Brooks Range, the summer tundra unrolls a carpet of delicate wildflowers to meet the Arctic coast. This is the home of the Inupiak Eskimos, the land of Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. Traditional Inupiak life-style, modern oil field technology, and immense herds of wild caribou coexist in an environment that is both fierce and fragile.

Migratory birds and marine mammals abound, and some of America's finest wilderness parklands are found in this area. Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, with adjacent Noatak National Preserve and Kobuk Valley National Park, comprises one of the world's largest parkland areas. The 180,000 member Porcupine Caribou Herd migrates through the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Alaska's two largest Inupiak communities, Kotzebue and Barrow, and historic Nome, are the major towns in this region. The only road access into Arctic Alaska is the Dalton Highway, a gravel service road that links Prudhoe Bay to the state's public highway systems. Most communities of Alaska's Far North are accessible from Fairbanks or Anchorage via jet or small aircraft. This is one of Alaska's most diverse regions, filled with cultural opportunities, wildlife and a landscape ranging from coastal plains to alpine peaks. It is also home to the Kobuk Sand Dunes, the northernmost dune complex in the world.

The arctic region receives very little precipitation and humidity compares with that of a desert. Light dry snow stays on the ground from September to May. Ice masses remain in the ocean year-round. Annual rainfall 4.8 inches. Longest day: No sunset 5/10 to 8/2 Shortest Day: No sunrise 11/18 to 1/24.

Images of Alaska's Far North

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More General Information Resources:

   Request a free Alaska Map by mail
      or Download the PDF Alaska Map now!

    Community Databank - Information on Alaska's Communities

    Alaska Visitor Information

Transportation in Alaska

Alaska has few long distance roads – and many areas are inaccessible by automobile. Long distances between towns and cities have made the state extraordinarily reliant on aviation. In fact, Alaska has an extensive system of small air taxi operators and bush pilots and has the highest number of pilots per capita of any state. Many coastal communities areas are also served by the Alaska Marine Highway system as well as private ferry services. The Alaska Railroad provides a crucial link that has become known as the "railbelt" - and the White Pass & Yukon Route is a railroad masterwork. Snowmachines and ATVs often replace cars in rural Alaska for daily transportation.

Transportation

 

More Transportation Resources:

    Airlines Serving Alaska - Passenger & Cargo
    Alaska's Airports - Aviation Links
    Fly Alaska Safely - good information from the FAA

    Alaska Marine Highway System - Alaska's Ferry
    Alaska Railroad - Linking Seward & Fairbanks via Anchorage

    Alaska Department of Transportation - Travel Links

    Alaska's "Official" Travel & Tourism website

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Production Aviation

The television and motion picture industry utilize aircraft in support of filming operations as subject aircraft, camera platforms, and behind the scenes. The Federal Aviation Administration is concerned with the safety of persons involved in the filming event and the non participating public.

If aircraft are flown at altitudes and/or a horizontal distance below the minimums specified by FAA regulations then a waiver or authorization is required. Film producers planning operations with aircraft that require a waiver or authorization should have their aerial coordinator contact the geographically responsible Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for assistance in obtaining the appropriate waiver or authorization.

In Alaska, the FAA contacts are:

Anchorage FSDO
300 W. 36th Ave, Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-271-2000
Juneau FSDO
3032 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite 106
Juneau, AK 99801
907-790-7315
Fairbanks FSDO
4419 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709
907-474-0276

Need more information? Visit the Alaska Region Flight Standards Film Industry page.

Make it Authentic: use Real Alaska Products

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Made In Alaska

Made in Alaska

Your production will have a much more authentic feel if you use products that are "Made in Alaska." The Made In Alaska (MIA) program's mission is to promote and increase the sale of Alaskan manufactured products. Alaska businesses make high quality products for markets in the state and around the world. Products that meet the program criteria are eligible to use the MIA logo.

When purchasing products in Alaska, look for the mother bear and cub logo - it signifies that the product was made in Alaska.

The MIA program has an online database of certified products and businesses - search it for the products you'll use onscreen and off! From "Alaska Novelties and Gifts" to "woodcrafts" the Make it Alaska program has all the little details that will give your production that uniquely Alaskan look and feel.

     Search the Made in Alaska listings here

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Alaska Product Preference Program

The State of Alaska maintains a Product Preference Program for it's own purchasing.

While filmmakers are not required to purchase Alaska products, products that are part of the Alaska Product Preference Program are presumed to be eligible for the Alaska Film Production Incentive Program. A wide variety of products from "Aluminum Fabrication" to "Wood Siding" are listed. The Alaska Film Office encourages you to browse the list for the materials your production will need.

     Here is the list of certified products and companies

Questions about filming in Alaska:

Where can I find snow in July?

   Alaska's mountains & glaciers can provide snowy landscapes year-round. It all depends on exactly what you're looking for - and your budget.

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Whom do I contact to obtain permits for filming on public and/or private lands?

   Unfortunately there is no simple answer. It all depends on exactly where you choose to shoot. Alaska covered by a patchwork of Federal, State, Alaska Native, and private land. Each one of those land owners/managers has many sub-units with different permit requirements. For a summary on permitting in Alaska, visit the "Rules & Regulations" tab above. We also have a handbook available online called film permitting in Alaska. It breaks down contact information and the basics on permitting in Alaska. Here is a link to the handbook: Permits-in-Alaska. If you have general questions or aren't sure where to start, please contact the Film Office and we'll be happy to assist you.

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Will the Film Office post casting and/or crew calls for my project?

   Yes. If you would like us to post your cast and/or crew calls for your project on our website, please contact our office at 907-269-8190 or alaskafilm@alaska.gov. We will post the information on our job posting board for crew and support services. We may also mention it on our Facebook page (Film.Alaska.gov) & our Twitter feed (AKFilmOffice).

If your production is applying for the incentive program, page three of the pre-qualification form has a place where you can request our assistance with cast and crew calls. Please note that unless we get express permission from you and your company, we will not share any information on your upcoming project outside of our office.

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What is the Weather and/or Climate in Alaska like in the Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter?

   Another question with no easy answer. Given Alaska's sheer geographic size, it is impossible to give a general answer. Climates and temperatures vary widely from the Arctic of Barrow, the mild but wet Ketchikan, the windy Aleutian Islands, the extremes of cold and warm of the Interior, and everything in between. Except for tropical and desert environments, Alaska has pretty much everything. We have a general breakdown of Alaska's Regions on the tab above that includes general climate information.

For a more specific breakdown of average temperatures, rainfall, and snowfall throughout the year for individual communities, check out the Western Regional Climate Center - Alaska.

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Why can’t I find a list of counties for Alaska?

   Alaska is not organized into counties. Instead our state has eighteen geographical areas known as "boroughs." Boroughs are very roughly equivalent to counties and operate in similar functions (administering local taxes, laws, etc.) However, more than half the state's area does not fall into any of the boroughs and is designated as unorganized - these are in the most sparsely populated and remote areas of the state.

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What are Alaska’s regions?

   Alaska is loosely divided into five major regions, see the "Regions" tab for more information.

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Where I can find general information about (and contact info for) communities throughout Alaska?

   The Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs has the Alaska Community Information Summaries Database which provides with the most frequently asked questions for each community in the state. The db includes location, population, taxes, climate, history, culture, demographics, transportation, and major contacts. This website also has a Community Directory that is useful for looking up information on how to get in touch with community/regional leaders (including Native Corporations) as well as municipal offices.

You will find contact information for Alaska Native Corporations on the Alaska State Library site.

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Is there a good resource I can use for searching potential locations in Alaska?

   The Alaska Film Office is engaged on an ongoing project to create an extensive Locations Database. However, just as Alaska is an enormous place, our project is likewise enormous. We are still in early stages of gathering, but there are many images already in the database. Please don't hesitate to contact our office if you need assistance in narrowing your search or general information on where to look for what you have in mind.

In addition, there are several Alaskan location scouts listed in our Crew, Support Services & Talent Listings that may help you find that perfect place.

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How do I find Alaskans to work on my project as crew and talent as well as provide support services?

   Go to our online Crew, Support Services and Talent Listings. We recommend searching "statewide" - Alaska has a small population and searching by region won't give you the full list. Besides, most Alaskans are willing to work statewide.

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What are the rules for filming on Native Lands in Alaska?

   With one small exception (Metlakatla Village) Alaska Natives do not have reservations like Native American groups in the Lower 48. The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) passed by the U.S. Congress in 1971, created Native corporations that received title to 44,000,000 acres throughout Alaska. There are 12 Alaska-based regional corporations with landholdings and more than 200 village and urban Native corporations. Each regional, village, and urban corporation has different policies with respect to the use of their land. Before scouting or shooting on Native lands, filmmakers and still photographers should contact the regional and/or village corporation land manager or media officer to discuss access terms, conditions, and fees.

The Film Office permitting handbook includes contact information for the major Native corporations. If you are having difficulty determining who to contact, give us a call and we'll help you find the correct person.

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I want to film the North Slope oil fields and/or along the Alaska Pipeline. Whom do I contact?

   Due to security concerns, access and permission to film in these areas is highly restricted. To request permission you should contact the companies who operate/lease the areas you want to shoot. You may call or email the Alaska Film Office and we'll direct you to the public relations liaison or press contact you'll need to contact.

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I'd like more information about a specific community. Any other resources for me?

   A great source of information is the Visitors Bureau and/or Chamber of Commerce for the community.

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I would like information about Native peoples in Alaska – culture, heritage, location – where should I look?

   A good place to start would be the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

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Where can I find a calendar of events and activities going on in Alaskan communities?

   The event calendar at TravelAlaska.com.

Other Questions?
Contact the Alaska Film Production Promotion Program: Call (907) 269-8190 or e-mail AlaskaFilm@alaska.gov

Alaska - not just another pretty place