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Film Friendly Louisville

A collaboration between the Louisville Film Society

A collaboration between the Louisville Film Society and Louisville Forward


Film Friendly Kentucky aims to educate and enlighten our community on all the benefits involved with hosting a production. It provides resources to assist local businesses in becoming savvier partners and a database of locations for filmmakers.

Why host a film?

Hosting a film shoot can be a great experience for you, your business, and the visiting crew – this new state-wide program is here to help make sure your experiences are positive.

Business Publicity

If you are a business owner, publicity & brand awareness may be your biggest motivator for hosting a film shoot.

Economic Impact

When a film production arrives in your town, they eat, sleep, and shop in your local area. It’s an economic boost for the whole community.

Income Stream

You can make a side income simply from renting your home out for film productions! You would be surprised at the potential.


What should you expect from hosting a film production?

Wondering what you should really expect from hosting a film production? We hope to address some of the most asked questions along with a few that you SHOULD be asking, but might not have thought of, in these videos.

Part I


Learn about the Film Friendly Louisville project and how to navigate this site.

Part II

Pros & Cons

Understand the advantages and risks that come with hosting a production.

Part III

The Location Scout

How to put your best foot forward when productions are evaluating your location.

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If you, a colleague, or a client are contacted by a production, what questions should you be prepared to answer? And what questions should you be ready to ask? Check out our resources here for that and more!

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Key Questions To Ask Producers

Location Fact Sheet

Sample Location Agreement

Sample Location Release

Sample Insurance Cert


Lights, Camera, Location! 

Lights, Camera, Location! 

Lights, Camera, Location! 

Lights, Camera, Location! 

Lights, Camera, Location! 

Lights, Camera, Location! 

Kentucky’s new incentive is active and filming is happening right now! If you have a location you’d like to be considered for filming, please fill out our signup form below!

Every production needs places to film, and since there’s currently no local studio, shows will be more likely to favor “on-location” shooting. This can range from films to television to commercials and can be studio or independent.

This sign-up form will walk you through some of the basic questions they’ll need to know about your location for their filming logistics. Being better informed will make you a better potential partner for these productions.




St Boniface Catholic Church

531 E Liberty St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA

St. Boniface Catholic Church is a historic church at 501-531 E. Liberty Street in Louisville, Kentucky. Established in 1836, St. Boniface was the first German Catholic parish in the city. It is also the oldest, continuously existent, Catholic parish in the city of Louisville.

Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm | Friday-Sat Closed | Sunday 8am-12:30pmContact: Rev. Jeff P. Shooner5025844279 | Visit Website

Hermitage Farm

10508 W Hwy 42, Goshen, KY 40026, USA

Hermitage Farm celebrates Kentucky’s unique agricultural heritage and the signature industries that make us a place like nowhere else. Experience our renowned thoroughbred operations, sustainable, organic farm-to-table dining, bourbon tastings, and contemporary artwork displayed in a 19th-century estate reimagined through 21st-century eyes.

Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-9pm | Sunday, 12-4pmContact: Curtis | Visit Website

Turnabout (Houseboat)

1700 Marinas Edge Way, Louisville, KY, USA

42 Foot Catamaran style houseboat, comfortable setting with helm, galley, head, couch seating, and upper deck.

24/7Contact: Nancy | Visit Website

Bourbons Bistro

2255 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206, USA

Bourbons Bistro makes its home in historic Clifton in a building dating back to the 1870’s. With a selection of more than 130 bourbons, Bourbons Bistro is Louisville’s foremost bourbon bar. Our ever-revolving seasonal menu is bourbon inspired and locally sourced.

Tuesday-Thursday 4:30pm - 10pm | Friday & Saturday 4:30pm - 11pm | Closed Sunday and MondayContact: Margot | Visit Website

The Wine Rack

2632 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY, USA

Locally owned and operated since 2003, The Wine Rack is located in the heart of Crescent Hill at 2632 Frankfort Ave. We offer a broad selection of wines from the world’s premier wine regions, as well as bourbon, beer and spirits.

Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm | Friday – Saturday 9am – 9pm | Sunday 1pm – 5pmContact: John | Visit Website

Four Boards Wood Works

1915 Production Dr, Louisville, KY 40299, USA

Ed James and his team build custom tables, doors, cabinets, countertops, from design to finish. Do you love fine woodworking? We certainly do!

Monday-Friday 7:30AM–4PMContact: Ed James5027495222 | Visit Website

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport

700 Administration Drive, Louisville, KY, USA

Just 10 minutes from downtown, Louisville International Airport offers nonstop service and convenient connections to cities worldwide. The Louisville International Airport (SDF) is home of the Jerry E. Abramson Terminal Building. The Louisville International Airport along with Bowman Field (LOU) is owned and operated by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.

24/7/365Contact: Adam | Visit Website

Decca Lounge & Restaurant

812 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206, USA

Adventurous New American spot & cellar lounge featuring live music in a vintage building.

Monday and Wednesday - Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm | Closed Tuesdays | Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am-2:00pmContact: Chad | Visit Website

Churchill Downs

700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, USA

In 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby.” The Derby is now the longest continually-running sporting event in America and is known as the most exciting two minutes in sports.

Monday 11:30AM–8PM | Tuesday Closed | Wednesday 11:30AM–6:15PM | Thursday 11:30AM–8PM | Friday 11:30AM–10:30PM | Saturday-Sunday 11:30AM–10PMContact: Churchill Downs5026364400 | Visit Website

North of Bourbon

935 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217, USA

North of Bourbon celebrates the special relationship between New Orleans and bourbon in the unique and friendly Germantown community. Chic, vintage-inspired speakeasy with wood-paneled walls & a changing menu of creative cocktails.

Tuesday–Thursday: 11:30am-12:00am | Friday–Saturday: 11:30am–1:00am | Sunday–Monday: CLOSEDContact: Eric | Visit Website

Kentucky Home Life Building

239 S 5th St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA

Kentucky Home Life Building was built in 1912. It holds history, stories, and architectural wonder. 20 story office building. Power and water. Leftover office furniture throughout the building. An old pizza place in the basement. 2 bank vaults. Will sit vacant until 2023. First floor with three-story ceiling. Rooftop access.

By Appointment OnlyContact: Adam

Vernon Lanes

1575 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

Historic bowling alley in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood. Full service restaurant, cocktail bar and concert venue.

7 days per week 12p - 2aContact: Vernon Lanes5023572382 | Visit Website

Anchor Building

2509 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY, USA

Building Features:
Gymnasium w/ Stage, 2 First Floor Offices, Basement Office Space, 4 Offices on the Second Floor, Conference Room, Common Area Space, Front Porch, Private Parking w/ alley access, 2 Electric Car Charging Stations, Green space w/ playground

Call/email to inquire about filming times.Contact: Alisha

The Depot

2508 Portland Ave.

35,000 SQ FT. building features 17 classrooms plus the front office space, gym, cafeteria, and a detached garage.

Inquire about times to schedule filmingContact: Alisha Connors2707919480

Mag Bar

1398 S 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40208

Described as a “down-to-earth watering hole offering drink specials, live bands & quirky decor since 1962”. We have the best jukebox in the city!

A dive bar with a room for shows in the back. The room has a stage, lights, and a sound system. Back porch area as well.

Prefer to film in the mornings and early afternoon, but anything is possible! Contact us for more about scheduling.Contact: | Visit Website

Barret Babes

970 Barret Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

Vintage clothing store. Sells clothing, accessories, art, plants, and novelty items.

Contact for more info about scheduling.Contact: Althea-Lane Ford5028130306 | Visit Website


229 Walnut St Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Gothic Church few blocks from downtown Louisville @ Walnut/Chestnut: 15,000 sf w/ several bathrooms & 2 large Paved parking lots; Ample electricity; Period lighting, Staircase, Bell Tower; Ground floor reception seats 200 at tables; Upstairs auditorium accommodates several hundred in pews; Stage large enough for a choir; Beautiful multi-colored lighting

By appointment. Flexible hours.Contact: David and Shanita | Visit Website

Hyatt House Louisville East

9315 Leesgate Road Louisville, KY 40222

Our modern hotel in Louisville’s East End is thoughtfully-designed with all the comforts of home. Enjoy our spacious rooms, and suites appointed with kitchen necessities to make your stay in the Bluegrass state a comfortable respite on your Kentucky adventure. Dive into our indoor pool, fitness center, and event space.

24/7Contact: Dustin Hughes5029197823 | Visit Website

The Blue Belle Historic Cottage

534 1st Street, Shelbyville, KY, USA

Meet The Blue Belle: a beautifully restored 1880s cottage nestled on a peaceful block in the heart of Shelbyville. Only a 5 minute walk to downtown. Start your day with a hot coffee on the back deck, make s’mores by the firepit, cook dinner in the fully stocked kitchen, and

Can be rented for weeks at a timeContact: Isabelle Caggiano5166376150 | Visit Website

Inman House

1971 Bardstown Road, Suite 2

Bailey Prop Mgmt has a historic home rentable for 3 mos at a time (or more) next to Cherokee Park. Beautifully furnished with 7 beds, 9 baths, liv. rm., din. rm., kitch., sun rm., & speak easy. Would make excellent filming location or actor accommodation.
Call 502.456.5181 for more info.

Monday - Friday 10:00-5:00Contact: Denise | Visit Website