Welcome to the Central Illinois Film Commission.
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The Central Illinois Film Commission

is a membership-supported non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting central Illinois as a historical and film-friendly region, attracting projects to our area, and supporting local projects and talent.

We Serve:

  • Film
  • Television
  • Video
  • Photography
  • Documentary
  • Music Video

We Support:

  • Talent
  • Servces
  • Experiences


Over 120 Years in the Entertainment Industry

Dean Williams

President, Photographer

Still photographer for more than 165 major motion picture and television productions.

Jim Betts

Set Designer

Former Paramount Studios™ Head of Set Construction and Painting.

Dr. Karl Luthin, DVM

Props, Wrangler

Over 30 years providing horses, wagons, livery, and props to the motion picture industry.



A few examples of project in which CIFC Members participated either in front of or behind the camera.

Lights in the Rear View Mirror

Lights in the Rear View Mirror

An educational video shown to high school driver education classes in the state of Illinois as mandated by the Illinois General Assembly.

View on Youtube


A commercial production introducing the Teddy Roosevelt commemorative stamp.

I See Deer

A live-action and partially animated children's music video.
Photos by Ron RT McDonald.

View on Youtube

June Meeting!

(The last one until September!)

At the Ace Sign Co. Sign Museum • 2540 South 1st Streeet • Springfield, Illinois.
Doors open at 6 p.m., Meeting begins at 7.

Special Guest Speakers Todd and Dennis from Ace Sign Co.

…will guide us on a private tour of the Ace Sign Co. Sign Museum, featuring a collection of over 85 historic signs from Springfield and Route 66.

Special Guest Speaker CIFC Vice President Diana Dugan

Our liaison to Illinois 4-H will introduce CIFC / 4-H members hired for the filming of “American Criminals”, filmed right here in Illinois!

Special Membership Offer!

Anyone who signs up for membership to the Central Illinois Film Commission at the June Meeting will receive membership for not only the remainder of 2024, but also for the entirety of 2025 as well! (We usually wait until October for this offer.)

Call for Speakers!

If you know anyone who would like to speak at a CIFC meeting on film-related topics, please call Dean Williams at 217.725.1187 prior to the next meeting.

Volunteer as an Illinois 4-H Judge at the State Fair!

To volunteer as an Exhibit Judge for the 2024 State Fair, download and fill out the W-9 form. The login page for the 4-H Fair/Show Volunteer Judges’ Orientation has not yet been updated for 2024, but will appear here as soon as it is up. Volunteer Judges will receive a complimentary ticket and parking pass to the fair, and can choose to be paid $50 / day. If you're from out of town, the 4-H will supply a hotel room for the 3 days of judging.



All memberships expire with the calendar year.



New Online Store Coming Soon!

To order merchandise, please call Customer Service at +1 217 529 1555.

Black Polo Shirt

Men's UltraClub Cool & Dry Mesh Polo Shirt (Black or White)

Look and be cool with our stylish polo with the CIFC logo on the front.
S-XL - $20.00
2-3XL - $25.00.

White Tee Shirt

T-Shirt - Gildan DryBlend 50/50 (White or Black)

For a great cooler casual look, try the Gildan® DryBlend™ 50/50 T-Shirt in White or Black with the CIFC logo on back.
All adult sizes - $15.00

Logo Hats

Logo Ball Cap (Black or White)

Proudly wear the Central Illinois Film Commission Logo ball cap wherever you go!
One size fits most - $15.00.

Lincoln's Funeral DVD

Lincoln's Funeral DVD

This video captures the sights, sounds, and experiences of the historic 3-day event which recreated Lincoln's funeral. You can own a copy of the DVD which chronicles this once-in-a-lifetime event.
DVD - $24.95 + S&H

A Beatle in Benton DVD

A Beatle in Benton

A documentary of Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison's first US visit to Benton, Illinois to visit his sister, Louise Harrison-Caldwell. Contains exclusive interviews.
2-DVD Set - $24.95 + S&H

The Showdown DVD

The Showdown DVD

A US Marshal on a mission to reunite his family finds nothing but trouble after settling in a small Texas town. Shot in Central Illinois with mostly CIFC members.
DVD - $24.95 + S&H



We'd love to hear from you!




Founder & President
Dean Willams
+1 217 725 1187

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