Why Lake Charles?

Thanks to competitive tax incentives, Louisiana has quickly become one of the premier locations for film & television production in the United States. As for Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana, filmmakers can enhance their production value by taking advantage of the unique communities as well as the sub-tropical climate. Located between Houston and New Orleans, Lake Charles has great access to additional film industry services from neighboring areas.



   Baton Rouge 122 miles
   Houston 140 miles
   New Orleans 218 miles
   Austin 272 miles
   Mobile 320 miles
   San Antonio 341 miles
   Destin 432 miles


Other Selling Points

  • Conveniently located on I-10 between Houston and New Orleans
  • Local talent
  • Local crew
  • Casting assistance for extras
  • Publicity
  • Catering
  • Transportation
  • Governmental liaisons
  • Scouting assistance


A small sampling of our location menu includes: bayous, backwaters, lakes, a national register historic district, jungle terrain, swampy marshes, rural towns and farms. The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Film Commission is committed to building a motion picture industry by offering assistance and information regarding accommodations, talent or technical personnel, casting assistance for extras, transportation, catering, governmental liaisons, and scouting assistance.

For more information on filming in the area, contact Angie Manning, at amanning@visitlakecharles.org or call 337-502-4343​.