Commercial Filming and Photography

With countless resources available to the film industry, the City of Atlanta and the state of Georgia are offering filmmakers new and unique locations. One of those locations is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. ATLReels is Hartsfield-Jackson’s premiere program dedicated to guiding filmmakers through the process of filming or photographing at the world’s most traveled airport. ATL has played a supporting role in numerous productions and publications including:

  • “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”
  • “American Idol”
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • CDC’s “Prep Check!”
  • “Due Date”
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “FAST FORWARD”
  • “Life as We Know It”
  • “The Good Lie”
  • “Real Housewives of Atlanta”
  • “Revolution”

Getting started is simple: All commercial filming or photographic requests should be directed to the ATL Reels program – a subunit of Hartsfield-Jackson’s Policy and Communications division. Contact DeAllous Smith at 404-382-2323, or via email at to schedule a scout visit, discuss a potential project, or obtain a Film and Photography Request Form. To schedule a scout visit, applicants must complete a new customer billing form and be in full compliance with the City of Atlanta’s Insurance and Bonding Requirements.

Hartsfield-Jackson requests a minimum of 14 business days to process each request. However, larger and more complex requests may take up to 45 business days to complete the entire process.  Projects may require technical scouts and planning meetings to determine the feasibility of each production request. Hartsfield-Jackson does charge applicable production rates depending on the size and scope of the project.

In addition to Hartsfield-Jackson’s permit, commercial filming and photography productions must also obtain a separate permit from the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment. For information about its separate permitting process and fee structures, please visit:

Hartsfield-Jackson reserves the right to decline filming and photography requests that are not in line with the Airport’s vision and mission. All projects must operate in accordance with the facility’s Policies and Procedures and Insurance and Bonding Requirements.

Production Rates:

The following are Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s commercial photography and filming fees, location fees and procedure schedule fees:

Application Processing Schedule: Two Weeks’ Notice
Application Processing Fee: $200 (non-refundable; must be submitted with application)
Scouting Trips, Site Tours, Pre-Shoot Meetings $50/hour (two-hour minimum)
Filming inside of Airport and airfield operations area $500/hour (includes one Airport escort)
Filming curbside, exteriors and roadways $400/hour (includes one Airport escort)
Cancellation Fee $100 (without the required 24-hour notice)

Additional fees may apply according to the complexity of the project. The rates published are not meant to be an exhaustive list of the total cost to film at the facility. For example, separate fees may be charged for Airport personnel staffing, or by the airlines, Airport tenants, Airport Parking, the Atlanta Police Department, etc.

For administrative reasons, technical scouts and planning meetings are typically conducted Tuesday through Thursday during normal business hours. Final technical scouts must be conducted at least one (1) week in advance of the filming date.