Conduct on Productions

MN Filmmaker Code of Conduct

Minnesota Film and TV is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI).  The association's Filmmaker Code of Conduct was developed and adopted by its members to encourage best practices in our industry.

Document available in PDF here.


When filming in a neighborhood or business district, proper notification is to be provided to each merchant or neighbor who is directly affected by the company (this includes parking, base camps, and meal areas).  The filming notice should include the following:

  • Name of company.
  • Name of the production.
  • Kind of production (e.g. feature film, television movie, tv pilot, commercial, etc.).
  • Type of activity and duration (i.e., times, dates & number of days, including prep and strike).
  • Company contact (first AD, Unit Production Manager, Location Manager, and phone number).
  • Contact name and number at Minnesota Film and TV.
  • Include any required notification from the municipality.


  • Shall not enter the area before the time stipulated in the permit.
  • Park one by one.
  • Turn off engines as soon as possible.
  • Shall observe designated parking areas.
  • Shall not park production vehicles in or block driveways without the express permission of the municipal jurisdiction of the driveway owner.
  • Shall leave at the designated time. 


  • Moving or towing of the public's vehicles is prohibited without the express permission of the municipal jurisdiction or the owner of the vehicle. 


  • Meals shall be confined to the area designated in the location agreement or permit.
  • All trash must be disposed of properly upon completion of the meal.
  • Remember to use the proper receptacles for disposal of all napkins, plates, and coffee cups that you may use in the general course of the working day. 


  • Do not trespass onto other neighbors' or merchants' property.
  • Remain within the boundaries of the property that has been permitted for filming. 


  • Removing, trimming and/or cutting of vegetation or trees is prohibited unless approved by the permit authority or property owner.


  • All signs erected or removed for filming purposes will be removed or replaced upon completion of the use of that location unless otherwise stipulated by the location agreement or permit. Please remove all signs posted to direct the company to the location. 


  • Every member of the cast and crew shall keep noise levels as low as possible and will refrain from the use of lewd or improper language within earshot of the general public. 


  • Every member of the crew shall wear a production pass (badge) when issued.
  • Do not wear clothing that lacks common sense and good taste. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times unless otherwise directed. 


  • Crew members shall not display signs, posters, or pictures on vehicles that do not reflect common sense or good taste (e.g. pin-up posters). 


  • The cast and crew shall not bring guests or pets to the location unless expressly authorized in advance by the Company. 


  • All catering, craft service, construction, strike, and personal trash must be removed from the location. 


  • Observe designated smoking areas and always extinguish cigarettes in butt cans.


  • The Company will comply at all times with the provisions of the filming permit.

Harassment on Productions


Minnesota Film & Television calls on all production companies filming in the state to have a workplace harassment prevention policy in place to provide a work environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected activity or class under state or federal law.

Follow this link to learn about your rights, and how to make a complaint, under Minnesota’s Human Rights Act. Employers can find resources and information at that link as well.



In 2017, women and men who have faced sexual harassment and assault began speaking out and demanding change. In the entertainment industry, this call for action has led to the formation of TIME’S UP, a national organization dedicated to ending sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. 

Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. They partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable.

Click here to learn more about TIME'S UP.

Wage Theft

In May 2019, the Minnesota Legislature passed a new Wage Theft Prevention Act to create additional protections for workers, including adding criminal penalties for employers that commit wage theft, which occurs when employers do not pay their workers what is owed them for the work they have performed.

For employers:

Filing a grievance or wage claim: