Janis Burklund, Director
Janis Burklund is Director of the Dallas Film Commission and has been active in the local film and television production market since 1982, promoting the area since 1997 when she first started as project manager with the former DFW Regional Film Commission. With the inception of the Dallas Film Commission in October 2002, she was hired as the project manager, and then named director in October 2003. In November of 2010 the film commission transitioned to the City of Dallas, Office of Economic Development in order to provide a more synergistic approach to growing the city’s targeted Media Industries.
In her positions with the film commissions, she has acted as a liaison with Dallas and area cities regarding filming policies and procedures, advocated for better understanding of the impact of the industry, the need for incentives and benefits of local participation, handled location requests and referrals, worked with production crews and vendors, and actively marketed the area’s strengths to studios, producers, location scouts and various industry professionals. Under Burklund’s direction the commission has attracted and supported over $1 Billion in economic impact from the film & television related creative media industries.
Prior to working for the film commissions, Janis freelanced in the film/ television industry for 15 years; much of that time as a Location Manager working on numerous television shows, series, commercials and motion pictures. Burklund actively supports numerous local film festivals and industry organizations; and is an active member of the Association of Film Commissioners International, having served on their certification committee and assisted with further development of their professional education courses.