Janis Burklund, CFC – Film Commissioner

Janis Burklund is the Dallas Film Commissioner and is responsible for promoting Dallas worldwide as a location for film, television and media production.  Serves as primary representative and liaison marketing Dallas’ resources and locations.  Works to attract, retain and encourage industry growth, increased employment and community support.

The Film Commission serves creative industry segments that produce content such as motion pictures, television, commercials, corporate videos, music videos, documentary and still photography as well as new and emerging forms of media.

Janis has been active in the local film and television production market since 1982 and has been officially 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 to provide a more synergistic approach to growing the city’s targeted Media Industries.

In her position with the film commission, she has acted as a liaison for the City of Dallas, the industry and the community at large, advocating for better understanding of the industry and benefits of local participation.  Handling location requests and referrals, working with production crews and vendors, facilitating incentive grants and actively marketing the area’s strengths to studios, producers, location managers/scouts and various industry professionals.  Under Burklund’s direction the commission has attracted and supported over $2 Billion in economic impact from the film & television related industry.

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.  In addition, she actively supports numerous film festivals and industry organizations and is an active member of the Association of Film Commissioners International having earned the designation of Certified Film Commissioner.  She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Communications – Radio & Television.

Email:  janis.burklund@dallascityhall.com