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Our Story

The Chaffee County Film Commission is here to help you navigate permitting, suggest locations, connect you with crew and support services, and support our local film industry. Our county is overflowing with Colorado's natural beauty, dramatic mountain backdrops, rivers, quaint towns and talented people.

Including the historic towns of Salida, St. Elmo and Buena Vista, Chaffee County has a wide range of filming locations, quaint historic mining towns, architectural choices, dramatic landscapes, and winding mountain roads. Set in Central Colorado, Chaffee County has 2 airports and is about 2.5 hours drive from Denver.

The Chaffee County Film Commission is here to help you in a variety of ways, including:

  • Helping you navigate the permitting process.

  • Directory to assist you with finding local professional film & video crew and support services.

  • Outreach to increase awareness of Chaffee County filming locations.

"The City of Salida is very excited to welcome the Chaffee County Film Office to our community!  As the oldest Creative Arts District in Colorado, the Film Office’s delivery of talent and visual arts to Salida is in our wheelhouse.  We’re grateful for the Office opening up here and we look forward to creative partnerships in the future."

                                                            - Drew Nelson, Salida City Administrator

Chaffee County Film Commissioner

Julie Speer Jackson

An Emmy-Award-Winning filmmaker and 4th generation Coloradan, Julie has produced and directed over 1000 documentaries across the US and abroad, including several Emmy Award-Winning shows for Public Television. She is the Creator of Rocky Mountain PBS’s “Colorado Experience”, currently in its 9th season. Julie is a talented photographer and videographer who writes and edits her own work when time permits.  Her artistic side is also expressed through cooking, gardening, handstands and painting with acrylics. Although she holds a degree in International Affairs & Economics, Julie’s passion is storytelling and she has several narrative and documentary projects in development.


Julie became the Regional Film Commissioner for Chaffee County in January 2023. She also serves on the board of Women in Film in Colorado. She is the Chief Creative Officer for jSPiNC and the Chief Content Officer for Truce Media Collective. She lives in Salida with her husband, Patrick Jackson. They have 3 children: Tristan, Ashley and Sydney.

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