Thomas shares highlights from her 20 years of work for the State of Georgia focused on building the infrastructure and long-term support for Georgia’s success in the entertainment industry. Learn about Georgia’s tax incentives, Camera Ready Program, and why so many producers, location scouts, directors, editors and other industry professionals choose Georgia.
In part two of this special two-part series, Bowen shares more about the Savannah Film Alliance and how its preparing to support Savannah’s rise to fame in the entertainment industry, as well as his insights about the unions, and future.
Is financing an indie film more difficult than ever? There’s so much content out there and so few companies that can pay real money to distribute films that we moviemakers need to get realistic… and creative.
In part one, Bowen shares his background, how The Bowen Law Group is meeting the legal needs of Savannah’s entertainment industry, and his founding of the dynamic year-old Savannah Film Alliance.
Casey shares how he got his start in the transportation business, his pride in Atlanta and the service he provides, and how his company has laid the foundation to support Georgia’s booming film industry, providing transportation services to entertainment professionals who travel to and through Atlanta on business.
Last week, Craig Miller served as a panelist for Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Business of Entertainment: Focus on Film breakfast at the Fox Theatre, an event that brought together Atlanta’s biggest leaders in the film and business industries.
Perhaps more than a lucky roll of the dice, Georgia’s return-on-investment on the industry’s 70% spend in the state far exceeds the 30% lost revenue. According to Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, the production of several hundred feature films, commercials, and television shows were reported to have had an overall economic impact of $6 billion to the state in 2015.
“The 17th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will feature a record 75 feature-length and short films from around the globe,” says Kenny Blank, Executive Director for AJFF.
Much of Georgia’s success has been attributed to the financial incentives provided through the Georgia Entertainment and Industry Investment Act (GEIIA) also known as the film tax credit passed in 2005. However, diversity in landscape has played its own important role in Georgia’s success.