Atlanta No. 1 place to live & work as a moviemaker
Hollywood dreams no longer have to come with a California price tag.
MovieMaker Magazine, which bills itself as the nation’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent film magazine, has ranked the top 10 cities for moviemakers to chase their filmmaking ambitions.
The Hollywood of the South came out on top most notably due to Georgia’s healthy tax incentive program, which helped skyrocket it to the No. 1 spot from sixth place on the list last year.
According to the magazine, the list was compiled based on a range of factors, including 2015 film production statistics like total dollars generated and number of productions; the number of film schools, festivals, independent theaters and film organizations; as well as access to equipment and facilities, tax incentives, cost of living, and general considerations like overall lifestyle, weather and transportation.
From the report:
In recent years Georgia has quietly become home to one of the biggest film industries in the U.S., ranking third in production levels amongst states. Between the support personnel, infrastructure and increasing workforce development, Atlanta has been steadily securing a stable and exciting future in the feature film world. The state’s tax incentive program offers, effectively, 30 percent transferable credit (20 plus 10 if you use the state’s logo in your credits) for qualifying productions, which contributed $6 billion generated to the state last year. There’s no cap or sunset clause.
From major motion pictures to a growing independent film scene, MovieMaker says many movie industry professionals might never have to, or even want to, leave Atlanta.