Everything You Need to KNOW About the Georgia Film Industry

Everything You Need to KNOW About the Georgia Film Industry

Ranked as the number one hub globally for media production, Georgia is taking the film world by storm! From blockbuster movies to top-rated television series, Georgia is the place to kickstart your career in the film and media industry!

Tinseltown’s Southern Cousin

Atlanta, Georgia, USA Downtown Skyline Aerial.

Brought to the Peach State in 1973, the rich history of Georgia’s film industry started when Georgia governor and soon-to-be president Jimmy Carter founded the Georgia State Film Commission. Over the past 50 years, the film and media industry has brought approximately $4 billion a year to Georgia’s economy and has created a plethora of job opportunities. With the help of the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, the state became a hotspot for award-winning actors, acclaimed producers and state-of-the-art industry studios.

Some of the most popular movies and TV shows have been or currently are filmed in Georgia, including Avengers: End GameThe Walking DeadForrest GumpStranger ThingsBlack Panther and Ozark.

Blockbuster Dreams

aerial view of trilith studios in atlanta, georgia
Photo Courtesy of Trilith Studios

Conveniently located near Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Atlanta, Trilith Studios features sound stages, offices, workshops, backlots and studio vendors that provide everything needed to tell an incredible story through film. With stages developed with big productions and indie features in mind, stages located at Trilith Studios boast state-of-the-art equipment and flexible spaces for endless creative possibilities.

Owned by the creator and main character of the Madea franchise, Tyler Perry Studios showcases a major motion picture studio located on a 330-acre lot in the heart of Atlanta. As one of the most extensive production facilities in the country, the studio features forty buildings showcasing 12 sound stages, 200 acres of green space and a versatile backlot.

Shadowbox Studios is a leading independent studio platform facility that has been home to multiple blockbusters, including Jumanji: The Next Level and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Strategically placed in the metro Atlanta area, Shadowbox Studios stretches across 100 acres and features nine soundstages, a warehouse, a mill and office space.

Lights, Camera, Education!

With a curriculum thoughtfully designed to offer opportunities in the rapidly growing field of film, television and new media, Georgia State University provides its film and media students hands-on mediamaking instruction with core courses on media history, technology, culture, criticism and theory. Located in the heart of Atlanta, the acclaimed school delivers an exceptional program for individuals looking to start their careers in film and media while immersing them in the city's vibrant culture.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences offers University of Georgia students a pathway into the world of film through its various programs in the theatre and film studies department. Offering undergraduate and graduate programs under the film studies and theatre department, students have multiple study areas, including design, theatre, media and technology, film studies and performance. The Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and is a member of the University Resident Theatre Association.

With quality resources that rival those of big box studios and award-winning professors, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) School of Film and Acting is the perfect place for launching a career in film. Prepared to take on roles onstage and on-screen, film and acting students at SCAD experience hands-on instruction through live performances, music videos, dramatic series and more!

Cinematic Celebrations

SCAD Film Festival in Georgia
Photo Courtesy of Savannah Now


The SCAD Savannah Film Festival is an annual event presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design created to celebrate the cinematic developments of both emerging student filmmakers and award-winning professionals. Hosting a wide array of feature-length and short-form film screenings, workshops, competitions, special screenings and panels, the eight-day festival typically hosts more than 63,000 attendees and features honored guests, such as Janelle Monae, Jenna Ortega, Sadie Sink, Miles Teller, Eddie Redmayne and Colson Baker (a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly) who were honored guests at the 2022 festival.

Presented by the Atlanta Film Society, the annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country and is one of only two dozen Academy Award-qualifying festivals in the United States. Welcoming an audience of over 28,000 people, the much-anticipated event showcases hundreds of new international, independent, documentary, animated and short films. Past festival guests have included Jeff Foxworthy, Gary Anthony Williams, Eddie Vedder, Tichina Arnold and many more!

To learn everything you need to know before relocating to metro Atlanta, follow along on our Atlanta News page. Request your FREE copy of the relocation magazine today by clicking here!