$34 Million Now Available for Productions
Jul 14, 2017
RALEIGH -- North Carolina is now accepting applications for the state's Film and Entertainment Grant Program, which includes $34 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year that began July 1. The funding allocation, which was recently approved by the state's General Assembly, is part of an ongoing effort to build on the Tar Heel State's impressive track record of attracting top-flight film, television and commercial production.
"We're excited to see this commitment to the future of North Carolina's film industry," says Guy Gaster, director of the North Carolina Film Office. "North Carolina has a competitive incentives program, and we want producers, location scouts and other industry professionals to know we're open for business and ready to meet their production needs."
Gaster says it is important to note that the grant program's funds are now designated in the budget as recurring, which means production companies can count on it for future years.
Funds from the grant program will serve as a rebate of up to 25% on qualified in-state expenses not to exceed $5 million per feature film, $9 million for a television series season or $250,000 per commercial.
North Carolina has a long film and television production history including notable films such as Dirty Dancing, Masterminds, Captive, The Longest Ride, Max, The Conjuring, Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, Days of Thunder, The Color Purple and the upcoming Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as well as TV series such as Under The Dome, the first three seasons of Homeland and One Tree Hill. Currently, season 2 of the TNT television show Good Behavior is filming in Wilmington.
"Combining the amount of grant money available with North Carolina's availability of experienced, talented, top-notch production crews plus our location diversity – from beautiful beaches to the mountains, charming small towns and dynamic urban areas – there's never been a better time to choose North Carolina for your film and TV production needs," says Gaster.
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