North Carolina’s film industry got a shot in the arm this past week when Governor Roy Cooper signed new legislation to extend our state’s film grant program indefinitely.
On Monday, Senate Bill 582 was signed into law which, among other things, eliminated the film grant program’s sunset date of Jan. 1, 2020. Many filmmakers have been hesitant to start any new productions, knowing their grant could expire before they were done with production.
The bill also allocates an additional $31 million in film grant money for next year. This funding, along with the elimination of the program’s sunset date, significantly boosts North Carolina’s attractiveness to both movie makers and producers of TV series.
In a statement, Gov. Cooper said, “The film industry creates jobs in North Carolina and we need to do more to bring certainty for the companies that come to our state.”
North Carolina has a long history of producing hit tv series, including One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, and Under the Dome, and many legendary movies, such as Talladega Nights, Dirty Dancing, and The Hunger Games. (check out our list of the Top 10 Most Famous Movies Filmed Around Charlotte).
There are currently no major productions being filmed in our state, but with permanent incentives back, it shouldn’t be long before we start seeing new productions start.