MovieMaker magazine named Savannah number one in their annual ranking “Best Small Places and Towns to Live and Work as a Moviemaker.”
According to MovieMaker, “The year 2015 was something of a banner production year for the city, which hosted 90 professional projects, such as the Adam Sandler-starrer The Do Over, Marc Webb’s Gifted and three Sundance 2016 features: Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, Antonio Campos’ Christine, which also shot in New York, and Clea Duvall’s The Intervention.”
The feature also notes Georgia’s 30 percent tax incentive as well as the recently approved Savannah Film Incentive. Managed by the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the local incentives partnered with the state’s already existing incentives, are helping to build a sustainable production industry in Chatham
County by increasing the number of qualified crew members living and working in the area and increasing the number of film and television productions based in Chatham County.
The Savannah College of Art and Design, their renowned Savannah Film Festival and the new Big River Film Festival are also highlighted as factors for the number one ranking.
Ranking Savannah the number one best place to live and work for small cities and towns is a huge honor for our city,” said Trip Tollison, SEDA President and CEO. “The partnership with the City of Savannah Film Office, the hiring of entertainment production liaison Ralph Singleton and the new Savannah Film Incentive has catapulted us to the top. We look forward to a great 2016.”
We’re extremely proud to receive this recognition,” said Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter. “Savannah is known as the Hostess City, and we will continue to ensure our city is the most welcoming and business savvy choice for the film and television community.”
Additionally, the publication ranked Atlanta number one for “Big Cities to Live and Work as a Moviemaker.”
Film Savannah is a partnership of the Savannah Film Office and SEDA
SEDA is responsible for the marketing and recruitment of entertainment production as well as administering and distributing local entertainment production rebates available for qualified productions.
The Savannah Film Office, a certified Film Commission, is a one-stop shop for production including permitting, location assistance and coordination with local crew and services. The Savannah Film Office is an office of the City of Savannah.