North Carolina Film Office (FilmNC)

The North Carolina Film Office (FilmNC) and regional film commissions promoted filmmaking in North Carolina at the newly revamped Association of Film Commissioners International’s (AFCI) AFCI Week and made several sales calls to the West Coast. In 2018, FilmNC was once again promoting the state at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Locally, FilmNC sponsored and hosted events at the Cucalorus Film Festival (Wilmington) and RiverRun International Film Festival (Winston-Salem), while continuing to use various online and social platforms to promote more than 30 film festivals held across the state. Additionally, the state film office also continued its work in helping to support local filmmakers by serving as the primary sponsor of the “Filmed In NC” filmmakers fund, given out to indigenous North Carolina filmmakers by the Cucalorus Foundation to help highlight their works on a national and international stage.

FilmNC also partnered with NC-based Krispy Kreme to get the attention of film industry decision-makers with a unique package communicating the benefits of filming in NC, as well as a taste of some of the best NC has to offer by way of Krispy Kreme. FilmNC distributed nearly 350 dozen doughnuts to 43 different Los-Angeles based production companies which included the newly-designed FilmNC Pitch Book communicating the 25 percent rebate and other film incentive package details.

Finally, 2018 also saw the theatrical runs of the highly anticipated NC-filmed feature films “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “American Animals.” With regards to Three Billboards... both the NC Film Office and VisitNC began promoting the state as the film’s home when the feature made its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in Fall 2017 and continued to promote the state’s tie-in with the feature well into 2018 to both the film and entertainment industry as well as to potential visitors looking to see where the feature film was made, including developing a travel itinerary highlighting both filming locations used as well as local businesses visited by the production team.

2018 Total Production Estimates & Highlights from N.C. Film Office:

*per information provided to FilmNC and/or one of the regional film commissions in the state

Highlights of film projects during 2018 include: