North Carolina Film Office (FilmNC)

The North Carolina Film Office (FilmNC) and regional film commissions promoted filmmaking in North Carolina at the annual Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) and on several sales calls to the West Coast. In 2016, FilmNC returned to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and also attended the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) annual Produced By conference. FilmNC sponsored and hosted events at the Cucalorus Film Festival (Wilmington) and RiverRun International Film Festival (Winston-Salem)), while promoting more than 30 film festivals held across the state. Additionally, on a local level, FilmNC was 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. The also made multiple speaking engagements at conferences and civic meetings.

The year saw the continuation and growth of the state’s new rebate program, which is funded through the Film and Entertainment Grant. The grant saw a contribution of $30 million from the General Assembly as of January 2016 and an additional $30 million was put into the account in September with the passing of the 2016-17 fiscal budget. While the change in the incentive program continues to result in a drop in the number of productions, in-state spending by productions, employment numbers, and number of production days, it also results in the state itself directly spending less money in the form of refundable tax credits/rebates.

2016 Total Production Estimates & Highlights from N.C. Film Office:

Highlights of film projects during 2016 include:

National commercials for Audi (grant recipient), Hillshire Farms, Coca-Cola and Mountain Dew