Film

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’s (AFCI) Locations Trade Show and Conference and made several sales calls to the West Coast. In 2017, FilmNC was once again promoting the state at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and returned to both the South by Southwest Film festival and Conference and the Toronto International Film Festival for the first time in five years. FilmNC also made its inaugural appearance at the FOCUS conference, one of the premier film and production tradeshows in Europe.

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.

The year also saw substantial enhancements to the continuation and growth of the state’s new rebate program, which is funded through the Film and Entertainment Grant. The grant funds were designated as “recurring” in the budget and raised to $31 million per fiscal year. Legislation was also passed that eliminated the program’s sunset date. These two factors should play a key role in the success of the program as it helped to re-establish the state’s long-term commitment to the industry.

Finally, 2017 also saw the debut of the highly anticipated NC-filmed feature film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” 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 and continued to promote the state’s tie-in with the feature during its award season run 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. These efforts carried into 2018.

2017 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 2017 include: