Film

North Carolina Film Office (NCFO)

The North Carolina Film Office (NCFO) 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 2015, the NCFO returned to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah—this time joined by partners from the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc., Piedmont Triad Film Commission and the Charlotte Regional Film Commission. The NCFO sponsored and hosted events and panel discussions at the Cucalorus Film Festival (Wilmington), RiverRun International Film Festival (Winston-Salem) and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham), while promoting more than 30 film festivals held across the state. NCFO staff also made multiple speaking engagements at conferences and civic meetings.

2015 saw the start of the new Film and Entertainment Grant, which at first had a one-time allocation of $10 million (the grant was raised to $30 million/fiscal year at the end of the legislative session; however, the additional allocation of funds was not available until January 2016).  While the change in the incentive program resulted in a drop in the number of productions, in-state spending by productions, employment numbers, and number of production days, it will result in the state itself directly spending less money in the form of refundable tax credits/rebates.

2015 N.C. Department of Revenue Film Tax Credit Report*:

*The report issued by the NCDOR only reflects paperwork submitted between May 2015 and April 2016, includes numbers from projects that filmed prior to this timeframe and does not include all projects that actually filmed during this same timeframe.

2015 Total Production Estimates & Highlights from N.C. Film Office:

Highlights of film projects during 2015 include: