Georgia’s film industry ranks number one globally in the production of the top grossing feature films, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, California, Louisiana, and New York.
Generous incentives and the attainment of critical mass will ensure that Georgia’s film industry makes a substantial contribution to economic growth in 2019. Since the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act was signed into law in 2008, direct spending by the film industry has increased from $93 million in 2007 to $2.7 billion in FY 2018. State incentives ensure that nearly all studio space is booked. The Georgia Film Academy will help ensure that well-trained workers are available. Georgia’s diversity of locations provides a good fit for a wide range of film and TV productions. Georgia is at the stage of development where new movie and film production increasingly begets additional movie and film production. In addition, as the professional, technical, and physical infrastructure becomes even more fully developed, the economic benefits of each dollar spent on film and television production in Georgia will generate larger economic impacts for our state’s economy. One possible risk to the outlook for Georgia’s film industry is divisive state legislation, such as “religious liberty” or “bathroom” bills.
The Savannah Film office had a record breaking $120.1 million in direct spend which equates to an economic impact of more than $253.6 million by entertainment productions in Chatham County. This is an 85 percent increase from 2017 and approximately 15 times the direct spend in 2011.