Film Production Set to Return to the Coast

By Brandon Shope

WILMINGTON — Production companies will soon be able to apply for film grant funds to film in North Carolina. It is a move that would mean more jobs for state crews.

The $30 million film grant will be primarily geared toward attracting medium-sized projects such as television shows. Those programs have the potential to stay for several years if renewed, bringing along more jobs. They also say TV is usually better for the overall tourism industry.

“Fans that follow the show and want to come in and see it, it’s actually on the air, and they can watch it and say, ‘Hey, let’s take our vacation in Wilmington this summer and go see Under the Dome, where it’s filmed,'” said Johnny Griffin with the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.

Officials say there is a hearing set for Oct. 29 in Raleigh to review application guidelines. The state will begin accepting applications on Nov. 6.

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