BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Louisiana has risen to the top in one of the most significant aspects of film production and has surpassed California, according to a 2013 Feature Film Production Study by FilmL.A, the Los Angeles region's non-profit permitting agency.
FilmL.A. studied all live-action feature films produced in 2013 and found that California’s share of the top 25 films dropped from 64% in 1999 (before states like Louisiana began enacting tax incentives) to only 8% last year.
Louisiana, in contrast, accounts for the largest share of live-action production with 18 films produced last year, more than California and the entire countries of Canada and the United Kingdom.
Louisiana also produced twice as many films as Georgia, the country’s second leading tax incentive state, and more than four times as many as New York.
The surveyed films represent $7.6 billion in direct spending and tens of thousands of jobs in an array of professions. The study also displayed the overwhelming number of jobs these films created in total; 14,170 jobs were created in Canada, 13,690 in Louisiana, 13,032 in the U.K. and 8,566 in California in 2013.
LFEA recently began a “Brain Gain Survey” to examine the positive effect of the Louisiana Motion Picture Tax Credit Program on the state’s workforce and businesses. The survey aims to count all who have either moved to Louisiana to pursue careers in film and television or who never left the state to begin with because of the vibrant local industry.
The survey has received a tremendous amount of responses, and is currently available on LFEA’s web site (www.lfea.org). LFEA is strongly urging everyone to participate. One participant will receive $1000 in Louisiana film tax credits.