Georgia hosted more feature film productions than in 2016 than any other market, including the United Kingdom and California, according to a new study from FilmL.A., the not-for-profit film office that serves the Greater L.A. region.
FilmL.A. analyzed a sample of 100 feature films from 2016, and 17 of these filmed in Georgia, FilmL.A. said May 23. The U.K. took the No. 2 spot with 16 films, followed by Canada (13), California (12), Louisiana (6) and New York (6).
“The rapid growth of the film and television industry in Georgia and the state’s steadfast commitment to its support is remarkable,” the report said. “With 17 projects in 2016, the first-ranked Peach State hosted nearly three times as many feature films as fifth-place New York and Louisiana.” Read the full study here.
FilmL.A. switched up its methodology this year for its feature film study. Previously, it chose the films it studied based on releases by the major U.S. film companies, but this year it studied the 100 top-grossing films at the U.S. box office.
Under FilmL.A.’s previous methodology, Georgia tied with Louisiana for No. 3 with 12 films each in 2015. California ranked No. 1 with 19 films, and the U.K. 15 films.
According to the study, in 2016 Georgia lost $606 million in tax revenue to fund its film incentive program, which awards up to 30 percent back of a production’s spend back in transferable credits that can be sold on the free market. But the tax credit program is paying off — last year, films and television shows spent $2.02 billion in the Peach State.
“Passengers,” “The 5th Wave,” “Allegiant” and “Captain America: Civil War” were among the films FilmL.A. studied that shot in Georgia last year. These productions had a budget value of $950.2 million and spent $476.4 million, or 50 percent, on locations.
“Viewed from a national perspective, Georgia helped the United States’ film industry maintain its dominance over many international competitors who could otherwise have been the beneficiary of the jobs and production spending generated by these feature projects,” said the report.
California finished No. 4 overall, but still leads as a production center with over $30 billion in direct spending annually.
Overall filming in the United States fell to the lowest percentage in four years, with 57 percent of the films studied shooting stateside. In 2015, 67 percent of the films studied shot in the U.S.
The 100 films surveyed had a total budget value of $7.5 billion, and their collective global ticket sales were $38.6 billion.