Stelly says Louisiana film tax incentives driving matured industry

benjamin-buttonThe Louisiana film industry has matured and is doing better than ever.



In the second of a multi-part Internet video interviews, the Director of Entertainment for  Louisiana  Economic Development discussed with Bayoubuzz publisher Stephen Sabludowsky the growth of the film industry in Louisiana and why producers are coming down to the state for their films.

While Louisiana was the venue for movies of the past such as King Creole and Street Car Named Desire, those prior decades cannot compare to the growth of the industry over the past ten years since the film industry tax credits were instituted. Not only is Louisiana becoming known for quality films, it is becoming a location haven as even more films with top named producers are taking advantage of the tax incentives that have been the reason for the industry’s growth.   

Stelly said the tax credits incentive program which has been in place since 2002 has enabled the state to develop a now-matured industry that has become the showplace for large films including the academy award winning “Ray” about legendary Ray Charles, the Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons starring Brad Pitt, and now many others.

Stelly discussed how other states have attempted to copy the Louisiana model but so far have not duplicated its success.  Currently according to a respected industry publication, Louisiana has become the third-largest film state in the U.S.

LED's Louisiana Enterainment Directory Stelly talks industry growth

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