The Savannah region boasts a wealth of locations.
With the nation’s largest historic district and evergreen urban forest, the City offers a plethora of unique and timeless coastal and rural settings.
Being the first planned city in the U.S., Savannah has retained its original layout with 22 public squares, quaint brick streets, and an architectural timeline that dates back to 1733. A wealth of period locations easily double as 19th century U.S. or European cities, our marshes and swamps have played as Southeast Asia, and our picturesque beaches are some of the few easily accessible shorelines on the Georgia coast.
The Savannah Regional Film Commission, a certified Film Commission, is the central point of contact for entertainment production in the region.
The Commission promotes the Savannah area as a premiere film destination for motion picture, television, and commercial productions. Their office functions as a liaison between film companies and various municipalities in the Savannah region. The Commission provides location assistance and coordination with local crew and support services.
The Savannah Regional Film Commission is a division of Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). In addition to the state of Georgia’s tax incentives, the Savannah Regional Film Commission offers a local entertainment production rebate available for qualified productions.
Their Locations Database:
The Savannah Regional Film Commission’s locations database offers a sampling of properties in the Savannah Region. When a production company has an interest in filming in the Savannah area, they use their database to put a photo package of each locale.
Some of these include:
- Iconic Savannah
- Parks & Squares
- Historic Property
- Small Towns
- Streets & Roads
- Urban Looks
- Rural Looks
For example, the Isle of Hope Marina has many location credits to its name. The marina made its official silver screen debut in 1961 with the filming of Cape Fear. Since then, it has been the backdrop for such productions as The Girl From Plainville (2021), Gemini Man (2019), The Beach House (2018), Baywatch (2017) and the Patagonia Catalogue.
The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office offers Georgia production tax incentives up to 30 percent of your Georgia production expenditures in transferable tax credits.
- In addition, the Savannah Regional Film Commission offers the Savannah Entertainment Production Incentives. These include:
- Cash rebates for qualified feature films and televisions series
- Bonus Incentive: A $25,000 bonus will be awarded to productions that qualify for the Savannah Entertainment Production Incentive AND hire 50% or more local crew
- The Savannah Entertainment Production Incentives are managed by the Savannah Economic Development Authority.
Their website offers casting calls to the local public. A list of the most recent casting calls can be found by going to www.filmsavannah.org.
Article source: The Savannah Regional Film Commission’s website.