As one of the first states to offer tax incentives to attract film and television projects, Louisiana has grown into a major production center. Known as “Hollywood South,” the Bayou State is third most popular filming destination in the U.S. after California and New York after growing quickly over the past decade. Boasting one of the finest infrastructures to support film and video production, Louisiana took center stage when The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won three Oscars out of its thirteen nominations in 2009. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated two Louisiana films for Best Picture:Beasts of the Southern Wild and Django Unchained.
Louisiana’s tried-and-true tax credit program has been in effect for more than 10 years. For 2013, the program provides a 30-percent credit for any in-state expenditure, while an additional 5 percent is added for Louisiana resident labor.
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