Savannah Area Film Office set to attract new movies, jobs

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Savannah area film industry is about to get a major new ally.

Savannah and Chatham County are combining resources with the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) to attract even more film.

“We’re making a lot of progress, we’re doing the right thing and every year we want to take it to the next level,” says SEDA President and CEO Trip Tollison. “Budgets are very limited at the city, at the county and here, but when you put all of that together it creates one kind of a superman, superwoman type outfit.”

SEDA President and CEO Trip Tollison says now is the right time to make sure the Savannah area is ready for more movies.

In 2015 the film industry spent more than $58 Million in Chatham County. That’s more than the previous five years combined.

The City of Savannah will still be responsible for permitting and coordinating with city offices. But the new Savannah Area Film Office will handle getting those films and productions companies here.

“The marketing, the selling, you know the actual what it takes to get the film on the street, on location, kind of a one stop shopping approach,” says Tollison.

Tollison says more of these major movies mean not only more jobs for the local film industry, but more jobs in our community too.

“Restaurants, hotels, buying lumber, creating sets, it stays in the community,” he says.

Talks are already in the works to bring Tybee Island into the Savannah Area Film Office. But the invitation is open to any of our local communities.

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