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State Film Commissions Guide: Virginia

State Film Commissions Guide: Virginia

What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state?
Fee-free government buildings
Virginia welcomes smaller projects and independent filmmakers

What tax credits are available for productions in your state?
We have a tax credit program and a separate grant program. Incentive packages are tailored to specific projects.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about?
3000 acre historic backlot near Richmond featuring farm, wharf, sailing ship, paddle wheel ship, battlefields, river, farmland. Richmond and Petersburg double for Washington, DC and historic urban areas. Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains, Jamestowne, Williamsburg, Fort Monroe.

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about?
New Millenium Studios in Petersburg and New Dominion Pictures in Suffolk. Smaller studios throughout the state.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state?
“Lincoln” (DreamWorks), “Argo” (Warner Bros), “John Adams” (HBO Mini-Series), “Killing Lincoln” (National Geographic; Scott Free Films), “Wish You Well” (Life Out Loud Films), “Captain Phillips” (Michael DeLuca Productions).

What should filmmakers do if they’re interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions? 
Contact any staff member, 800.854.6233 or 804.545.5530. Comprhensive location library and incentive information on the Virginia Film Office website.

Interested in the incentives offered by other state film commissions? Check out Indiewire’s full guide to state film commissions HERE

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