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GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL | PORT CITY COULD SOON DOMINATE AIRWAVES
By Alison Lee Satake
January 22, 2010

Wilmington led the nation’s shift to digital television broadcast. Now, the Port City wants to blaze the trail into white space.

What is white space?

White space is a powerful, short wave length signal that can collect and transmit information through brick walls, groves of trees and buildings clearly.

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GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL | 2010 LOOKS PROMISING FOR LOCAL FILM INDUSTRY
By Ken Little
January 22, 2010

The groundwork for a successful 2010 in the local motion-picture industry was actually laid in 2009, several people close to the industry said.

Now, it’s just a matter of waiting for the benefits of developments like the 25 percent state tax credit for filmmakers, which became law earlier this month.

Stage 10 on the lot of the EUE Screen Gems studio, with its technologically advanced water tank and other features attractive to big-budget filmmakers, will also pay dividends this year, officials said.

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GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL | UNCW FILM INSTRUCTOR'S ANIMATED FILM WINS AWARDS
By
Ken Little
January 22, 2010

University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies instructor Andre Silva’s animated film “Ichthyopolis” has attracted a great deal of attention and continues to win awards at film festivals across the country.

The film recently won an award for best animation at the South Dakota Animation Festival and first prize at the Carborro Film Festival. Both awards included a cash prize.

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GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL | CUCALORUS FILM FESTIVAL SHARES RANKS WITH SUNDANCE
By Business Journal Staff
January 15, 2010

The Cucalorus Film Festival recently was named one of the top ten film festivals in the nation by the Brooks Institute, the professional photography and video school in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Other festivals on the list include Sundance, Seattle International, New York, Tribeca, Nashville, San Francisco International, Chicago International, LA Comedy Shorts and San Diego.

“The Institute’s inclusion of Cucalorus in its Top 10 puts Wilmington on the map, so to speak. We start to show up on the radar as one of the top locations in the film industry and as a great place for artists to live and work,” said Dan Brawley, director of Cucalorus in a press release.

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ENCORE ONLINE | FILM INCENTIVE NOW IN EFFECT IN NORTH CAROLINA
By Gwenyfar Rohler
January 12, 2010

With the new year arriving comes the new Film Incentive Package for the state of North Carolina. Though some may disagree with me, this is a fabulous long-term investment in our local economy.

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NC FILM INCENTIVES

On Thursday, August 27, 2009, Gov. Bev Perdue signed SB 943 allowing production companies a 25% tax credit for film projects in NC. Effective January 1, 2010, production companies that spend at least $250,000 in North Carolina with respect to motion picture or television production are eligible to receive a refundable tax credit of 25% of in-state spending for labor, goods, & services.

Please contact our office for additional information.

1223 N. 23rd Street
Wilmington, NC 28405
P (910) 343-3456
F (910) 343-3457
commish@wilmingtonfilm.com

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REEL-SCOUT™ LOCATION DATABASE

The Wilmington Regional Film Commission is excited to have the Reel-Scout™ locations photo database. This system will allow the Commission to quickly assemble location photo packages for you, the client. Once the package is electronically assembled, you will be directed to a specific URL where the photos are waiting for your review. If necessary, we can make changes to the package with the simple stroke of a key. No more waiting for overnight delivery or trying to download massive email files. Quick. Efficient. Exact. Contact us today to receive a sample package of location photos. Reel-Scout™ is just another example of why productions choose to shoot in Wilmington.

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GET YOUR FILM COMMISSION T-SHIRT

Show your support for the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc. by purchasing a t-shirt for only $12 (shipping is additional). The white t-shirt is 100% cotton and has the award-winning logo on the upper left side of the front. The proceeds go to help the Film Commission in its continuing effort to recruit production to the Wilmington region. To order your t-shirt, contact the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc. at commish@wilmingtonfilm.com or by calling (910) 343-3456.