- Atlanta is a leading city for film and television production, as Georgia offers one of the most competitive tax incentives in the country. In 2016, 250 feature film and television projects were shot in Georgia, generating $7 billion in economic impact.
- The influx of film and television projects in Georgia has catapulted the state to the No. 3 production location in the nation, according to FilmL.A. In addition to the rise in production activity in Atlanta and the surrounding region, the area also serves as an incubator for filmmakers.
- Georgia production incentives provide up to 30 percent of Georgia production expenditures in transferable tax credits.
- Since 2009, 45 feature films including The Blind Side, Flight, Identity Thief, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1, The Divergent Series, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming were filmed in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s film festivals showcase new and emerging talent from around the country. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival draws more than 38,000 moviegoers annually, making it the largest Jewish film festival in the world and largest film festival in the city. The longest running Atlanta-based film fest, Atlanta Film Festival, engages more than 25,000 viewers annually. Atlanta’s Bronze Lens Film Festival is one of the nation’s most comprehensive film festivals showcasing people of color, both in front of and behind the camera.
Popular Film Locations
Atlanta’s landmarks have made several appearances in more than 700 films and 20 television shows filmed in the city since 1972. Atlanta’s oasis in the city, Piedmont Park in Midtown, appeared in Anchorman 2 and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in restaurant featuring hot dogs, hamburgers and Frosted Orange shakes, made its big screen debut in Denzel Washington’s Remember the Titans. Porsche Experience Center can be spotted in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.
For guided experiences, Atlanta Movie Tours has the inside scoop on Atlanta film sites featured in The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games and Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are eight unique movie experiences with nearly 80 guided tours a month. Swan House Capitol Tours at Atlanta History Center includes a guided tour through the Swan House showcasing rooms that were used during filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Tours and Conventions
Atlanta’s emergence as a film destination spurred several conventions dedicated to popular movies and television shows. Dragon Con is the world’s largest multimedia, pop culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming comics, literature, art, music and film. Attendees come from across the world for the annual three-day convention held over Labor Day weekend. Film and television enthusiasts will encounter celebrity-filled panels by the likes of actor Alan Tudyk of Firefly, actress Gillian Anderson from The X-Files and Mythbusters Tory Belleci and Kari Byron, who are past participants. Walker Stalker Convention started in Atlanta in 2013 by James Frazier and Eric Nordhoff. It’s a three-day fan meet-up full of events, panels and experiences dedicated to The Walking Dead. Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign, the convention has grown to seven additional cities. It hosted its first international convention in London in 2016 and will set sail with a themed cruise in 2017.