Film Industry Grants

North Carolina, a world-renowned film-friendly state, offers rebates up to 25% on qualified production expenses. Film makers also enjoy minimal permitting and access to experienced hands to assist the production of their film, television, or commercial project.

The N.C. Film Office helps expedite production schedules, serving as a liaison with public and private interests to secure locations and services for production. Working with regional film commissions, the state Film Office helps cut through the red tape on state, county and local levels. 

In addition to financial support funded by the state's Film and Entertainment Grant, the Film Office handles all aspects of production including assisting companies and productions with set up in North Carolina, successfully negotiating and problem solving issues that arise during the making of film, and leveraging the success of completed and distributed projects as an activation tool in promoting North Carolina film and tourism. 

North Carolina boasts a workforce of more than 4,000 film professionals and thousands of quality film locations. Film industry professionals can register and search for crew members or support services with the N.C. Film Directory, or locations with the N.C. Location Search

The Film Office is a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. For more information on North Carolina’s ever-growing film industry, incentives and advantages of bringing your project to the state, and North Carolina's latest productions, visit the official site of the N.C. Film Office.

Film and Entertainment Grant Program

Through the North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant, North Carolina offers a rebate of up to 25% on qualified expenses and purchases made by productions while filming in the state. To qualify, a television series must average a minimum in-state spend of $1 million per episode, while a feature-length film must spend at least $3 million, made-for-television movies must spend at least $1 million, and a commercial production must have a minimum spend of at least $250,000. Grant awards shall not exceed $12 million per season for a television series, $7 million for a feature-length film (including made-for-television movies), and $250,000 for commercials.

More information on the grant program can be found on the NC Film Office website.

To apply for the Film and Entertainment Grant, productions should:

  • Download and familiarize themselves with the program's enabling statute and recent changes (PDF)
  • Download and familiarize themselves with the program guidelines (PDF) - revised June 14, 2018
  • Complete the NC Film Office's Intent to Film Notification Form
  • Complete the formal Film and Entertainment Grant Application, which the NC Film Office will send to each applicant after reviewing your completed “Intent” form and verifying your production is eligible

The North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant is funded at $31 million each fiscal year (July 1-June 30).  The funding is designated recurring and has no sunset date.  Any remaining/unused funds do roll over from fiscal year to fiscal year.

Contact the N.C. Film Office at 919-447-7800 or guy@filmnc.com.