Film Permits, Tax Incentives, SAG & Union Information

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Film Permits

The Georgia Film Office does not issue filming permits—this is done at the municipal level in Georgia. Some entities require permits to shoot on private property and some do not. To inquire about rules, restrictions, and permitting for your desired location, contact the county Camera Ready Liaisons or call the appropriate municipality or agency.

Follow the link for a list of municipalities and agencies that require film permits or have posted filming guidelines (scroll to the bottom for state/federal permits)

https://www.georgia.org/industries/film-entertainment/georgia-film-tv-production/permits

Camera Ready Georgia

Here is a list of Camera Ready County Liaisons and 600+ camera ready locations. We encourage you to contact the Camera Ready liaison in the county where you are considering filming.

https://cameraready.georgia.org/film/

Finding Locations

DeKalb Entertainment Commission

The DeKalb Entertainment Commission offers businesses in Georgia’s fast-growing entertainment industry access to a collaborative, supportive infrastructure which stimulates the growth and success of creative ventures in film, television, music and digital entertainment.

https://dekalbentertainment.com/film-locations/

Georgia Film Office

For over 40 years, the Georgia Film Office has been engaged in bringing film and television production to Georgia. The office maintains a locations database of thousands of properties, and provides scouting assistance as well as certifying projects for the tax incentive. With its temperate climate, great variety of locations, the world’s busiest airport, large crew base and pro-business focus, Georgia is now a leading destination in the world for filming.

http://bit.ly/GAreelscout

Tax Incentives

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) certifies projects that meet the qualifications for the Film Tax Incentive. The Georgia Department of Revenue (GDOR) oversees the earning and claiming of the credits. Eligible projects include: feature films; television films, pilots or series; televised specials; televised commercials; and music videos that are distributed outside of Georgia. The $500,000 annual minimum expenditure threshold can be met with one project or the total of multiple projects aggregated in a single tax year. Only production companies are eligible to apply. Production companies do not have to be incorporated or headquartered in Georgia or hold a Georgia bank account to qualify for the tax credit.

Find the full information here: https://www.georgia.org/industries/film-entertainment/georgia-film-tv-production/production-incentives

Highlights of the Program

  • 20 percent base transferable tax credit

  • 10 percent Georgia Entertainment Promotion (GEP) uplift can be earned by including an embedded Georgia logo on approved projects and a link to ExploreGeorgia.org/Film on the project's landing page

  • Both resident and non-resident workers’ payrolls and FICA, SUI, FUI qualify

  • Production expenditures must be made in Georgia from a Georgia vendor to qualify

  • No limits or caps on Georgia spend. No sunset clause

  • No salary cap on individuals paid by 1099, personal service contract or loanout

  • Payments made to a loanout company will require 6 percent Georgia income tax withholding

  • Post production of Georgia-filmed movies and television projects qualifies if post done in Georgia

  • Development costs, promotion, marketing, story rights and most fees do not qualify

SAG-AFTRA Contracts & Industry Resources

Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is an American labor union representing approximately 160,000 film and television actors, journalists, radio personalities, recording artists, singers, voice actors, and other media professionals worldwide.

https://www.sagaftra.org/contracts-industry-resources

SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Chapter

The SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local services members working in Georgia and South Carolina. Find out about local productions, Casting Directors, and other local news.

https://www.sagaftra.org/atlanta

SAGindie

SAGindie promotes the working relationship between professional actors and passionate independent filmmakers. Since its formation in 1997, SAGindie has been traveling to film festivals, trade shows, and conventions spreading the word: Just because your film isn’t produced by a studio doesn’t mean you can’t use professional talent. As a free resource, SAGindie offers filmmakers clarity and kinship by guiding them through the SAG-AFTRA signatory process, making it even easier to hire professional actors, regardless of budget.

https://www.sagindie.org/

Local & National Unions

This is a partial list of the union organizations involved with collective bargaining for the film and television industry. There are links to the union official pages where you will find more information about membership requirements, issues they support, and information about how to join.

These unions can be broken down into two groups: Above the Line (individuals involved with creative side: actors, producers, directors) and Below the Line (individuals who perform the physical production of a given film including editing)

IATSE Local 479 http://iatse479.org/

IATSE Local 600 - International Cinematographers Guild https://www.icg600.com/

Teamsters Local 728 http://www.teamsterslocal728.org/

IATSE Local 700 - Motion Picture Editors Guild  https://www.editorsguild.com/

Directors Guild of America (D.G.A) https://www.dga.org/

Producers Guild of America (P.G.A) https://www.producersguild.org

Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) https://www.sagaftra.org/

Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) https://www.wga.org/

Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) https://www.wgaeast.org