Local filmmakers, distributors and exhibitors believe the talent and infrastructure are in place to put Kansas City on the map as a player in the industry. However, the question on everyoneâ€™s mind is whether their passion and determination can overcome the uneven playing field created by a lack of tax incentives in both Kansas and Missouri. Kansas ended its incentive program at the end of 2012, and Missouriâ€™s program will expire Saturday.
For example, â€œChristmas in Conway,â€ the seasonal Hallmark Hall of Fame that ABC will broadcast this Sunday, was shot in Wilmington, N.C.
â€œAll movie producers look for ways to reduce costs,â€ said Brad Moore, the president of Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions in Kansas City. â€œItâ€™s an expensive business, and any time there are significant opportunities to offset or cut expenses, producers must pursue them â€” even moreso in the current economic environment than in the past. Itâ€™s no secret that one important way to do this is to produce films where significant financial incentives are available.â€
For more on filming in North Carolina and Wilmington in particular, follow WilmywoodNC.com, a town that saw $113 million dollars in production spending in 2011.