Congratulations to Boston, which ranks #13 on Moviemaker Magazine‘s list of best American cities for movie makers in the film industry. The magazine compiles its annual list based on surveys, production spending, tax incentives, additional research, and personal visits, whenever possible. It also did surveys with film officials, discussions with filmmakers, independent research into cost of living and quality of life, and, whenever possible, visits to the cities and towns on this list.
The magazine cited the visual beauty of greater Boston, as well as the number of film festivals in Massachusetts and the number of academic programs for filmmakers at local colleges and universities.
Here is the Boston description from Moviemaker Magazine:
“Boston looks gorgeous on screen, as you can attest if you saw the big bridge fight scene in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. (Yes, we know MIT is in Cambridge, across the bridge from Boston.) The Marvel super sequel was just one of many recent projects to come to the Bay State, which offers a 25% production credit, 25% payroll credit and sales tax-exemption. Other recent major productions include the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Luca Guadagnini’s Challengers. Boston also has a vibrant festival scene, and the Nantucket Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival and Salem Film Festival are all a short distance away. Its thriving film programs include Boston University and Emerson College, which counts the Everything Everywhere All at Once directing duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert among its graduates. (We had the pleasure of watching the film at the AMC theater near Boston Common, packed with Emerson students cheering on The Daniels.) Also, we suspect that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon launching a new production company won’t be bad for the Boston film scene. Called Artists Equity, it has $100 million in initial investment, and given their track record we expect at least some of its projects will be set around their hometown.
The Massachusetts Film Office is the state agency dedicated to promoting the Commonwealth as a premier location for commercial, film and television production. in Boston, the Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment helps with the necessary permits to film in the City.
To learn more about visiting Massachusetts, go to VisitMA.com.