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Film industry in jeopardy of losing tax credits during legislative session

A new survey released Monday shows more than 14 percent of people who visit Louisiana say they came after seeing the state featured in a movie. (Source: WAFB) A new survey released Monday shows more than 14 percent of people who visit Louisiana say they came after seeing the state featured in a movie. (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The film industry is in jeopardy of losing funding this legislative session. Lawmakers are looking at trimming tax credits the state gives movie makers who do business in Louisiana.

Some officials don't think it will shut down Hollywood South, but film industry experts say "not so fast."

A new survey released Monday shows more than 14 percent of people who visit Louisiana say they came after seeing the state featured in a movie. 

Industry leaders say the tax credits keep movie producers from drifting to one of the other 40 states that also offer incentives.

"Our industry is on the move, this is how we capture that portion and bring it to Louisiana," said President of Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association Will French. "The tax incentives increase the amount of production volume in the state."

French adds, regulations have been put in place in the last few years to help prevent people from defrauding film tax credits. He says the incentives are tracked from the application process to the movie screen.

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