Greater Philadelphia Film Office hosted a Film Rally on June 3rd, 2017 at the bottom of the Art Museum “Rocky Steps” to show to elected officials that Philadelphia’s film community is a robust network of hardworking people who are desperate for more work within Philadelphia. Philadelphia currently has a capped film tax credit of $60mil that’s shared with Pittsburgh, compared to NY’s $425mil allocation. It will be tough once that money is gone and films are forced to look to other states with better incentives. Without a competitive and dependable tax credit program, Philadelphia will see less and less productions being produced here and lose out on many job opportunities as thousands depend on this program.
I am a Senior, about to graduate from Temple University to pursue a career in filmmaking, so I am passionate about this and would love to see more films and tv shows being made here in Philly, in my backyard and be able to work in this industry. Films and tv are such a great medium to send important messages. Take for example the recently release of Wonder Woman and Rocky. Both iconic films. Both of which had a huge box office gross. Seeing is believing. Representation is everything. This film rally included many award winning directors, producers, actors and crew who’ve worked on large scale Blockbuster movies and small scale productions that were filmed in Philadelphia, such as Split, The Sixth Sense, Outsiders, Equity, Hack, Delco Proper, 12 Monkeys and many more.
Greater Philadelphia Film Office Staff. Pictured from left: Jenny Choi, Maura Reily, Molly Morris, Joan Bressler, Sharon Pinkenson, Nicole Shiner, Erin Morgan and Amira Smith