It’s simple: Because Louisiana has become a bona fide filmmaker’s paradise. Since 2006, our state has hosted more than 300 film and television productions — major and indie features, TV series, documentaries and more. In fact, only California and New York currently turn out more film and TV projects than the Bayou State. And it all starts with the best incentives in the business.

Louisiana’s unique tax incentive package was created in 2002 to lead the nation—and with more than 150 applications received in 2011 alone, the surge is showing no signs of stopping. Our production-friendly infrastructure features diverse locations from bayou to big city; state-of-the-art soundstages and post-production houses; and a skilled crew base that has grown by more than 400 percent since 2002. No matter where you shoot, you’ll experience Louisiana’s legendary culture and the inimitable joie de vivre of our fun-loving, supportive citizens.

Louisiana-produced films regularly premiere from Slamdance to Sundance to Hollywood, and they’re no strangers to the Academy Awards. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, shot in various locations across Southeast Louisiana, grabbed 13 Oscar nominations and three wins in 2009. And the same approach to innovative tax credits, workforce training and other economic development programs that drives our Film program extends to three additional entertainment industry sectors: sound recording, interactive and live performance.