Film producers from all over the United States are looking to Michigan as a prime venue for their upcoming projects, thanks to 40% tax incentives introduced back in April. Securing the projects is just half the battle, however. The success or failure of this program lies within the communities of Michigan who must be able to provide goods and services, with an unparalleled level of expertise, teamwork and communication.

On Wednesday, November 5, a group of concerned individuals with ties to the film industry—known collectively as the Northern Michigan Film & Media Group—is hosting an informational discussion geared toward chambers of commerce, visitor bureaus, economic development organizations, businesses and individuals interested in learning more about the tax incentives and the potential they provide for Michigan. The session will be held at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant in Charlevoix. A social hour for networking will start at 5pm, with a formal round-table discussion and Q&A session starting at 7pm. 

Dianna Stampfler, President of Promote Michigan and a Board member of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance, will be the moderator for the evening’s discussion. Some California industry executives have been invited to participate in the session, including George Colburn, a historian and filmmaker, with offices in Petoskey, New Mexico and Washington DC, who will be a featured panelist for the evening.

“It is critical that Northern Michigan start immediately to establish itself by organizing collaborative coalitions of communities, businesses and individuals to showcase their inventory of assets,” Colburn said. “By working together, northern Michigan can soon earn a preferential position with the film industry, and everyone involved can profit from the designation.”

The Deets

When: Wednesday, November 5.

What: Social networking at 5pm; a formal round-table discussion and Q&A session at 7pm. 

Cost: Free to attend; special dinner deals for attendees arriving prior to 7 p.m.

Contact: For additional information about the November 5 event, contact 231-535-2227.

Stay the Night

As additional incentives for attendees, Stafford’s Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites is offering an exceptional deal on lodging: $39 for a standard room or $59 for a Lake Michigan Suite.  For room reservations and special rates, call 231-547-9955 and mention that you’re a film industry attendee.

Photo(s) by Photo courtesy of the Weathervane