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VPA – Legislative Update – Film Incentives

Legislative Update 2022 General Assembly Status Update: We wanted to give you an update on Film Incentives and Budgeting during the 2022 Session of the General Assembly stands. Increased support for film in Virginia is back in the final budget with an increase of $2 million in the biennial budget for the Governor’s Motion Picture… Read more »

Statewide – Potential Scam/Phishing – ‘Only in the Moonlight’

Several crew members have made the Virginia Film Office and Virginia Production Alliance aware of a potential scam in which ‘producers’ for a production entitled “Only in the Moonlight” reached out via email offering above-industry wages in several parts of the state, asking for personal information to set up payment, and are implying that they… Read more »

VPA: Film Industry Support Information

From the Virginia Production Alliance: Please see the attached link from the Washington Post, published this past Sunday by Beau Cribbs. It encourages Virginia legislators to support increases in film incentives. See the link to the article here.  Below the link, we are providing contact information to key members in the House of Delegates Finance Committee and… Read more »

VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE ANNOUNCES 2021 VIRGINIA SCREENWRITING COMPETITION WINNERS

  VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE ANNOUNCES 2021 VIRGINIA SCREENWRITING COMPETITION WINNERS ~Winners are from Roanoke, Richmond, and Falls Church ~ RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Film Office has announced the three winners of the 2021 Virginia Screenwriting Competition, an annual event founded in 1989 as a way to promote Virginia’s in-state talent and give exposure to… Read more »

Governor Northam Announces Production of ‘Raymond and Ray’ in Virginia

Original release here. RICHMOND—The Governor today announced that the feature film Raymond and Ray, from Apple Original Films, will shoot in Central Virginia this fall. The film stars Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset, Boyhood) and Ewan McGregor (Halston, Fargo).   Raymond and Ray tells the story of half-brothers who have lived in the shadow of a difficult father.… Read more »

ALL – TV premiere of ‘The Art of Willie Crockett & Virginia’s Eastern Shore’ docu from VA filmmaker – Aug 1 – Free

New documentary The Art of Willie Crockett and Virginia’s Eastern Shore  from Virginia filmmaker Dave Miller airs August 1 on MPT The Art of Willie Crockett and Virginia’s Eastern Shore, a new documentary about one of the Chesapeake Bay region’s most celebrated artists, will have its TV premiere on Maryland Public Television (MPT) at 4:30… Read more »

Governor Northam Announces Production of Feature Film “Tapawingo” in Virginia

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Foggy Bottom Pictures feature film Tapawingo will shoot in locations across Central Virginia this summer. The coming-of-age comedy starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) and Billy Zane (Titanic, Curfew) will film in Hopewell with additional locations in Petersburg and Richmond. Tapawingo tells the story of a listless oddball who… Read more »

Governor Northam Welcomes Filming of New Hulu Limited Series ‘Dopesick’ to Virginia

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Dopesick, the upcoming Hulu eight-episode limited series, will film in Central Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley, and the Roanoke regions, including Clifton Forge, this winter and is anticipated to continue through the spring. Developed by writer and executive producer Danny Strong, Dopesick is inspired by the bestselling book “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the… Read more »

Important Updates to REBUILD VA Covid-19 Grant Program – Eligibility Expanded & Funding Increased

If you are a small business, non-profit, or sole proprietor affected by COVID-19, please take a minute to review the below info to see if you are now eligible for grant assistance, or now eligible for more funds even if you were approved and received assistance from this program already. Governor Northam’s grant program REBUILD… Read more »

Governor Northam Announces $70 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

**Film/production companies, sole proprietors, and independent contractors in the industry that meet additional listed criteria can qualify for this program. Please see below.** Governor Ralph Northam today announced $70 million for small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be made available through Rebuild VA, a… Read more »

Notice Regarding Production in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia is currently open to all safe, responsible production, following the suggested best health and safety practices set forth by the Virginia Department of Health, and Governor Northam’s Guidelines for All Business Sectors. The Virginia Film Office places the highest priority on the health and safety of our film community members.  As localities continue to enact measures toward… Read more »

VIRGINIA PRODUCTION ALLIANCE COVID-19: Relief Options for Small Businesses and Freelancers (Free Live Webinar) 

VIRGINIA PRODUCTION ALLIANCE COVID-19: Relief Options for Small Businesses and Freelancers (LIVE Webinar)  FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 — 12 PM (NOON) LOCATION:  ZOOM WEBINAR This live, 1-hour session will be presented by Timm Johnson, Director of the George Mason University Small Business Development Center. He will share valuable information on relief options and resources available to business owners impacted by COVID-19.  As director of… Read more »

Statewide – COVID19 Resources for Industry from the Virginia Production Alliance

The Virginia Production Alliance is well aware of the situation that the coronavirus has brought to our livelihoods. We have collected resources from our allies at the Virginia Film Office, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, Virginia Chamber, and Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association that may help you through this time. Unemployment Filing information: An unemployment insurance claim is filed against the state or… Read more »

A Letter to Our Virginia Film Community

Dear Friends, As we know, our industry is made up largely of smaller companies and both creative and technical freelancers, making it very fragile in this public health crisis. This necessary lockdown has resulted in the cancellation of production activity across Virginia. This unprecedented time in history will test us all; financially, emotionally and socially.… Read more »

RICHMOND NAMED TO MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE’S 2020 BEST PLACES TO LIVE AND WORK AS A MOVIEMAKER

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Film Office today announced that Richmond has been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2020, ranking fifth out of ten smaller city and town finalists.  MovieMaker determined the winners using surveys, editorial research on tax incentives and recent productions, and personal… Read more »

Virginia-filmed “Santa Girl” premieres on Netflix – streaming now!

Virginia Film “Santa Girl” premieres on Netflix!   “Santa Girl” is now available on Netflix. The movie, which was co-created by Shenandoah University students and staff through a partnership with Capital Arts Entertainment, started streaming on Netflix on Nov. 1. The movie tells the story of how Santa Claus’ only daughter, Cassie Claus, goes off… Read more »

VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE ANNOUNCES 2019 VIRGINIA SCREENWRITING COMPETITION WINNERS

  VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE ANNOUNCES 2019 VIRGINIA SCREENWRITING COMPETITION WINNERS ~Winners are from Manassas, Charlottesville, and Sterling~   RICHMOND, VA — The Virginia Film Office has announced the three winners of the 2019 Virginia Screenwriting Competition, an annual event founded in 1989 as a way to promote Virginia’s in-state talent and give exposure to aspiring… Read more »

Virginia Screenwriting Competition Deadline is May 27!

VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE ANNOUNCES  31st ANNUAL VIRGINIA SCREENWRITING COMPETITION The Virginia Film Office’s  2019 Virginia Screenwriting Competition is now open for submissions.  The film office established the competition, now in its 31st year, to provide Virginia screenwriters with a forum for their work and an opportunity to present their scripts to professionals in the motion… Read more »

Governor Northam Announces New Limited Series “The Good Lord Bird” from Blumhouse Television and SHOWTIME® to Film in Virginia

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the upcoming limited series The Good Lord Bird will film in Virginia this summer. The new SHOWTIME® limited series, produced by Blumhouse Television, is based on the National Book Award-winning novel, by the same name, from bestselling author James McBride. Oscar®, Golden Globe® and Tony® nominee Ethan Hawke will star as 19th-century abolitionist John… Read more »

Virginia Screenwriting Competition Accepting Submissions

VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE ANNOUNCES  31st ANNUAL VIRGINIA SCREENWRITING COMPETITION The Virginia Film Office’s  2019 Virginia Screenwriting Competition is now open for submissions.  The film office established the competition, now in its 31st year, to provide Virginia screenwriters with a forum for their work and an opportunity to present their scripts to professionals in the motion… Read more »

Governor Northam Announces Production of Feature Film “Harriet” in Virginia

RICHMOND—Governor Northam announced today that the Focus Features production, Harriet, will film in Central Virginia this fall. It will be the first feature-length film to tell the story of heroic abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. Harriet is set to star Tony Award®-winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Tony Award®-winner and Grammy Award®-winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton). Gregory Allen Howard… Read more »

DC – Television Producer – May – Paid

WETA, DC’s public broadcasting station, is seeking a Television Producer. This individual will write, produce and direct local programs and special projects focusing on activities and interests in the WETA-TV viewing area. Working closely with other members of the local production team, including associate producers and production assistants, to manage and plan production and to… Read more »

Fairfax – Capital Film Market & NOVA International Film Festival – April 12-13 – Fees Vary

FAIRFAX, VA CAPITAL FILM MARKET Attention all filmmakers, actors, producers, & industry professionals!!   The Capital Film Market, in conjunction with the Northern VA International Film Festival is proud to present an exclusive seminar &; discussion with Batman Executive Producer, Michael Uslan, Marc Clebanoff (Odyssey Motion Pictures), Jason Brubaker (Distribber), & Phil Gorn (Wonderphil Wntertainment) on April… Read more »

THE VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE ANNOUNCES 30th ANNUAL VIRGINIA SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Film Office today announced that the 2018 Virginia Screenwriting Competition will accept screenplay submissions beginning April 13th, 2018.  The film office established the competition, now in its 30th year, to provide Virginia screenwriters with a forum for their work and an opportunity to present their scripts to professionals in the… Read more »