SC film industry may be ready for its close-up, with prospects of more funding, projects

By David Wren

South Carolina’s movie-making industry is, almost, ready for its closeup.

Proposed legislation making its way through both chambers of the General Assembly would give the state Film Commission a much larger pot of money to lure productions to the state.

The House version would boost the incentive pool from its current $10 million per year to $30 million to producers of movies and TV shows. A Senate bill would cap the amount at $40 million.

The House Ways and Means Committee last week gave its bill a favorable report and sent it to the floor for consideration. The other legislation still resides with the Senate finance committee, which will adopt its 2023-24 spending proposal this week.