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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As the General Assembly heads back to session next month, supporters of North Carolina’s film industry hope to make a statement with a rally supporting the state’s tax incentives for TV and movie projects.

The North Carolina Production Alliance and Wilmington Regional Film Commission will host the 2nd Annual NC Film Rally on Sunday, May 4 at 5 p.m. at the bottom of Market St. on the Wilmington Riverwalk. Organizers say the event is to help raise awareness for the vitality of film jobs.

“The rally is just the beginning of what we hope is a very successful legislative session,” the Production Alliance said in a statement. “So many local families depend upon film for steady work, and this is a great opportunity to show the community that we value their support and recognize the hundreds of folks who want to get more involved.”

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo and other state and local leaders, as well as special guests from the entertainment industry are expected to speak.

The state’s tax incentives for film are set to expire soon if legislators do not extend them.

Earlier this spring a study commissioned by film commissions across the state showed the loss of the film incentives in North Carolina would have a negative impact on the state’s economy. But the validity of that study was soon called into question by a non-partisan legislative staff report requested by Rep. Rick Catlin, a New Hanover County Republican. The report questioned the methodology used in the film commission study and says North Carolina loses money on the incentive program.

Last year, thousands of people rallied in Wilmington on short notice to show their support for the film industry in the Port City and across the state.

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