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URGENT: Save Ohio Film Jobs

The Ohio House has proposed ending the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit as a means to help fund a reduction in state income taxes. The Greater Cleveland Film Commission is reaching out to our state officials to strongly urge them to reconsider eliminating the tax credit and we ask our supporters to do the same....

Russo Brothers hoping to bring ‘Cherry’ to CLE

Before last weekend’s record-shattering box office opening with Avenger: Endgame, Cleveland-native Anthony Russo (of the directing duo the Russo Brothers), talked with Michael Sangiacomo at The Plain Dealer about Endgame, and the next movie that he and brother Joe Russo want to bring to Cleveland, Cherry. ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE.  The Russos also talked out Cherry and their wishes...

Help us advocate for the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit

As we continue to advocate for the expansion of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, we still need your help in encouraging our State lawmakers to pass this important legislation.  The current legislation offers a tax incentive for movies, television, web series and gaming and we would like to add touring Broadway productions that: are...

GCFC Partner Spotlight: Playhouse Square

  Gina Vernaci, President & COO of Playhouse Square, sees great synergy between the film and theater industries, “First and foremost, we are both telling stories. But beyond that, the skills needed overlap. Both industries must have actors, of course, but also carpenters, electricians, make-up artists, hair and wig stylists, plus costume, lighting, set and...

‘Native Son’ Premiere on HBO

Native Son, which filmed in Northeast Ohio last year, will premiere on HBO on April 6th at 10:00 pm! Native Son was chosen as one of the films which opened the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and will premiere on HBO on Saturday, April 6th at 10:00 pm. Directed by Rashid Johnson, written by Suzan-Lori Parks, and...

And Action! Edge Magazine Feature

Ohio’s increasing film tax credit key to a sustainable state film industry By Alex Semerano Partner, Director-CFO Services Pease & Associates, LLC The filming of The Avengers brought movie making to the spotlight on the corner of East 9th and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland in 2011. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson offered a...

Northeast Ohio film industry readies for its closeup

Crain’s Cleveland Business has been following the Cleveland Film industry closely, sitting down with GCFC President & CEO Ivan Schwarz at the beginning of the year to discuss increasing the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit and what the proposed increase to $100 million will mean for Northeast Ohio. The recent conversation with Robbie Chernow of...

43rd CIFF Features Local Films & Filmmakers

The 43rd Annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) will showcase the talent of many local films and filmmakers this year! Every year, CIFF showcases the best of local filmmakers in addition to those from across the country, and around the world.  The festival is featuring many local shorts and films made about Ohio, filmed in...

‘I See You’ Premiere at CIFF

I See You will have its Cleveland premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)! The thriller filmed in Cleveland last summer, just one of many films and TV shows that used Northeast Ohio as their film set last year. With a production of over 100 cast and crew members, 60 were local crew, 50 were...

Ivan Schwarz: Building an Industry

GCFC President & CEO Ivan Schwarz was a guest speaker at the recent CreativeMornings Cleveland talk hosted by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts. CreativeMornings Cleveland started off their 2019 series by thinking about the SURREAL, the bizarre, and the extraordinary; what better way to start this series than by talking...