CLEVELAND - There will be some glitz and glamour downtown, as The Cleveland Film Festival gets underway. Over the years, it's been an industry that continues to grow in Northeast Ohio and there's a plan for more films to be shot here.
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Ivan Schwarz said it’s all about expanding the possibilities, as he’s pushing legislation for a bigger tax credit, hoping to take our town from being known for manufacturing to movie making.
The would mean more Hollywood productions brought in and more vendors needed like hotels, food caterers, and local filmmakers.
But some independent filmmakers like Stephon J. Davis, whose company Serlo Media, is making socially conscious films said while there’s excitement around Cleveland’s booming film scene, there’s also a fear of being left in the dust.
“It’s tough now for the average local filmmaker to get their projects going because of the film commission or whoever they’re really trying to focus on the bigger projects.”
Davis has had films debut at the Cleveland International Film Festival in the past.
The legislation for the tax credit is making it’s way through the Ohio Statehouse right now.