TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)--Officials are gearing up for this year's film festival that attracts hundreds of people to the area and hopefully draws new movie makers.
Pat Rasberry spends her days promoting the area to film makers all over the world. Right now she's knee deep in this years film festival.
"Festivals are a tool," said Rasberry. "They are a networking opportunity and they are a way to get to other surrounding areas where incentives might not be so good," Rasberry added.
Several short films and television programs have been shot in north Mississippi over the past years. Raspberry said she hopes the incentives the state offers will attract bigger-budget films in the future.
"We probably have one the best incentive programs in the country," said Rasberry. "In Mississippi, we have a minimum of $50,000 that you spend when you are doing a production. They get a cash rebate not a tax credit. That is extremely appealing to production companies," said Rasberry.
Tom Booth with the Tupelo Community Theater said while the movie makers create local jobs and generate revenue, they also provides exposure to local citizens throughout the area.
"I constantly get request from directors and producers -from all over the country -looking for actors and it gives our people exposure that they wouldn't get otherwise unless they went to New York or LA," said Booth.
Who knows Rasberry said, you could see Tupelo in the ending credits of the next big feature film.