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South Carolina trying to revive film industry

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

It's been 15 years since a film has been shot in Beaufort County, a place once known as the film capital of the south.

On Thursday at the 7th annual Beaufort Film Festival, supporters of two bills currently being passed through the State House of Representatives and the Senate wanted to make sure South Carolinians were aware of the bills. They can bring film makers back to the state.

According to Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce, the legislation will increase wage rebates from 15 percent to 25 percent, and supplier rebates from 15 percent to 30 percent. The rebates are only for motion picture production companies that spend more than $1 million in the state.

Supporters of the bills said this will help the state, especially in the job market.

"In North Carolina in 2011, 11,000 jobs were created by the film industry. In the state of Georgia, 22,000 jobs," said Robb Wells, Beaufort Chamber of Commerce Tourism Division Executive. "In the state of South Carolina, 2,000. Now this is a job creator and a great economic driver to the state."

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