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Mississippi film summit kicks off

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's lights, camera action for the Magnolia State as the spotlight focuses on what Mississippi has to offer.

"We hope that more projects come here and more projects get developed here," said Nina Parikh.

As the two day Mississippi Film Summit gets underway, folks like Nina Parikh with the Mississippi Film Office are working overtime.

"It was important for us to get the business community and filmmaking community together so that we can all move forward and make this industry thrive here," said Parikh.

The summit is designed to showcase Mississippi as a place that makes the cut in the film industry. With a full purpose 36,000 square foot sound stage in Canton and the legislature's recently passed incentive program, the state is now offering a higher rebate to attract film makers as well as expanding what type of films would qualify.

This puts Mississippi in a competitive position with surrounding states like Louisiana and Georgia.

"Mississippi is going to be at the forefront for this industry, for tourism and for the development of the creative economy," said Parikh.

During the summit, state industry leaders will discuss what advantages the state has to offer in terms of financing, technology and training and all of it to be marketed to potential film investments.

For Mississippi, the hope is long term investments.

"We know that filmmaking brings a lot of money to an area, but not only that it's a clean industry. There's a lot of intangibles to our industry," said Parikh.

With Mississippi serving as the backdrop for movies yet to be released as well older ones like "My Dog Skip" and "A Time to Kill," Parikh says it's time to keep the cameras rolling.

"Beyond our incentive being one of the best in the country, the locations here are beautiful, the communities all over Mississippi are incredibly supportive of filmmaking. They welcome filmmakers to town and we have a great reputation in Hollywood. No one can deny that and people want to be here," said Parikh.

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