Alabama Film Office

Alabama’s largest city wants to play host to more movies, and a new film office is trying to lure movie productions to the area.

Al.com reports Film Birmingham is now officially open for business after operating behind the scenes for more than a year. The office is an initiative started by Create Birmingham, who are also planning to launch a website targeting the film industry.

Film Birmingham officials say that instead of focusing on big-budget movies like the city of Atlanta does, they will be more focused on recruiting small- to mid-sized productions to the Magic City.

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TV, movie and video productions in Alabama increased in 2012.

The Alabama Film Office reports 31 projects were done in the state, and the production companies spent $33.5 million. That's up from $22 million in 2011. The secretary of the state Department of Commerce, Greg Canfield, said those productions provided more than 3,000 jobs.

Alabama offers rebates to production companies that choose the state, and those rebates totaled $9.5 million in 2012.