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In 2016, the motion picture industry contributed $52 million to the local economy. That figured doubled over previous years.
Actor Zac Efron walks down Mainstrasse in Covington, Kentucky, during a film shoot for the Ted Bundy biopic "Extremely Wicked, Shocking and Vile."

Basking in Oscars afterglow, here's why Hollywood keeps coming back to Greater Cincinnati

Crews may be busy cleaning up confetti at the Dolby Theatre after Sunday night's Oscars, but you can count on the party continuing in Cincinnati all year long.

The Queen City has become quite the location to shoot a film. In 2016, the motion picture industry contributed $52 million to the local economy, doubling the previous two years' total.

"Hollywood is coming to Ohio!" Bryant Bentley said. 

He's a Dayton, Ohio, actor with a sizable role in "The Public" who said he doesn't need to live in California to make a living.

"I think Cincinnati has put itself on the map. I believe that's why all these films are coming here because they see good reports from directors and staff that are coming from LA and the scouts that are coming from around the country. They know it's a special place in Cincinnati," Bentley said.

Cincinnati-based actor Michael Douglas Hall has participated in four films in the last four years here and says Cincinnati is unquestionably a movie town.

"It's the talent. It's not just the actors. It's the crew. It's the people who make the thing happen. We've had that for decades, and it's about time people recognized it," Hall said.

According to Film Cincinnati, when George Clooney shot "The Ides of March" here seven years ago, 20 local people had instrumental roles on that films. Now, they say films average well over 150 people. 

More than 50 of those Cincinnatians traveled to southern California, a month ago as "The Public" debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. They used it as a chance to show Hollywood what Cincinnati has to offer.

World-class chef Jean Robert de Cavel set up shop in the "Cincinnati house" high in the hills, chopping, boiling and showcasing his cooking.

"I'm very proud to be part of the Cincinnati delegation to be part of this movie festival," de Cavel said.

Movie industry bigwigs gathered at the home during the festival to see just some of what Cincinnati has to offer.

"When Jean Robert agrees to come with us, it shows the rest of the world that we do have world-renowned caliber chefs in our town. That we do have a great artists and marketing representatives. So that poeple joining us just makes Cincinnati that much bigger and that much more talented," said Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. "What better way to have brand activation then taking Cincinnati to these film festivals so we can then celebrate the film, answer questions about filmmaking in Cincinnati and we're there to represent and show them the support and collective resources we have for filmmaking."

Ohio has a motion picture tax credit, which incentivizes filmmakers to shoot here. Film Cincinnati says the state received a return on investment of 88 percent for Cincinnati-based productions and that 557 full-time jobs were created in 2016 alone.

A new bill before the Ohio General Assembly would more than double the state's Motion Picture Tax Credit and would make some Broadway shows eligible for the benefit.

Currently at $40 million year, the credit would increase to $100 million annually under House Bill 525, Schlotman said.

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