Over the past 20 years, Louisiana has become ground zero for film production. The main reason is tax incentives that were passed in 2002 aimed at attracting film and TV companies. Louisiana's filming industry has grown by leaps and bounds with a vast and experienced crew base of location managers, grips, gaffers, set designers, carpenters, and many more.

There are also several film and production companies in Louisiana developing industry workers and the next generation of filmmakers. The enormous growth in the film industry has earned the state the nickname "Hollywood South" or "Hollywood on the Bayou." Speaking of which, did you know that several movies and a TV series were filmed in Lake Charles, LA? Check it out:

"The Drowning Pool" - Directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

"The Beyond" - Directed by Lucio Fulci starring Catriona MacColl and David Warbeck

"Passion Fish" - Directed by John Sayles Starring: Alfre Woodard and David Strathairn

The Food Network turned Nexflix reality TV series, "Good Eats" with Alton Brown.

Pretty cool right? If you are interested in movie production, props, sets and more be sure to check out the 12th Annual Lake Charles Film Festival. This is an annual event to attract the best of independent film and video producers to the area. Also, to highlight the achievement of the SWLA filmmakers and writers behind the projects with the "Scallywag" Trophy.

This local event will occur on October 6th and 7th at the Holiday Inn & Suites (2940 Lake Street.) The festival screenings will take place Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a $5 admission and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a $10 admission. An awards presentation will be given immediately after. For more info follow the festival's Facebook Page.

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