Philly is 15th on list of best cities for filmmakers

MovieMaker is out with its list of the 25 best places to live if you're an independent filmmaker.

Philly came in at #15, down from #5 on the 2008 list.

Chicago and Atlanta occupy the 2009 top spots; they were not even on the '08 list. New York rose a notch, edging in atop Shreveport, La., and Albuquerque, N.M.

Moviemaker says it worked out a formula and factored in such variables as cost of living, average salary, unemployment rate, job growth, median home price and crime rate. Next, it added in the number of film schools, festivals, movie-related vendors and local movie theaters, and factored in the production scene. It gave extra credit to cities doing something unique, such as special “green” efforts. Then came the tax incentives. 


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