Film and Media
Columbus/Muscogee County was one of the first cities that the Georgia Film Commission certified as 'Camera Ready' - a plus for production companies looking at destinations to make a movie. In fact, there have been several major movie scenes shot in Columbus over the years including "Need for Speed," "We Were Soldiers," and "The Fighting Temptations."
Recently, the Columbus Region has been garnering attention for film production. In 2016, a company called Fun Academy Motion Pictures began laying the groundwork to become a major player in the animated motion-picture industry, with plans to launch an animation studio locally over the next couple of years. Already, Fun Academy and its founder, executive producer Richard Lanni, are working on the company's first animated film to be released in 2018, called "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero," with expectations that it will be the first of many such movies in the coming years.
The region is also home to a number of conferences, events and festivals that are helping fuel our growth in the creative economy. One such event is Creative South, a 4-day conference held each April, which brings together hundreds of the most talented graphic designers, hand letterers, developers, photographers and digital artists from across the globe. The Way Down Film Festival, which started in 2016 showcasing short films and celebrating the most innovative voices in narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental categories, is another major driver of imagination and inspiration for burgeoning film producers from around the world.