In the last decade, Louisiana has nurtured a blossoming film industry. Cost-effective skilled workforce, new infrastructure, diverse locations, and a long-term commitment to the country’s most aggressive film and entertainment tax incentives have seen the number of Louisiana productions skyrocket in the last 10 years. In 2013, Louisiana was the top location for major motion picture film production in the world and ranked 3rd for overall productions. Since the tax credits were first implemented, the combined annual budgets of all productions that filmed in Louisiana has grown from $20 million in 2002 to over $2 billion in 2011, with 151 productions filing for tax credits in the state. Over 15,000 jobs are supported by Louisiana’s film industry, and that number is constantly growing. The employment growth rate of the state’s film industry has greatly outpaced the national average as well, hitting an annual growth rate of nearly 22% from 2001-2007, compared with the national average of about 2%. Since 2006, over 300 films have been shot in Louisiana by major film studios such as Warner Bros, Paramount, Universal, Sony and 20th Century Fox. Louisiana has been host to nearly every genre of filmmaking and television production. These include action, comedy, drama, horror and fantasy. Some of these films, such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Monster’s Ball and most recently 12 Years a Slave are Oscar winners.