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GPP Regional Meeting – South Georgia Region

By March 3, 2018
February 28, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Valdosta State University - Student Union Theatre
1500 N Patterson St
Valdosta, GA 31698
Georgia Production Partnership Industry Relations

Georgia Production Partnership’s goal in hosting regional meetings around the state is to share the knowledge of how Georgia communities (outside of Atlanta) are attracting film productions to their cities.

February 28, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Valdosta State University
Student Union Theatre
1500 N. Patterson St.,
Valdosta, Georgia 31698


(Walk-up entry is available – Free to GPP Members, $10 for non-members.)

The meeting will feature Stratton Leopold, successful Hollywood Producer and Owner and Operator of Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah, GA. Stratton will be talking about the challenges and opportunities the film industry brings to Georgia. During his early career Stratton filled smaller behind-the-scenes roles like location manager (The Big Chill) and casting director (Wise Blood). In time he rose through the ranks and became a full-on producer and Vice President of Production at Paramount Pictures. His production career has been long and successful; his projects have included: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; The General’s Daughter; Mission: Impossible III; Captain America: The First Avenger. His latest project is a feature film of the true story of Charlie “Two Shoes” Tsui, from the book, Charlie Two Shoes and the Marines of Love Company.

Also on the panel will be Craig Dominey, Manager of the Camera Ready Georgia program, who’ll be sharing information about Georgia’s unique and successful “Camera Ready “program. This groundbreaking initiative was started in October 2010 to bring film and television production to communities across the state by offering production companies easier, faster and better access to county production resources and location information. Numerous Georgia counties have enjoyed the economic impact of film and television production through the Camera Ready program, including local hires, tourism, hotel stays and purchases of goods and services.
Currently, all 159 Georgia counties are Camera Ready certified by the Georgia Film Office.

The Executive Director of The Georgia Film Academy (GFA), Jeffrey Stepakoff, will also be a featured panelist. Jeffrey will talk about how the GFA is preparing our student workforce for entertainment jobs, in addition to educating local communities toward efficient practices to attract entertainment projects to their areas. The Georgia Film Academy is an example of forward-thinking infrastructure in our state – a collaborative effort of the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia supporting workforce needs of the film and digital entertainment industries. The academy certifies workforce ready employees in needed areas, connects students and prospective employees with employers, and offers a unique capstone experience for top students that will provide them a path to employment in Georgia.

Our panel discussion will be moderated by Georgia Production Partnership’s Chair of Industry & Community Relations, Malenka Warner.

The primary audience for GPP’s South Georgia regional meeting is the regional economic development professionals and city and county leaders from 57 South Georgia counties. Students are also invited to gain a better understanding of the opportunities their studies in established South Georgia and Coastal Georgia film educational programs will give them in allowing them to live and work right here in Georgia.


Parking Deck is directly across the street from the Student Union Theatre at the corner of Baytree & Oak St.


Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton
2 Meeting Place, Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: 229-241-1234

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The Third-Annual South Georgia Film Festival will be taking place March 1, 2, & 3 in Valdosta on the campus of Valdosta State University. Featuring features, shorts, college and high school films, the festival strives to showcase the art and industry of filmmaking across the Southeast. Along with screening over 80 films, the festival features workshops with filmmakers and media professionals. The Opening Night Kickoff is taking place at the newly opened Georgia Beer Company – with access for pass holders as well as individual tickets for the event. All Access VIP Pass holders will also receive a ticket to the GPP South Region meeting on Feb. 28 and an invite to the VIP reception that night at Turner Center for the Arts. For more information on tickets and schedules, visit SouthGeorgiaFilm.com

GPP Members can get 25% off both the All Access VIP Pass ($100 / $75) and the Film Festival Pass ($40 / $30) until Feb. 18. Use the code: GPPSouth2019