The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is an incredibly valuable resource for Philadelphia’s creative economy. It was my pleasure to work with GPFO throughout my tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia. By bringing hundreds of productions into the City and region, GPFO has been able to provide jobs for highly skilled workers and support numerous businesses, which directly feeds back to the local economy.
Through job creation, tax revenue, direct and indirect spending, the film industry was able to have an economic impact of $3.5 billion while I was in office, and nearly $6 billion since GPFO’s inception. Dozens of industries, like hospitality, tourism, lumber, and more, have all benefitted from film productions, proving the power that film can have in Philadelphia. None of this would be possible without the tireless work of GPFO and its staff.
GPFO has been hard hit by the COVID-19 epidemic, in the same way as many other business sectors in the city. After a significant loss of funding and cancelled events, GPFO has created this fundraising campaign to keep its doors open and services available to all filmmakers. GPFO is instrumental in bringing productions into the city by making it simple for any project to shoot here. In addition, it provides professional and educational opportunities to filmmakers of all experience levels. Without the support of individual donors, GPFO will not be able to continue to provide these valuable services.
A huge portion of Philadelphia’s creative economy is on the line, along with all of the industries it impacts. I ask you to join me in supporting the work of GPFO. Together, we can help them retain staff, serve our local filmmakers, and showcase Philadelphia to the world for years to come.