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Film and television production is on the rise in Northwest Arkansas.

Written by Sara Nahas, Founder of the Directory Northwest Arkansas

Every day filmmakers from both inside and outside Arkansas are choosing to produce world-class content here in our diverse and production friendly state.  Gorgeous locations, sound stages, first-rate equipment rental, generous tax incentives, and more, beckon creators to create here. To keep up with the demand and make filmmakers worldwide aware of all that NWA has to offer, we have compiled the Northwest Arkansas Film and Television Production Resource Directory (aka the Directory), the most comprehensive and functional directory of its kind. From cameras and crew, to hardware and hotels, the Directory is the filmmaker’s go to resource when setting up production in NWA.

After 20+ years working in film and TV production in NYC I relocated to Bentonville. I had heard that NWA has an up and coming film community. I started looking into exactly what resources are available. I compiled a list for myself, and soon discovered that NWA really has everything needed to produce anything from web content to broadcast television, to theatrical releases. As I met and spoke with various professionals in the industry, I shared that I was keeping what had grown into a healthy database with 1000 entries. There was immediate interest in this database, which I was excited to share. And the Directory came to be.

There is a vibrant community of professionals here, both crew and vendors. The Directory is something we can all point to, to say, “NWA has that.” It really helps to legitimize and organize the film community here.

So, your movie has a helicopter shot, and you have a Hollywood star in town, and you need limos and security guards; plus a local production company, crew, props, equipment, food, locations, a soundstage, talent, post production services, and a tiger. It’s all in the Directory. Search our website (thedirectorynwa.com), or flip through the book.

The Directory aims to demonstrate to filmmakers both inside and outside of the state, that NWA has everything you need to produce your project. There is a vibrant community of professionals here, both crew and vendors. The Directory is something we can all point to, to say, “NWA has that.” It really helps to legitimize and organize the film community here.

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