Prince George’s Film Office


The Prince George’s Film Office wants to make filming in Prince George’s County easy. We offer your production team the following services:
One-stop logistics resource
Free project registration
Streamlined permit process and fees
Parking passes for location scouts

Maryland Film Production Employment Act of 2011 – Tax Credit

A film production entity may be entitled to a refundable tax credit against the State of Maryland (State) income tax for certain costs incurred in the State that are necessary to carry out a film production activity in the State. The text of the authorizing statute can be found here. A film production entity may receive a refundable income tax credit of up to 25% of qualified direct costs of a film production activity. A television series may receive a credit of up to 27% of qualified direct costs. The aggregate total of tax credits issued in a fiscal year cannot exceed $7.5 million.

For further details, contact:
Jack Gerbes
Maryland Film Office
410 767 6343

Maryland Tax Incentives:

An exemption from the 6% state sales tax is available to qualified feature, television, cable, commercial, documentary, music video, etc., projects. For more information, call the Maryland Film Office or visit them on the web: and click on Maryland Tax Incentives.

Film Coordinator – Prince George’s County: Donna Foster-Dotson

301-758-2558 :

Donna Foster-Dotson is a multi-talented, Emmy and NAACP Image Awards winner with experience and expertise in all aspects of television and event productions management, planning and logistics, budgeting, directing, producing and writing. Donna Foster-Dotson brings a wealth of well-rounded knowledge to the Prince George’s County Film Office in order to assist you with your production requirements. She has effectively managed multi-million dollar productions to remain on schedule and on budget to achieve the required production goals without compromising creativity. Donna is consistently thinking outside the box to solve production issues, adjusting to change effectively, and with quick solutions. Her extensive news experience enables her to consistently meet deadlines and her versatility enables her to understand all aspects of your production needs. Donna Foster-Dotson show credits included: BET Walk of Fame, Bobby Jones Gospel Concert Series, Celebration of Gospel, Black Girls Rock, BET at the Super Bowl, Black College Football, BET Black Star Power Tour 2002, BET Town Halls, BET Inauguration Special 2009, BET Awards Pre Show, Soul Train Awards Pre Show, BET Honors, BET Awards Top 10 Moments, Spring Bling, Lead Story, BET News, Democratic and Republican Convention Coverage, and WJLA Seven on Your Side. Donna is an Alumni of Howard University with a degree in Journalism and Broadcast Production and as a native Prince Georgian she is very familiar with Prince George’s County and all it has to offer for your production needs.

Community Partner – The Creative Edge Studio

Pierre Walcott, Executive Director The Creative Edge Studio “The Creative Edge Studio of Prince George’s was founded on the big idea that filmmakers, like other artists, are perhaps the most valuable cultural resource of 21st century because they remind us of our obligations to self and to each other. As a community advocate for local filmmakers, we have built a strategic partnership with the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) and Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (HCDC) to cultivate a film and digital media industry in the Gateway Arts District and across the county. We believe that the proposed film office is a necessary component in supporting our local filmmakers and in attracting film and TV production to the county.”

Here's a film snippet from a colleague of the Creative Edge Studio, "LAST NIGHT is a romance drama starring Judi Blair, Danny Gavigan, Benton Greene and Nedra McClyde. Sky’s (Judi Blair) last night in Washington DC before moving to North Carolina with her boyfriend (Benton Greene) becomes a whirlwind of emotions when a chance meeting with an attractive stranger (Danny Gavigan) tests her will."

One to Watch Local Film Maker

Matthew White Filmmaker at Sutton Hoo Studios, LLC

Matthew White is the co-producer for the Ron Howard-directed Grammy-Winning feature documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years.. He developed the project starting in 2003 with The Beatles’ company Apple Ltd using an innovative production model, one that put archival film research at the head of the production process, allowing the storytellers to play to the strengths of the archives: to let the archives “speak.” To do so, he led a sweeping, global hunt for rare and unseen artifacts of The Beatle’s tours in hidden archives, collector sources, and people’s basements. This operation was conducted at the University of Maryland’s McKeldin Library.

White has been a global leader in the care and development of historical media archives for 30 years. He has held senior management positions at National Geographic Films, where he led the digitization and strategic planning for the archival film and digital media unit, and at The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he served as Executive Director for the American Archive, a preservation project funded by the US Congress. White has developed and produced programs for TV, feature films, educational media, and digital platforms. Beside the Grammy Award, White was the winner of the International Documentary Association/ABCNews Video Source Award for his feature documentary, The Murder of JFK, and he was co-founder, in 2003, of ACSIL, a trade association of international historical footage licensors, and now serves as the organization’s Executive Director. Sutton Hoo Studios, a company he launched with historian Christopher Vizas, develops media projects to help preserve at-risk historical media. White has a desk at the Library of Congress’s Kluge Center and is based in Mount Rainier, Maryland.

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Film and Digital Media Resource Listing

The Creative Edge Studio Collaborative iStudio is a mentoring space for filmmakers, residing on the premises of the University of Maryland. The iStudio is a motion picture business development project seeking to innovate (iStudio=Innovation Studio) and accelerate development and production of film and television projects. We have six (6) filmmakers (with projects) who have been paired with Consulting Producers. The Consulting Producers are professionals in the media with development, production, and distribution backgrounds, fitting to our mission of film business development.

iStudio Filmmaker Cohort I

Mimi Machado-Luces
Malkia Lydia
Dewey Ortiz Jr.
Alonzo Crawford
Antonio Hernandez
Talaya Grimes

Consulting Producers

Janet Harrell-Campbell
Kathryn Washington
Matthew White White

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Craig Herndon

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s Fairmount Heights Branch has the D.R.E.A.M. (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) Lab that features the latest and greatest cutting edge technology. Used as a learning tool and production area, the D.R.E.A.M Lab space offers two iMac creative stations, outfitted with the latest versions of Adobe Creative Suite and other software. Fairmount Heights Branch Library is located at 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights, MD 20743

(301) 883-2650 TTY Tel No. (301) 808-2061

Whether you are an expert, intermediate, or beginner, you can create: Audio and/or live music recordings, Pre-recorded music production, Video projects, Still photography, Websites, and Graphic design projects (flyers, business cards, etc.)

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The Prince George’s Memory Project was conceived to provide the current, former, and future residents of the County with a visual record of its people, accomplishments, trials, and community. To do so, they are asking those with home movies or photographs captured in Prince George’s County to share this personal media with others.

Co-Directed by O.F. Makarah, a world-renowned filmmaker and artist who conceived and directs the Heritage Film Festival in Bowie, Maryland (now entering its tenth year) and Matt White, a filmmaker and film/video archivist who conceived and is also now working on The Beatles Live! movie with The Beatles and Ron Howard, the Memory Project is part media archeology and part Big Event.

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