CAVE CITY — Southcentral Kentucky is known for its picturesque scenery and its genuine hospitality.

Those are two reasons why so many film production companies have chosen the region for their movie projects, said Jay Hall, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Film and Tourism Development, when he spoke Tuesday night at the Cave City Convention Center.

The other reason is the incentive the film companies receive from the state.

“Kentucky has a 30 to 35 percent fully refundable (income) tax credit with no cap and no sunset,” he said.

Many film production companies are taking advantage of the incentive.

From 2009 to 2015, there were 11 films made in the state.

“Last year we did 19,” he said. “Most of them, I will have to say, are horror movies.”

There were 60 applications approved by the Kentucky Office of Film and Tourism Development in 2016 for the incentives, but only 19 movies were actually filmed.

The reasons for not all 60 movie projects being filmed vary.

“They don't all get financed. They don't all get the cast and crew that they need. Things happen, so even though we had 60 applications approved, we only had 19 of those filmed,” Hall said. “That's almost 30 percent. That's pretty good.”

Already this year, the state is averaging 11 film projects per month.

“We've already approved 55 projects in Kentucky this year,” he said.

Hall anticipates 25 films to be made in Kentucky in 2018 and 45 in 2019.

The state as a whole, as well as each individual community, benefit economically when film production companies choose Kentucky as a location for their projects.

In the six-year period, from 2009 to 2015, a total of $16 million was spent by the film industry in Kentucky.

“It supported 180 jobs,” he said.

Hall continued that if every movie was produced that he had an incentive application for in 2016, the investment by the film industry in the state would be $122 million and it would support 1,025 jobs.

“That's huge,” he said.

Hall also talked about the importance of building a film studio.

“For every $1 million of construction, it supports 10 jobs and has an economic impact of $1.6 million,” he said. “Other businesses enjoy an additional $600,000 in sales.”

He explained if a community has a studio, film production companies will need to build sets.

“If you own a lumber yard, or a Home Depot or a Lowes or a hardware store of any type, you are going to get a lot of business,” he said.

The same applies to those who own restaurants, grocery stores, beauty salons and security companies.

“There is actually no industry out there that doesn't have a place in the film industry,” he said. “If you are an electrician, a plumber or whatever, it is likely they are all going to be used in the film industry. That's why it is such a great industry to attract to Kentucky, because we already have the talent.”

Every 100,000 jobs created by having a film studio supports an additional 80 jobs in other businesses, he said.

In addition, there is a need for a trained crew.

“We need folks who can come and work on these productions. Currently, there are training programs that are being developed or are already in place at Kentucky colleges and universities,” he said.

He also talked about the impact the film industry has on city revitalization, and said it is not uncommon for a film production company to make changes to a house, restaurant or other structure they are using in their projects.

Hall stressed the importance of entering into contracts with film production companies, and said a contract needs to answer the following questions: Who, what, when, where, why and how.

It is important to know what is being filmed, specifically where it is going to take place and when, including any retakes that might need to be done, he said.

He also talked about compensation and said that information should also be in a contract.

“You should ask for at least $1 or ask for credit in the movie,” he said, adding that compensation could also be asking a film production company to repair any damage done to property. “Whatever your expectations are, make sure they are in a contract.”

Hall's talk was hosted by the Southern Kentucky Film Commission, which is composed of government officials and tourism executives from Barren, Edmonson, Hart and Warren counties.

Tompkinsville Mayor Scotty Turner attended the event and said he is interested in seeing his city becoming a member of SKFM.

“I think it's a really good opportunity for our area and hopefully, we can get some films to come to Monroe County,” he said. “We are looking for economic development and this just another avenue of economic development that we could bring that everybody is already skilled and trained on.”

Brian Dale with Kentucky Down Under in Horse Cave found Hall's talk to be very informative.

“(He talked) about a lot of things that people wouldn't ordinarily think about, especially the contract and protecting yourself,” he said. “We are working with a production company currently out of LA for a TV production. I can't really say what at this time, but it's animal related. I wanted to gain some knowledge to be benefical if we come down to negotiations and we are successful in pursuing it to fruition.”

Ann Stewart, executive director of the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission, represented both the tourist commission and SKFM.

She said SKFM invited Hall to speak because “he has been in the business for quite a while and knows how it works, whereas we are rooking compared to his experience.”

Stewart continued she thought Hall provided a lot of good information, especially about contracts.

“I learned a lot from him,” she said