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Shoot your next film in Port Wentworth Georgia!
Savannah is a 2013 American historical family drama film directed, produced and written by Annette Haywood-Carter. It is based on the true story and the book Ward Allen: Savannah River Market Hunter by John Eugene Cay Jr. The film stars Jim Caviezel, Jaimie Alexander, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jack McBrayer and Sam Shepard and was narrated by a 95-year-old Christmas Moultrie (Ejiofor) as he recalls his friendship long ago with Ward Allen (Caviezel) in Savannah back in the early 20th century. The movie was released by Ketchup Entertainment on August 23, 2013 in the United States. Click here to view Feature Films, Television Productions, Commercials and other movies that were filmed in Savannah, Georgia.
The City of Port Wentworth recognizes the economic impact the film industry provides and the tourism it generates for our local jurisdiction. For this reason, Port Wentworth welcomes film productions to do business in our City as we are eager to accommodate your needs.
With more film projects coming to the area, a permitting process becomes necessary to address certain inconveniences to the public that may result. Port Wentworth’s straightforward procedures will ensure that proper standards are met, the public is notified of any impacts and production companies can maintain their schedule.
Professionals or students wishing to engage in commercial film production activity, on public or private property, must first be granted approval from the City Administrator or Mayor and Council, if one (1) or more of the following conditions is met:
Application to Film in Port Wentworth
All professionals or students interested in filming in Port Wentworth should fill out the Port Wentworth Film Permit Application. This easy-to-follow, one-page application captures basic information, such as the location for your production. Prior to submitting the application, all professional productions (Students do not need to complete the Savannah Regional Film Commission Project Registration Form) must first complete a:
1. Project Registration Form for the Savannah Regional Film Commission by clicking here and draft a
2. Business/Resident Notification Letter addressed to the businesses/residents potentially affected by the production.
Production companies requesting to film on public property within the City of Port Wentworth must submit a Certificate of Insurance (COI) as evidence of General Liability coverage in the amount not less than $2,000,000, naming the City of Port Wentworth as an additional insured. Evidence of a COI MUST be submitted before a permit can be effective.
Insurance Certificates should be addressed as follows:
City of Port Wentworth
c/o Waverly P. Jones
7224 GA Highway 21
Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407
A COI may be submitted electronically by an insurance agent/broker via email to email@example.com.
Notification of Affected Businesses and Residents
The production company or student filmmaker is responsible for notifying all businesses and residents affected by the filming activity as per Port Wentworth guidelines. Notification shall take place following the City's review of the application and no less than five business days prior to the planned activity.
Student filmmakers must abide by the City of Port Wentworth guidelines and meet all needed requirements before a permit can be approved. This includes completion of the Port Wentworth Film Application no less than 5 days in advance of the desired production and a Business/Resident Notification Letter addressed to businesses/residents potentially affected by the production in the event it is needed. See Notification of Affected Businesses and Residents, for more information.
Insurance & Fees
Some schools provide insurance coverage for student filmmakers, while others do not. If your school does not, you may be required to procure coverage. A fee may also be charged for certain services such as police, Internal Traffic Control (ITC), parking, etc. Please contact the Permitting Office at 912-964-4379 for direct answers.
The use of private property requires the permission of both the property owner and tenant (if applicable) through a signed location release letter. Film permits do not grant access to private property.
The City of Port Wentworth has an establish noise ordinance to help regulate the making, creation, or maintenance of excessive unnecessary, unnatural, or unusually loud noises which are a detriment to the public health, comfort, convenience, safety, welfare, and prosperity of the residents of the City.
What We Do...
Port Wentworth Film Permit Application
Standard Location Release Letter
Sample Business/Resident Notification Letter
Sample Student Filming Notification Letter
7224 GA Highway 21
Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407
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