RALEIGH -- Spending on film and television projects in the state hit a five-year high in 2019. A press release from the Department of Commerce reports more than $167 million in direct in-state spending on film and television projects in 2019. That figure includes three films which spent over $56 million and created over 3200 job opportunities that received North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grants. Those productions included a continuation of the “Halloween” horror movie franchise “Halloween Kills” which filmed in the Wilmington area and will debut in the fall and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” about the televangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker that filmed in Charlotte. The grantees receive no up-front money and have to meet direct in-state spending requirements to receive grant funds.