Arts funding diverted to help keep film industry in Maryland

Netflix’s Capitol Hill drama “House of Cards” may receive millions more in tax credits to continue filming in Maryland, now that the General Assembly has agreed to make more funding available. But the local arts community may not like the politics.

To secure the extra funding, the General Assembly authorized state economic developers to dip into a $2.5 million pot of money called the Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts. It was created in 2009 to support arts organizations.

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LA Film Shoots Surge 24 Percent Thanks to Tax Credit-Qualified Films

“Entourage” movie, “Horrible Bosses 2” help rise in local productions as TV falls 9 percent, according to survey

What would happen if California offered movie and TV tax credits similar to other states and countries?

It might mean a surge in feature film on-location shoots, like the 24.2 percent increase that non-profit permitting agency FilmL.A. reported Tuesday in its first quarter analysis of production activity in the region.


House of Cards,’ ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and tax credits

“House of Cards” — the Netflix series that has lots of buzz and may or may not be a hit show (we actually have no idea because Netflix refuses to release any ratings) — filmed its first two seasons in Maryland, but now it could be moving after state lawmakers failed to approve increased funding to keep the production in the state.

My colleagues Jenna Johnson and John Wagner have much more here about the debate and why the legislation didn’t pass.

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Philippines Bill Proposes Film Production Tax Breaks

Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Chairman of the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee, has introduced a bill that seeks to promote the Philippines’ film industry, and so-called “film tourism,” by providing tax incentives to production companies, both foreign and local.

“Film tourism is a growing phenomenon wherein a destination is visited by tourists because it was featured in a movie, television or video,” said Angara, who is also Deputy Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tourism. “Thus, there is a need to promote the Philippines as a destination for filmmakers.”

“By boosting the country’s film tourism, the Philippines stands to increase the number of tourist arrivals and stimulate its economy,” Angara continued. “Money spent by a tourist for accommodations is multiplied 2.1 times for the economy, as it creates jobs and opportunities and spreads its effect to other industries as well.”

He cited the example of New Zealand’s tourism industry, where international visitor arrivals jumped to 2.4m in 2006 from 1.7m in 2000 after the filming of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy on location there.

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“The BNFF” – 6 Day Countdown

 “The BNFF” –  6 Day Countdown 
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Dear BNFF Friends, Volunteers, Interns, Filmmakers & Attendees,


We are only 6 days away from the BNFF 8th Annual Kick-Off. Plain and simple – it’s going to be fantastic! 140 Films – 10 Days Long – Special Guests – Great Films – 30 Year Reunion of The Natural (April 25th – 7pm) – Film Finance Forum (April 30th – 7pm) – and much more - or 716-855-3022 – $10 General Admission – $5 for Senior/Students/Veterans – a show you will not want to miss!

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Bill Cowell, Founder/President

Buffalo Niagara Film Festival





Alliance for Women in Media Foundation & The Loreen Arbus Foundation Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Journalist Scholarship Information & Application


Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2014

Since 2009, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has partnered with The Loreen Arbus Foundation to focus on the needs, achievements, contributions and stories of citizens with disabilities.

We are pleased to announce the 2014 competition’s theme of My Voice, My Time. Students are invited to submit a creative writing piece of 750 to 1,000 words, focusing on the challenges and triumphs that come with living with a disability along with their goals and outlook for the future.  Applicants will also need to submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member as part of the submission process.

This journalist scholarship program consists of one $2,500 scholarship, made payable directly to the winning student’s educational institute.

The winning student must also be able to attend AWMF’s Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 11, 2014 in New York City to receive the scholarship. Female undergraduate and graduate students studying media, journalism, English, communications and related fields are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the scholarship and past recipients visit our websiteDeadline:  Materials must be submitted byMarch 31, 2014 to Amy Lotz at For questions, please email Amy or call: 703-506-3290.

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