Wyoming Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 230 direct jobs and $3.6 million in wages in Wyoming, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 30 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 5 movies filmed in the state.  Movies include Django Unchained, Tree Fight, Deeper, Zoo Miami, and Wolves of Yellowstone.

Production Incentive: The Film Industry Financial Incentive (FIFI) program provides a cash rebate for production companies of up to 15% of qualifying motion picture-related expenditures in the state of Wyoming, including post-production and digital effects services. The production company must spend a minimum amount of $200,000 to qualify for a potential rebate percentage between 12%-15%.
Film Office: Wyoming Film Office

West Virginia Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 1,765 direct jobs and $45.1 million in wages in West Virginia, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 100 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 2 movies and 2 TV series filmed in the state.  Movies include Super 8, Cut, Pilgrim Song, and The Legend of Black Annie. TV series include Coal and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

Production Incentive: West Virginia’s incentives to production include The West Virginia Film Industry Investment Act that currently provides for transferable tax credits of up to 31% of qualified in-state spend for production on eligible feature length theatrical or direct-to-video motion pictures, made-for-TV motion pictures, TV pilots, series, and miniseries and more.
Film Office: West Virginia Film Office

Washington Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 9,292 direct jobs and $318.2 million in wages in Washington, including both production and distribution-related jobs. More than 2,200 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2011: During the course of 2011, 8 movies filmed in the state.  Movies include 21 and Over, Dancing on the Edge, Desert Cathedral, Eden, Fat Kid Rules the World, Mine Games, and Safety Not Guaranteed.
  • 2010: During the course of 2010, 13 movies filmed in the state.  Movies include Camilla Dickinson, The Hit List, Judas Kiss, Knights of Badassdom, Leap, The Oregonian, and The Man in the Maze.

Production Incentive: Washington’s incentives to production include Washington’s designated production-assistance organization, Washington FilmWorks, that offers funding assistance of up to 30% of total in-state Qualified Expenditures (including labor and talent who are Washington state residents) to commercial, television and feature film productions selected to be funded by WFW. The production company must meet certain in-state spending thresholds.
Film Office: Washington FilmWorks

Utah Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 6,116 direct jobs and $174.6 million in wages in Utah, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 1,600 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 15 movies and 1 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include John Carter of Mars, 127 Hours, Frozen, The Future, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Immortality Bites, and Guns, Girls and Gambling. TV series include Flip Men.

Production Incentive: Utah offers up to a 25% rebate or refundable tax credit for films, TV and digital media programs with a minimum spend of $1 million. Another incentive is available for productions with less than $1 million in-state spend, which provides a cash rebate of 15% on qualified spend.
Film Office: Utah Film Office

Texas Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 39,140 direct jobs and $1.5 billion in wages in Texas, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Nearly 7,400 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2011: During the course of 2011, 16 movies and 15 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include Abel’s Field, The Ghost of Goodnight Lane, Chasing Shakespeare, Phobia, Sweetwater, Mission Park, and Deep in the Heart. TV series include Friday Night Lights, Chase, Top Chef: Texas, American Trucker, Animal Cops: Houston, Big Rich Texas, and Donna Decorates Dallas.
  • 2010: During the course of 2010, 38 movies and 17 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include True Grit, Battleship, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Monte Carlo, and My Sucky Teen Romance. TV series include Lone Star, Friday Night Lights, The Deep End, Animal Cops: Houston, Chase, My Generation, and Football Wives.

Production Incentive: The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program offers qualifying feature films, television programs, commercials, video games, and stand-alone post-production/finishing projects the opportunity to receive a rebate payment of 5%-17.5% of eligible Texas spending upon completion of a review of their Texas expenditures. There is a per film cap of $2 million.
Film Office: Texas Film Commission

Tennessee Film tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 11,211 direct jobs and $552.3 million in wages in Tennessee, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 3,700 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 14 movies and 4 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include Country Strong, Water for Elephants, Fall Away, Deadline, The East, and To Kill a Memory. TV series include Down Home with the Neelys, Glamour Belles, and Police Women of Memphis.

Production Incentive: Tennessee offers a two incentive programs for a total possible rebate of 32% of qualified spending, including a cash rebate equal to 17% of qualified spending and a rebate of 15% of all qualified expenditures, including promotion and advertising, if the production company establishes its headquarters in Tennessee.
Film Office: Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission

South Carolina Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 3,517 direct jobs and $126.3 million in wages in South Carolina, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 1,200 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 2 movies and 2 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include The Bay and Little Red Wagon. TV series include Army Wives and Southern Fried Stings.

Production Incentive: Productions that film in South Carolina can receive up to a 20% cash rebate on in-state employee wages and a 10% cash rebate up to $3,500 on out-of-state employee wages. Out-of-state performing artists (including stunt performers) are eligible for the full 20% cash rebate. Additionally, South Carolina offers up to a 30% cash rebate on in-state supplier expenditures if at least $1 million is spent in the state.
Film Office: South Carolina Film Commission

Oregon Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 5,010 direct jobs and $203.8 million in wages in Oregon, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 1,800 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 22 movies and 5 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include Gone, Paranorman, Shiver, The Sacred, House of Last Things, The Discoverers, and Silver Falls. TV series include Grimm, Leverage, Ax Men, Portlandia, and Little People, Big World.

Production Incentive: Oregon’s incentives to production include rebates on 20% of a production’s Oregon-based goods and services and additional cash rebate of up to 16.2% of wages paid to production personnel. The annual cap on rebates is $7.5 million per fiscal year.
Film Office: Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television

North Carolina Film Tax Credits

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 8,481 direct jobs and $206.7 million in wages in North Carolina, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 3,000 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 24 movies and 5 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include The Hunger Games, Piranha 3DD, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Hick, Destiny Road, The Healer, and Witness Insecurity. TV series include Homeland, One Tree Hill, Fantasia For Real, Lizard Lick Towing, and Swamp Loggers.

Production Incentive: Effective January 2011, North Carolina tax incentives include a refundable credit equal to 25% of qualifying in-state production expenses, provided an in-state minimum of at least $250,000 is met. There is a per feature credit cap of $20 million.
Film Office: North Carolina Film Office

Nevada Film Tax Credits

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 2,975 direct jobs and $135.7 million in wages in Nevada, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 1,300 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 22 movies and 12 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include  My Mother’s Curse, Pretty Obsession, The Last Stand, Hick, Lay the Favorite, The Motel Life, and The Gambler. TV series include Bachelor Pad, Holly’s World, Las Vegas Jailhouse, Operation Repo: Las Vegas, Pawn Stars, Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel, and Tattoo Camp: Las Vegas.

Production Incentive: No significant tax incentive for production.
Film Office: Nevada Film Office

Montana Film tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 1,503 direct jobs and $35.4 million in wages in Montana, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 260 of the jobs are production-related. Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 4 movies and 2 TV series filmed in the state.  Movies include Winter in the Blood, Treasure State, Cooper, and My Favorite Movie. TV series include Frontier Force and Wardens.

Production Incentive: Under the Big Sky on the Big Screen Act, film and TV productions are eligible for a 14% refundable tax credit on up to $50,000 in wages paid to Montana residents and a 9% refundable tax credit on their total qualified expenditures in the state. Film Office: Montana Film Office

Missouri Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 10,008 direct jobs and $336.4 million in wages in Missouri, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 1,500 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 9 films and 1 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include A Horrible Way to Die, Small Pond, Turbine, The Pascal Sign, Awful Nice, Broken Faith, and You’re Next. TV series include Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.

Production Incentive: Missouri’s incentives to production include State Tax Credits, which are issued to a qualified film production company for up to 35% of the amount expended in Missouri (or up to 30% for qualifying out-of-state cast and crew when Missouri income taxes are withheld) for production or production-related activities to facilitate film production in Missouri.
Film Office: Missouri Film Office

Michigan Film tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 14,285 direct jobs and $485.3 million in wages in Michigan, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Nearly 4,700 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2011: During the course of 2011, 24 movies and 5 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include The Five-Year Engagement, The Ides of March, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Sparkle, Pretty Obsession, and Alex Cross. TV series include Detroit 1-8-7, Tattooed in Detroit, Ice Brigade, All-American Muslim, and Hardcore Pawn.
  • 2010: During the course of 2010, 32 movies and 2 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include Real Steel, Machine Gun Preacher, Salvation Boulevard, Scream 4, Touchback, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. TV series include Detroit 1-8-7 and Hardcore Pawn.

Production Incentive: Beginning in February 2008, the Michigan film production credit provides a refundable, assignable tax credit of up to 42% of the amount of a production company’s expenditures (depending upon type) that are incurred in producing a film or other media entertainment project in Michigan.
Film Office: Michigan Film Office

Kentucky Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 4,532 direct jobs and $124.8 million in wages in Kentucky, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Nearly 500 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 9 movies filmed in the state.  Movies include The Ides of March, Land of Tomorrow, Tan Lines, Purulent, Cry for Revenge, Hitting the Cycle, and Last Kind Words.

Production Incentive: Kentucky’s incentives to production include a 20% refundable tax credit for qualifying production and postproduction-related expenditures, including payroll with a minimum in-state spend of $500,000. As an alternative, productions can take a sales and use tax refund for purchases made by a motion picture production company in connection with filming in Kentucky if the company films or produces one or more motion pictures in the state during any 12-month period.
Film Office: Kentucky Film Office

Illinois Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 20,946 direct jobs and $969.2 million in wages in Illinois, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 6,100 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2011: During the course of 2011, 9 movies and 10 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include Man of Steel, Lincoln, A Fonder Heart, Just Like a Woman, Valley of the Sun, A Green Story, and Call Me On Tuesday. TV series include The Rosie Show, The Playboy Club, Boss, The Chicago Code, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Judge Jeanine Pirro, and Cold Case Files.
  • 2010: During the course of 2010, 25 films and 9 TV series filmed in the state.  Movies include Source Code, LOL, The Vow, The Dilemma, Contagion, Bad Teacher, and Colombiana. TV series include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Chicago Code, Cold Case Files, Judge Mathis, Giuliana & Bill, Future Food, and At the Movies.

Production Incentive: The Illinois Film Production Tax Credit entered into effect on January 1, 2009. The tax credit has no sunset and consists of: (1) 30% of the Illinois production spending for the taxable year; and (2) 30% credit on Illinois salaries up to $100,000 per worker.
Film Office: Illinois Film Office

Idaho Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 2,079 direct jobs and $45.8 million in wages in Idaho, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 250 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 1 movie filmed in the state: Leap.

Production Incentive: No significant tax incentive available for production. Idaho’s Motion Media Rebate Program was passed on March 25, 2008, offering a 20% rebate for qualifying productions on all goods and services purchased in Idaho if at least $200,000 is spent in Idaho and at least 20% of crew is Idaho residents. However, the program is currently not funded.
Film Office: Idaho Film Office

Georgia Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 22,843 direct jobs and $1.3 billion in wages in Georgia, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 6,500 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2011: During the course of 2011, 24 movies and 25 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include Lawless, Flight, American Reunion, Joyful Noise, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, The Marriage Counselor, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. TV series include Necessary Roughness, Teen Wolf, House of Payne, The Vampire Diaries, Reed Between the Lines, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and The Walking Dead.
  • 2010: During the course of 2010, 24 movies and 30 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include Footloose, For Colored Girls, Fast Five, Wanderlust, Water for Elephants, X-Men: First Class, and Courageous. TV series include Past Life, Teen Wolf, House of Payne, The Vampire Diaries, Drop Dead Diva, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and The Walking Dead.

Production Incentive: The 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act grants to qualified productions a transferable income tax credit of 20% of all in-state costs for film and television investments of $500,000 or more. An additional 10% tax credit is awarded to approved projects that embed a Georgia Entertainment Promotional logo within the titles or credits of each production.
Film Office: Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office

Florida Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 27,537 direct jobs and $1.3 billion in wages in Florida, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Nearly 8,000 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2011: During the course of 2011, 15 movies and 12 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include Magic Mike, Parker, Step Up 4, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, A Fonder Heart, Free Ride, and The Unbroken . TV series include Burn Notice, Charlie’s Angels, The Glades, Pitchmen, Basketball Wives, Color Splash, and Animal Cops: Miami .
  • 2010: During the course of 2010, 13 movies and 12 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include Dolphin Tale, I am Number Four, If Only You Knew, Beautiful Noise, Homecoming, Dead by Friday, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon . TV series include Burn Notice, The Glades, Little Miss Perfect, The Bad Girls Club: Miami, Two Guys Garage, Operation Wild and Police Women of Broward County .

Production Incentive: Florida’s production incentives include a cash rebate program on in-state expenditures. There are 4 queues: 1) films, TV, commercials, or music videos with expenditures in excess of $650,000 receive a 15%-22% rebate: 2) multiple commercials or music videos with minimum combined expenditures of $500,000 and a $100,000 per project minimum receive a 15%-20% rebate; 3) indies spending $100,000-$625,000 receive a 15%-17% rebate; and 4) digital media projects receive a 10% rebate.
Film Office: The Governor’s Office of Film & Entertainment

Colorado Film Tax Incentives

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 10,434 direct jobs and $454.0 million in wages in Colorado, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Nearly 1,800 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 7 movies and 8 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include A Modern Pride and Prejudice, Mind’s Eye, The Origin, Pretty Obsession, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Stained Glass Windows. TV series include Cool Tools, DIY Disaster House, DIY Dominator, Rescue Renovation, Food Network Challenge, HGTV Professional Grade, Secrets of Aspen and Unwrapped.

Production Incentive: Colorado’s incentives to production include a 10% rebate on qualifying in-state expenditures, provided 25% of the actors and crew are Colorado residents.
Film Office: Colorado Film Office

Arizona Motion Picture Tax Incentives

Tax Incentives

The Motion Picture Production Tax Incentives Program was designed to promote and stimulate the motion pictures industry in Arizona.  The program achieves this by providing tax incentives to qualified motion pictures production companies that engage in motion pictures production in Arizona.  The program also offers tax credits to individuals or qualified companies who construct infrastructure projects such as a soundstage or support and augmentation facility in Arizona.  The Arizona Department of Commerce accepts applications year round, on a first, come, first served basis and determines eligibility for program incentives.

Qualifications

Motion Picture Production Incentives:
A company may be qualified for a twenty-four month certification period if it:

  • Is primarily engaged (more than 50%) in the business of producing motion pictures,
  • Has a physical office and bank account in Arizona,
  •   Begins production within 90 days of pre-approval,
  • Anticipates incurring qualifying production costs of at least $250,000 on each motion picture, and
  • Estimates that Arizona resident will comprise 50% of all full-time employees during production activities.

Commercial Advertisement and Music Video Incentives – 5% Set Aside Program

A company may be qualified for a twelve month certification period if it

  • Is primarily engaged (more than 50%) in the business of producing motion pictures,
  • Has a physical office and bank account in Arizona,
  •   Completes production within 60 days of pre-approval,
  • Anticipates incurring qualifying production costs of at least $250,000 during the 12-month certification period, and
  • Estimates that Arizona resident will comprise 50% of all full-time employees during production activities.

Summary of Incentives

Transaction Privilege Tax Exemption on:

  • purchased machinery, equipment and other tangible personal property
  • job printing, engraving embossing or copying
  • leases or rentals of lodging space
  • catered food, drink, and condiments
  • construction contracts.

Use Tax Exemption on:

  • machinery, equipment, and other tangible personal property

Transferable Income Tax Credits:

Tax credits for a motion picture production are based on expenses in Arizona directly attributable to the production.

  • A company may receive income tax credits up to $7 million in 2008, $8 million in 2009 and $9 million in 2010 per motion picture production.
  • Production costing between $250,000-$1M can be eligible for a 20% credit
  • Production costing $1M and over can be eligible for a 30% credit

These tax credits may be used to offset Arizona tax liability.  The tax credits may be used, sold or transferred; unused tax credit amounts may be carried forward for up to five taxable years.

    There is also an

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT TAX CREDIT

    of a maximum of 15% of the total base investment.  Qualifications and restrictions apply.

For more information and to place your name on the Arizona Film Office stakeholder list to receive copies of draft rules, please visit: www.azcommerce.com/finance/motionpic.asp or contact the Arizona Film Office at www.azcommerce.com/film

NY State Film Tax Credits

 The New York State Film Production Tax Credit program provides qualifying film and television productions a 30% credit for qualified production expenditures. All eligible productions shot in New York City may qualify for this program. In April 2013 new legislation extended the program through 2019, allocating $420 million per year.Additionally, the New York State Post Production Tax Credit provides 30% savings on qualified post-production expenses, for productions that do their post production in New York City, but are not eligible for the film production tax credit program. To learn more about these credits, contact the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development at 212-803-2328 or visit the website at www.nylovesfilm.com. To learn more about the City’s unique “Made in NY” Marketing Credit incentive, available for “Made in NY” projects with distribution, click here.

Why shoot in Louisiana?

It’s simple: Because Louisiana has become a bona fide filmmaker’s paradise. Since 2006, our state has hosted more than 300 film and television productions — major and indie features, TV series, documentaries and more. In fact, only California and New York currently turn out more film and TV projects than the Bayou State. And it all starts with the best incentives in the business.

Louisiana’s unique tax incentive package was created in 2002 to lead the nation—and with more than 150 applications received in 2011 alone, the surge is showing no signs of stopping. Our production-friendly infrastructure features diverse locations from bayou to big city; state-of-the-art soundstages and post-production houses; and a skilled crew base that has grown by more than 400 percent since 2002. No matter where you shoot, you’ll experience Louisiana’s legendary culture and the inimitable joie de vivre of our fun-loving, supportive citizens.

Louisiana-produced films regularly premiere from Slamdance to Sundance to Hollywood, and they’re no strangers to the Academy Awards. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, shot in various locations across Southeast Louisiana, grabbed 13 Oscar nominations and three wins in 2009. And the same approach to innovative tax credits, workforce training and other economic development programs that drives our Film program extends to three additional entertainment industry sectors: sound recording, interactive and live performance.

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District of Columbia Film Stats

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 4,005 direct jobs and $426.1 million in wages in the District of Columbia, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 1,200 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 9 movies and 10 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include  Safe House, J. Edgar, Argo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Brake, Dead Money, and Nocturnal Agony. TV series include The Chris Matthews Show, DC Cupcakes, The McLaughlin Group, Meet the Press, The Newshour With Jim Lehrer, On the Record With Greta Van Susteren, and The Situation Room.

Production Incentive: As of June 2011, the District of Columbia’s incentive program is not funded. It would otherwise include a rebate of 42% on qualifying direct production expenditures subject to D.C. tax. Expenditures not subject to D.C. taxes may apply for a 21% rebate. There is a 30% rebate on qualified payroll expenditures.
Film Office: DC Film and TV

Delaware Filming Stats

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 570 direct jobs and $15.3 million in wages including both production and distribution-related jobs. More than 200 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 1 movie and 1 TV movie filmed in the state.  Movies include Infamous. TV movies include Punkin Chunkin.

Production Incentive: No significant tax incentive for production.
Film Office: Delaware Film Office

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Connecticut Filming Stats

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 7,325 direct jobs and $691.3 million in wages in Connecticut, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 2,200 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 26 movies and 6 TV series filmed in the state.  Movies include Rio, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Leafmen, The Wedding, Hello I Must Be Going, Gimme Shelter, and Goats. TV series include Everyday Food, The Big C, The Jerry Springer Show, Maury, The Steve Wilkos Show and Are We There Yet?

Production Incentive: Connecticut’s incentives to production include a tax credit of up to 30% of qualified digital media and motion picture production, pre-production and post-production expenses incurred in Connecticut for eligible production companies. The credit for compensation paid is capped at the first $20 million.

Colorado Filming Stats

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 10,434 direct jobs and $454.0 million in wages in Colorado, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Nearly 1,800 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

  • 2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 7 movies and 8 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include A Modern Pride and Prejudice, Mind’s Eye, The Origin, Pretty Obsession, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Stained Glass Windows. TV series include Cool Tools, DIY Disaster House, DIY Dominator, Rescue Renovation, Food Network Challenge, HGTV Professional Grade, Secrets of Aspen and Unwrapped.

Production Incentive: Colorado’s incentives to production include a 10% rebate on qualifying in-state expenditures, provided 25% of the actors and crew are Colorado residents.
Film Office: Colorado Film Office

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California Filming Stats

Economic Impact of the Industry
The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 191,146 direct jobs and $17.0 billion in wages in California, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 129,000 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight
  • 2011: During the course of 2011, 284 movies and 276 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include The Avengers, Argo, Brave, Cinderbiter, Despicable Me 2, Gangster Squad, and Safe House. TV series include The Big Bang Theory, Rizzoli & Isles, Community, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mad Men, Happy Endings, and Law & Order: Los Angeles.
  • 2010: During the course of 2010, 291 movies and 266 TV series filmed in the state. Movies include The Amazing Spider-Man, Battleship, Drive, Bridesmaids, Captain America: The First Avenger, Cars 2, Contagion, and X-Men: First Class. TV series include NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother, CSI, Terriers, Raising Hope, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Production Incentive: Legislation signed in 2009 created tax credits for film and television productions. Qualified taxpayers are allowed a 20% or 25% credit against income and/or sales and use taxes, based on qualified expenditures, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2011.

Arkansas Filming Stats

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 1,890 direct jobs and $63.8 million in wages in Arkansas, including both production and distribution-related jobs. 500 of the jobs are production-related.

Movie & TV Production Spotlight

2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 4 movies and 1 TV series filmed in the state.  Movies include Mud, Then the Night Comes, The Last Ride, and Step Away from the Stone. TV series include 19 Kids & Counting.

Production Incentive: The Digital Product and Motion Picture Industry Development Act of 2009 created incentives for digital product and motion picture productions. The incentives include a 15% rebate on all qualified production expenditures made in Arkansas.
Film Office: Arkansas Economic Development Commission: Film Unit

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Arizona Filming Stats

Economic Impact of the Industry The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 9,285 direct jobs and $355.0 million in wages in Arizona, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Nearly 1,700 of the jobs are production-related.
Movie & TV Production Spotlight

2010-2011: During the course of 2010 and 2011, 23 movies and 8 TV series filmed in the state.   Movies include Under the Bridge, The Coalition, Valley of the Sun, Goats, Killer Holiday, To Kill a Memory, and The Forsaken. TV series include Invention USA, Downsized, Desert Car Kings, Raising Sextuplets, Sunset Daze, The Police Women of Maricopa County, and Baseball Wives.

Production Incentive: No significant tax incentive for production.
Film Office: Arizona Film Office

Texas Filmmakers Showcase Accepting Entries

Presented by the Houston Film Commission, the Texas Filmmakers Showcase is a special screening event consisting of the best of Texas short films and videos (less than 40 minutes in length) shown to studio executives, agents and producers in the Hollywood film community. The filmmakers whose projects are selected to participate will travel to Los Angeles to attend the screening.

The screening is accompanied by a reception where filmmakers and industry professionals meet to discuss filmmaking, financing, distribution and additional industry topics. The first screening of the 2014 Texas Filmmakers Showcase will be held in Los Angeles in June with additional public screenings shown in several Texas during the rest of the year.

Submissions must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2014. Click here for information and submission guidelines.

California State Film Permits

Online Permit Application

Apply for your permit to shoot on state-owned property and track your permit status.

The California Film Commission (CFC) requires that all state permit applications must be submitted 4 business days / 96 hours (weekends and holidays are not considered business days) prior to the first prep/shoot day. Caltrans ramp and lane closures require a minimum of at least twelve (12) business days in advance of prep/shoot; freeway closures require a minimum of sixteen (16) business days.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Insurance Requirements for Filming

Beginning January 1, 2013, the CFC will require two additional insurance documents for companies applying to film on State owned or controlled property.  Click here for details.

State Permit and Monitor Fees

Information on Filming at Fred C. Nelles Facility

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding State Film Permits

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about applying for state film permits, film monitor costs, insurance, special effects permits and more!

Guide to Filming on State Property

State film permits are easily obtained by following the guidelines in this factsheet.

Filming on California Roadways – Caltrans

The California Film Commission (CFC) facilitates filming on California’s roadways through its close partnership with the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).  Working with Caltrans, the California Film Commission issues film permits for all state highways and freeways.

Film Production Safety in California

Fire Marshal Film Liaison provides hands-on assistance for pyrotechnics.

New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards Announces 2014 Finalists

New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards™, now in its 57th year of honoring the World’s Best TV & Films™, announced the 2014 Finalists. The GrandJury® members of award-winning industry experts from around the globe selected the Finalists from 36 countries. Award-winners will be presented trophies at the 2014 Television & film Awards Ceremony on April 8th at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas.

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Austin Studios prepares for expansion

AUSTIN — It’s a sure sign that the film and TV industry in Austin and Central Texas is booming. Austin Studios is ready to expand, and it’s hoping to lure entertainment companies to a new site.

On a cold afternoon, builders are constructing a set on the Austin Studios lot. Now, that property is poised to become an even larger film and TV production hub.

The Austin Film Society, which runs the studio, plans to rent out the National Guard Armory that sits on the east side of the property.

“The old National Guard Armory is 75,000 square feet,” said Rebecca Campbell, the Film Society’s Executive Director. “Some of that is hangers, but 65,000 square feet is offices.”

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Cork Film Centre in peril after Arts Council cut

And the Cork Film Centre is now facing a very uncertain future following confirmation that the Arts Council will provide absolutely no funding to it next year.

The council’s grant represents up to 60% of the centre’s core funding.

The centre’s board has now been advised to spread this year’s funding over six months — between April and October.

But its members are frantically trying to find other sources of funding in a desperate bid to keep the doors open next year.

“The board will seek a meeting with Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and we are exploring all funding avenues,” centre director Chris Hurley said.

“But our view is that this funding cut to us is actually a funding cut to future film makers and TV directors. It will be cutting off their opportunities.”

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Death by the reel -Kenya Film Commision on the spotlight

Late last week, an expose — two personal letters that uncovered a confrontation between the Kenya Film Commission (KFC) and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) — created a major buzz in the local entertainment scene.

It wasn’t funny. There was no acting. The industry was up in arms.

In the confrontational letter dated November 5, 2013, the author, Chris Foot, the board chairman of KFC, sounded displeased by YEDF move to create the recently launched artistes-led Vijana Film Loan, an arm within YEDF to benefit the film industry through loans.

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Asheville filmmakers: Is this No. 1 place to live?

Francine Cavanaugh’s current project would not have materialized if she wasn’t living and working in Asheville.

The filmmaker’s third feature follows the personal story threads of the residential neighborhood near the CTS Superfund site on Mills Gap Road. But she wouldn’t have moved to Asheville from San Francisco in 2002 with her husband and collaborator Adams Wood if it wasn’t for the overall cultural appeal of the city.

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Nevada County’s first film office is no more

In wanting to avoid the cost of transporting a crew of 55-plus to Vermont where “The Christmas Card” was originally set, Nevada City became the recipient of a $2 million lucky fluke as the film’s producer, Lincoln Lageson, knew our area because his parents were raised here. While he initially sought a local film office, he nevertheless made do without one as the cost savings of filming on the West Coast for the LA-based production company was significant.

However, that was why Lageson has actively participated on the advisory board of the Northeast CA Counties Film Commission (www.FilmNortheastCACounties.com) as it’s usually a nonstarter for a production company to work in a locale without a film office to service specialized needs.

Although a “hidden” arena, there are over 60 film offices statewide, many dating back decades. Every major metro area has its own film office, as do all 50 states, as well as virtually every country around the globe, even small island nations.

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California Film Commission announces the launch of LOCATION CALIFORNIA magazine

As part of its ongoing effort to promote motion picture, television and commercial production across the state, the California Film Commission today announced the launch of LOCATION CALIFORNIA magazine.

The new publication transforms the Commission’s annual statewide film office directory into a content-rich journal highlighting the very best production talent, infrastructure and locations California has to offer.

Distribution of the 2014 edition began earlier this month at the Sundance Film Festival, and will continue at major industry events including the Berlin International Film Festival (February 6-15), AFCI Locations Show (March 27-29), Cannes International Film Festival (May 14-25) and California Locations Conference (June 28). The hard copy magazine is also available by request via the Film Commission’s website (www.film.ca.gov), which includes a digital version of the full publication.

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Council turns down film grant

Parksville council Monday decided against paying the Vancouver Island North Film Commission $5,000 to attract film and new media to the area.Coun. Carrie Powell-Davidson proposed the support, saying, “It’s time to pay to play.” Vancouver Island North Film Commission film commissioner Joan Moore said in a letter to the city that, despite receiving no money from Parksville, the commission continues to include the city in its marketing material and client packages.Powell-Davidson said the film industry is booming again in B.C. and it’s time to reinvest in it.Coun. Al Greir said the city has turned down the film commission before.”It’s another giveaway. We haven’t done the 2014 budget yet,” he said. “I shake my head at council giving away money and not showing restraint.”Coun. Marc Lefebvre asked if giving money to the film commission and appointing a councillor as liaison gives the city influence.

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Fort Lee Film Commission Presents Early African American Talkie

Join the Fort Lee Film Commission and Palisade Interstate Park for a very special Black History Month film program and a rare screening of the first all talking African American movie musical shot right here in Fort Lee.

The program, scheduled for Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Lee Historic Park Museum Theatre off Hudson Terrace and Bruce Reynolds Blvd., features a book reading / signing by Grant Harper Reid whose grandfather co-directed “The Exile” with African-American film pioneer Oscar Micheaux.

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Launches Fake Film Commission Website

For film producers wondering how to get the best tax incentives in Zubrowka, there’s a website for that.

Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is pulling out all the marketing stops in advance of its theatrical release. After launching AkademieZubrowka last week, a website that offered an exclusive look at where the film is set (fictional nation Zubrowka) and some of the props that are going to be used in the film, Anderson’s team has followed up with a new site, Zubrowka Film Commission.

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California Film & Television Tax Credit Program

The CFC is no longer accepting applications for the current fiscal year as the program is oversubscribed.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2014/15 FISCAL YEAR ALLOCATION OF TAX CREDITS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014.  Applications must be submitted between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in order to be considered for the first day’s random lottery process.  Please check back in April 2014, as we anticipate modifications to our regulations and forms which will affect the application materials required.

The California Film Commission is pleased to offer incentives for the sixth year of the Tax Credit Program, along with all of our existing services.

The following is a brief description of the program parameters:

How the Tax Credit Works
Qualified taxpayers are allowed a credit against income and/or sales and use taxes, based on qualified expenditures, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2011. Credits applied to income tax liability are not refundable. Only tax credits issued to an “independent film” may be transferred or sold to an unrelated party. Other qualified taxpayers may carryover tax credits for 5 years and transfer tax credits to an affiliate.

What Types of Productions Qualify for the Program?
To apply for the California Film and Television Incentive Program, a “qualified motion picture” must be one of the following:

(Eligible for 20% Tax Credit):

  • Feature Films ($1 million minimum – $75 million maximum production budget)
  • Movies of the Week or Miniseries ($500,000 minimum production budget)
  • New television series licensed for original distribution on basic cable ($1 million minimum budget; one-half hour shows and other exclusions apply)

(Eligible for 25% Tax Credit):

  • A television series, without regard to episode length, that filmed all of its prior seasons outside of California.
  • An “independent film” ($1 million total production budget - $10 million qualified expenditure budget that is produced by a company that is not publicly traded and that publicly traded companies do not own more that 25% of the producing company.)

A “qualified motion picture” must also meet the following conditions:

  • 75% test (production days or total production budget) in California
  • Application must be submitted at least 30 days prior to commencement of principal photography
  • Once an application is approved, principal photography must begin within 180 days

How much was allocated to the program?

  • $100 million annually beginning fiscal year 2009/2010 through fiscal year 2016-2017
  • A minimum of $10 million of the annual funding is available for independent films each year

Applications may be sent to the CFC offices via hand delivery, FedEx, UPS or other private mail service, U.S. Postal Service, or via messenger. Applications may not be faxed or sent electronically via e-mail.

Address:

California Film Commission
7080 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 900 Hollywood, CA 90028
Attn: California Film & Television Tax Credit ProgramPhone:  323-860-2960 X110

The California Film Commission is delighted to offer this incentive program along with all of our existing services.

CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FILM OFFICE PARTNERSHIP

The California Regional Film Office Partnership is a network of 60 film offices across the state that provide localized support and assistance with location searches, permitting, and other services.

The California Film Commission will conduct a customized state-wide location search upon request. Simply e-mail our Location Specialist, Lisa Mosher with your detailed description: lmosher@film.ca.gov

PLEASE CONTACT THE LOCAL FILM OFFICE LIAISON DIRECTLY BEFORE YOU VISIT THEIR AREA [...]

FLIC Features Award-Winning Filmmakers

The Montana Film Office is glad to  announce that the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC) is going full steam towards its January 24 opening.

Nestled along the beautiful shores of Flathead Lake, FLIC is entering its second year of screening films from around the world. Entries came from across the globe to be screening for audiences in the valley.

Films will screen all day Saturday and Sunday, with an after party taking place for the public to mingle with the featured filmmakers on Saturday night. Opening night will feature Polson filmmaker Brooke Pepion Swaney and her film “Okay Breath Auralee” [...]

A reel boost as Glasgow Film Festival hosts 60 premieres

The UK premiere of acclaimed director Wes Anderson’s new movie The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of 60 first screenings that cinema-goers can look forward to at the 10th Glasgow Film Festival.

Next month’s event also boasts the Scottish premiere of Under The Skin, which was filmed in the city and stars Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson as an alien who seduces male hitchhikers.

Other events on the programme, which runs from February 20 to March 2, include film screenings in unusual locations around Glasgow.

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Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest Begins Thursday

Film enthusiasts from across the Ozarks and beyond will gather in Eureka Springs this weekend for the first-ever Eureka Springs Indie Film Fest at the City Auditorium.

The event celebrating the art of independent filmmaking will feature a series of “Made in Arkansas” films and shorts, special guest speakers and workshops.

Festival organizer Teresa DeVito…

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Year-End: UK Tax Breaks Too Much Of A Good Thing? Tasty Danish Offerings; French Film Biz Blues; Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain

The UK emerged in 2013 as an increasingly attractive location destination with new and expanded tax credits – but can it stand the bulge? Hollywood has cozied up to Britain, not only bringing its films there to shoot, but now its TV programs while it also continues to plumb it as a source of original drama to be remade in the U.S. Across the Channel, after a wake-up call in the waning days of 2012 by France‘s influential Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch, the local industry spent 2013 debating its rich subsidy system that’s spent big (too big?) on talent. Germany‘s local share of the box office is expected to be down for 2013, only slightly, but it’s been fertile ground for the studios working in local language. Meanwhile, Olympics host Russia is seeing its star rise while Italy and Spain are still undergoing financial woes. And yet, nothing seems rotten in the state of Denmark where the box office is top heavy with local films and a new drama series could be the Danes’ answer to Downton Abbey. Here’s a look back at 2013 and some glimpses of what 2014 may hold…

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Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s the Distribution Advice You Need to Read

Thom Powers is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival; and artistic director for the Montclair Film Festival, DOC NYC festival, and Stranger Than Fiction screening series at IFC Center. He also programs for the Miami International Film Festival and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

Over at the Stranger Than Fiction web site, Powers writes about how filmmakers can make better deals for themselves in all distribution channels:  theatrical, television, digital and international. He also gets input from filmmakers, publicists and sales agents on topics such as digital rights, educational rights and deal terms. Though his focus on documentary film, his advice works for all independent filmmakers. Read his full article here.

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British Film Institute Picks 16 Animation Projects to Benefit From Tax Credits

LONDON — The British Film Institute said the planned remake of the British animation classic The Clangers and Mouse and Mole at Christmas are among the first to be certified to benefit from the animation tax relief system introduced in April.

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