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create a sun-soaked, waterfront and seaside setting that is compact, film-friendly
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Our businesses and residents are friendly, hospitable and eager to help make productions
easy and successful.
We are 28 miles from the Mexican Border and the length of the Island is bordered
by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Laguna Madre (Bay) on the other.
The South Padre Island Film Commission is a division of the South Padre Island CVB
The following information is reprinted from the Oregon Film Office website with permission and edited only where Southern Oregon specifics apply.
OregonFilm.orgThe Oregon film incentive programs are administrated by the Governor's Office of Film & Television. To apply, or for more details please call the office at: 503-229-5832 or visit http://oregonfilm.org/incentives.
State of Oregon
In addition to the strength of its industry resources, Oregon also offers a host of generous incentive programs to help your bottom line. The incentive programs administered by the Oregon Film Office offer a rebate of 20% of your Oregon-based goods and services, and an additional cash payment of up to 16.2% of wages paid to production personnel. Unlike other states' programs, these incentives are cash rebates as opposed to tax credits. Combine these rebates with the fact that Oregon has NO SALES TAX and you'll be seeing green both on-screen as well as on your cost reports.
For a list of frequently asked questions regarding the incentive program please click: INCENTIVES FAQ
Oregon Production Investment Fund
The Oregon Production Investment Fund offers qualifying film or television productions a 20% cash rebate on production-related goods and services paid to Oregon vendors and a 10% cash rebate of wages paid for work done in Oregon including both Oregon and non-Oregon residents. (The labor portion of this rebate can be combined with the Greenlight Oregon program for an effective labor rebate of 16.2%. See next section for details.) A production must directly spend at least US $750,000 in Oregon to qualify. There is no per production cap.
Administrative Rules (PDF)
OPIF Production Rebate Application (PDF)
Oregonians: Click here for information on how to contribute to the OPIF Fund for tax credit
Greenlight Oregon Labor Rebate
The Greenlight Oregon Labor Rebate offers productions that spend more than $1 million in Oregon a cash rebate of up to 6.2% of Oregon-based payroll. This rebate can be combined with the Oregon Production Investment Fund incentive for an effective rebate of 16.2% on qualifying production payroll.
Labor Rebate Application for Certification (PDF)
Labor Rebate Admininistrative Rules Application, Certification and Withholding (PDF)
Labor Rebate Admin Rules â€” Payment of Rebates (PDF)
Implementation of the Greenlight Oregon Program was funded in part with Oregon Lottery Funds administered by the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.
Indigenous Oregon Production Investment Fund (i-OPIF)
The 2009 Oregon legislature passed SB863 which created the "Indigenous Oregon Production Investment Fund (i-OPIF)." The i-OPIF program provides the same rebates of 20% of goods and services and 10% of Oregon labor for films produced by Oregon filmmakers who spend a minimum of $75,000 but not more than $750,000 on their project. Other requirements will apply. The program is now in effect and applications are being accepted.
i-OPIF Administrative Rules (PDF)
i-OPIF Application Form (PDF)
No Sales Tax
And when we say "no sales tax" we don't mean "a sales tax waiver in some categories as long as you fill out some paperwork". Oregon has no sales tax on anything, which equates to no upfront costs for your production, no records to keep and no administrative hassles trying to get a sales tax refund. Like our scenery, it's kind of refreshing isn't it?
Fee-free State Parks, Cities and Counties
Fee Free CitiesOregon State Parks will waive filming fees in exchange for acknowledgement in the credits or other scenarios that would be beneficial to the parks. There are more than 200 parks around the state, encompassing over 96,000 acres of incredible Oregon scenery and 362 miles of Pacific shoreline.
There are also currently 20 cities and 2 counties that are "Fee Free" locations (PDF).
Southern Oregon's film-friendly business atmosphere includes a wide variety of hotels and business apartment rentals that offer highly competitive rates.
Lodging Taxes Waived
Lodging taxes are waived for rooms held longer than 30 days.
No Jurisdiction for SAG Extras
In Southern Oregon, a film that is using SAG actors in speaking roles does not need to use SAG extras.
OPIF Contribution For Tax Credit
Since 2012, the OPIF tax credit sale has been moved to an online auction system. You can find the current information about the tax credits and any upcoming auction opportunities on the OPIF Tax Credit page
OPIF Tax Credit Statutes from HB 3672
Spokane is located on the eastern edge of Washington where sunshine mixes with a myriad of rural and urban settings. From historic neighborhoods to quaint western towns, rugged mountains to pristine lakes, national forests, raging rivers and miles of winding roads though golden waves of wheat... the Inland Northwest is a perfect location for productions of every type and every size. Within the region you'll find historic buildings and ultra modern architecture. Tumble-down barns along with 21st century farm equipment. Luxurious resorts border rustic ranches. "Wherever you turn, there's something great to shoot" a location manager commented recently.
An experienced production workforce makes your project easy and affordable, with talented location managers, producers, directors and trade professionals who call our region home for its quality of life and easy access to creative projects. Additional crews and equipment are available from Seattle, a short 35 minute flight or four hour drive from Spokane, but a world away in terms of cost and workability.
The Spokane Film Office will make your location scouting easy with 24-hour turnaround upon request for preliminary location photos, permit applications and more. In fact, we regularly provide same day digital photo service, posting location options on the web to make scouting a breeze and minimize your pre-production costs. Our film friendly city and region offer new, simplified permitting as well as reasonably priced services, making eastern Washington and the Inland Northwest a great choice for your next project.
This local incentive program pays an agreed-upon amount to qualifying production companies in return for specific promotional commitments to the St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida, area. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $250,000.
Recent films to utilize this incentive are Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Random Tropical Paradise, and Paying Mr. McGetty.
Attract filmmakers to Pinellas County
Increase the length of stay of filmmakers and out-of-town crews
Increase the number of room nights occupied by crews
Generate a favorable profile of this area among decision-makers within the filmmaking industry and media content creators. The county and a production company will evaluate destination exposure, resort tax revenue, and how the area may be promoted as a filmmaking region. Upon agreement, and a contract, the county will pay the production company the agreed upon amount.
Destination exposure may be evaluated partly or entirely upon the following criterion:
Portrayal of the destination
References to the destination in the story
Featuring natural attractions, landmarks or significant key locations
Citing in the film's credits, as agreed between the film commission and film producers
Appearances or testimonials from film or TV principals on behalf of the area for use on our website.
Taped testimonials or discussion of the destination on the DVD by director, producers and/or talent
Partnerships on joint public relations campaigns for film promotion
Film premiere marketing and hosting opportunities
St. Pete/Clearwater is part of the greater Tampa Bay production center, thus offering the wide resources of a metropolitan region as well as the amenities of a close community.
The film commission participates in direct marketing and trade missions at major film markets, festivals and tradeshows in North America and Internationally. Film SPC supports local signature Film Festivals. These events showcase the area to out-of-town Producers and Filmmakers helping to bring new production to the area. Additionally these events are a major tourism draw for the St. Pete Clearwater area.
Film SPC fosters industry development with free workshops, an online production guide and location database. The Film Commission is focused on creating Branded Digital Media Content and Industry Development of in-Destination Digital Media Content for YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, Amazon, and other digital platforms.
All productions needing a permit can easily apply online at our website. Film SPC helps productions find locations, crew and all needed support services.
Film SPC has a local film incentive program. Film, TV, digital media, music videos and more are eligible for the development marketing partnerships. The goal of the incentive is to provide exclusive destination exposure for St. Pete/Clearwater as an area with a growing reputation for filmmaking and television programming, great locations, and excellent crew and equipment resources. Without a State Film Incentive Program, the focus is on Feature Films under $1 million, Digital Projects, Web series and high profile Music Videos. Larger film budgets can benefit by shooting a portion of the film in the area and still receive the incentive.
St. Petersburg Clearwater is a blue-sky, sun-drenched getaway home to 35 miles of white sand beaches, including TripAdvisor's No. 1 Beach in 2016. Off the beach is St. Pete, named one of the Top 52 Places to Visit in 2014 by The New York Times---in large part because of its world-class art scene, which features the acclaimed Dali Museum and Chihuly Collection.
The Film Tax Credit Program provides incentives to qualified production companies that produce feature films, television series, relocated television series, television pilots, films for television, and/or incur post-production costs associated with the original creation of these productions.
Eligible production can receive refundable credit of up to 30% of production costs incurred in New York State.
Additional credit may be available for productions with budgets over $500,000 in select NYS Counties.
The following guidelines are required to qualify for NYS Film Tax Credit Program:
Production must be a feature length film, television series, or television pilot. Productions with budgets of $15 million or more and owned by a publically traded entity must shoot 10% of principal photography shooting days at a qualified production facility. (Television Pilots, and independent productions with budgets of $15 million or less are exempt from this rule)
Television Pilots must film a minimum of one day of principal photography at a QPF. Productions with budgets of $15 million or less and independently operated must film a minimum of one day at qualified production facility. If a production will be filming at multiple production facilities, then 75% of total incurred costs related to filming at production facilities must be incurred at qualified production facility. If QPF requirements are met the following requirements must be met to qualify for pre-production, production, and post-production credit:
If expenditures at QPF total $3 million or less, then 75% of location shoot days (shoot days not filmed in a production facility) must be filmed in New York State. If expenditures at QPF total more than $3millon then all qualified expenditures incurred during production in New York State are eligible for credit. Detailed information and applications can be located
Huntington Beach is a Film Friendly Community, and because of that we've taken measures to ensure that your filmmaking process is a smooth, efficient, and enjoyable one.
Our ten miles of coastline offers a variety of amazing looks - from our beautiful municipal pier to the rocky cliffs of dog beach. We allow cars on the beach for driving shots, have ample coastal parking, and of course, we're the perfect spot to film a surf scene. But there's much more than just the beaches! We invite you to browse through the many location galleries available on our website; we think you'll be surprised by what you find!
The Huntington Beach Film Commission is proud to offer free assistance to film, television, photographic and commercial productions working within the City. With an understanding of the filming process and a thorough knowledge of Huntington Beach, we help productions take advantage of a City that has much to offer filmmakers.
Tennessee has a professionally trained production base. You'll have access to production services, studio facilities and post-production facilities to accommodate every budget. Tennessee's entertainment sector also benefits from a long list of nationally recognized companies such as Creative Artist Agency, William Morris Endeavor, City National Bank, Sony's Affirm Films, Scripps Networks Interactive and Regal Cinemas.
And we're in this for the long haul. We have the education pipeline in place to produce a sustainable workforce for both film and television production. There are 73 different production-specific programs offered at 35 institutions across the state.
Tennesseans don't have to move to Los Angeles or New York to learn and work in the film and television industry. More and more, it's the other way around.
Our area includes the beautiful Cascades Mountains with lush forests and spartan lava fields, wild and scenic rivers, verdant wineries, rural, suburban and small-city urban areas, Oregon Coastal Dunes, forests, dramatic cliffs and wide sandy beaches.
Our region is home to over 75 widely diverse cities and towns, all easily accessible by the RDU International Airport, several smaller executive airports, and a well developed highway and state road system. Four major universities â€" Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State University, NC Central University, and fifteen private and community colleges call the Triangle home. We also include the historic national golf resort of Pinehurst, the site of more championships than any other golf course in the country, including multiple US Opens. And, the renowned Durham Bulls Baseball Club and the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL are located here.
Tulare County is home to 80 percent of the Giant Sequoias that grow within the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The Governor's Motion Picture Opportunity Fund provides a grant or rebate to qualified projects. A separate tax credit fund provides refundable tax credits for qualified production.
Additional state incentives include an exemption from state sales tax, as well as an exemption from hotel taxes for stays of 30 days or more in some localities. In most cases, state-owned locations (including an historic backlot) are provided free of charge. The Film Office assists in negotiating other free or low cost locations that have historically resulted in significant savings to productions shooting in the state.
The District of Columbia Film, Television and Entertainment Rebate Fund is administered by the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME) subject to the District of Columbia Film Television and Entertainment Fund Act of 2016 (D.C. Law 21-0081).
The goal of the Film DC Economic Incentive Fund Program is to encourage the use of the District of Columbia as a site for the production of film, television, interactive, and digital video content; support media industry infrastructure projects; and create opportunities for District residents to have access to creative economy jobs.
Subject to the availability of funds, the DC Film Television and Entertainment Rebate Fund may provide an eligible program awardee up to the following:
- The sum of 35% of the company's qualified production expenditures that are subject to taxation in the District;
- The sum of 21% of the company's qualified production expenditures that are not subject to taxation in the District;
- The sum of 30% of the company's qualified personnel expenditures that are subject to taxation in the District;
- The sum of 10% of the company's qualified personnel expenditures that are not subject to taxation in the District;
- The sum of 50% of the company's qualified job training expenditures; and
- The sum of 25% of the company's base infrastructure investment; provided the facility is used for purposes related to media production or postproduction activities.
To qualify, an approved applicant must spend at least $250,000 in the District of Columbia on qualified expenditures, and not be delinquent in any tax obligation owed to the District of Columbia.
Any program applications received on or after March 9, 2016 that are accepted into the program will be governed by the terms of the new law.
Any questions regarding the new law should be directed to the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment Rebate Fund Administration team at FilmDC.Incentive@dc.gov or call (202) 727-6608.
We have a tremendous diversity of locations. When you're in West Michigan, you're just minutes from windswept beaches, gritty urban environments, dense forests, rivers, race tracks (stock car AND horse tracks) and period-ready storefronts and streetscapes. It's all right here.
Designed to recruit business prospects to film in West Virginia and to hire West Virginia labor, this program provides eligible business prospects an opportunity to receive a tax credit (transferable) for 27% or 31% of their qualified in-state expenditures for filming in West Virginia. Funded at $5 million annually (July 1-June 30), there are no caps per project and the minimum spend is one of the lowest in the nation at $25,000. Eligible projects include feature length films, TV films and series, commercials, music videos, and commercial still photography. Complete details are available at www.wvfilm.com/incentives.
State Sales Tax Exemptions
Purchases and rentals of tangible personal property and purchases of services directly used in production are exempt from state sales tax (excluding food, beverages, motor fuel). To receive this exemption, registration with the Tax Department is required, and with the exception of Sole Proprietors, all vendors must also register with the Secretary of State. To apply for this exemption with the Tax Department, complete the Direct Pay Permit available for download at www.wvfilm.com/incentives.
River On Demand (TM)
Ever wanted to control the flow of a river? RIVER ON DEMAND (TM) is your answer. The flow of the Gauley River can be modulated to suit production every November. A complimentary service made possible by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, safety issues take precedence and advance planning and notice are required. Contact the West Virginia Film Office to assist with arrangements.
Fee Free Locations
State-Owned or City- or County-Owned Properties: Many state-owned or city- or county-owned properties are fee-free, although depending on circumstances, cost recovery charges may be applied. And depending on the nature of the request, a location fee may be assessed. Permits and proof of liability insurance are required. To maximize cooperation, all filming requests should be first submitted to the Film Office to ensure navigation of the appropriate channels of communication.
The WVFO staff is your best resource to help make your filming a success, whether it be for a feature film, television series, music video, or commercial. We utilize an established statewide, film friendly network of governmental agencies, local business leaders and community representatives to ensure all channels of communication are properly navigated and production challenges are quickly resolved.
Complimentary services include: Connections to the state's skilled workforce and business service providers; Acting as a liaison among governmental agencies, community and business leaders, and property owners; Scouting locations and preparing photo packages; Securing site access and assisting with permits; Coordinating itineraries and assisting with mapping and augmented research; Maneuvering the process for participating in the film tax incentive program; and Providing media assistance when needed.
- The topography is varied and the horizons are vast
- The communities are supportive and the people are kind
- Kansas is a right-to-work state with hard-working crew and cast
- Ease of transportation from one location to the next
- All seasons for all settings
- America's centralized melting pot of food, fun and folks
- Historical re-enactors with authentic handmade apparel and props
- All things city life to down home country living-from urbanites to cowgirls
Where to film in Wichita:
- Inner City
- Small Towns
- Farms and Ranches
- Flint Hills
- Gypsum Hills
- Old Cowtown Museum
Wichita film permits:
In the state of Kansas, no state permits required. In the City of Wichita, no permits are required. However, we recommend that you check with surrounding communities departments of safety or city hall for details on local ordinances. For those planning to use children, we recommend reviewing Kansas child labor laws.
Permits and filming resources for Mariposa County can be obtained by contacting us and we can help facilitate permits for any areas within Mariposa County that are managed by Yosemite National Park.
For more information about Yuma as a filming location, contact the Yuma Visitors Bureau at 928-376-0100.