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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.