The Film & Television Tax Credit

Helping California Compete

California’s motion picture industry is a state treasure. Not only are its products one of America’s most marketable exports, the industry is a worldwide cultural touchstone, a small business incubator, and a magnet for state tourism. Combined, the industry supports more than 190,000 direct jobs and $17 billion in wages in California.

Last year, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a $1.6 billion jobs bill to upgrade the state’s Film & Television Tax Credit. Leveling the playing field and helping the state compete, it sends a signal to filmmakers worldwide that California means show business.

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California Film Commission Announces First Projects Retained via California’s Newly Expanded Film & Television Tax Credit Program

Ending months of anticipation about the potential impact of California’s new $330 million Film & Television Tax Credit Program, the California Film Commission (CFC) today identified the first 11 television projects that will receive credit […]

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California Film and Television Alliance Issues Statement on the Passage of the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act

Today, on September 18, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1839 (Gatto/Bocanegra), the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, into law. Governor Brown signed the bill into law before a […]

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Californians Share Their Support

Film Works has attracted the support of more than 22,00 people from all across California, including filmmakers, state and local policymakers, small business owners, educators, and others. Together, we are determined to keep California the entertainment production capital of the world.

“This is still the best place in the world to make movies. It has the best resources, great weather and talented people. It would be a shame to look back in a decade or two and realize that we let part of the California legacy slip through our fingers. It also seems a huge economic blunder to let an industry that generates so much income by creating jobs, local spending and tourism, filter off to do business in other states and countries. I am hopeful that California’s leaders will realize before it’s too late, that a large slice of California’s prestige and economic well-being is at risk here and strive to help our local industry thrive again.”
Christopher Vail, IATSE Member, Oak Park, CA
“I have worked in the film industry in Northern California, as a location scout and manager, since the 1980s. Our business has changed dramatically, and the challenge of keeping production in California is directly affected by Film Tax Incentives. The incentives need to be strong enough to be competitive with other states’ programs so that those of us ‘below-the-line’ workers, who pay taxes in the state of California, are able to survive.”
Cathryn Blum, Small Business Owner, San Francisco, CA
“I have worked in the industry as either a line producer or unit production manager for over 25 years and it is sad to see the business of major motion picture production erode and almost become extinct in California as other states and countries step up and take all the work out of town. We have the best crews and conditions in the world for making movies and we have rested on our laurels for too long. How can Canada, England, Georgia, Louisiana and New York continue to give decent incentives and California not even try to compete? I truly believe that we are on the brink of losing this business.”
“I’m involved at the decision making level on where films get made. A competitive rebate is essential.”
Clayton Townsend, DGA Member, Los Angeles, CA
“We have supplied the film industry for over 20 years, and now we have lost 25% of our business. We are truly hurting.”
Steve Villasenor, Small Business Owner, Vernon, CA
“My home is California. My family lives in California. My two kids attend school in California. Yet, my work as a director has almost exclusively been done OUTSIDE of California. My last motion picture was almost entirely a studio-based shoot. It had a budget in excess of $100 million. My producers, key crew and I all WANTED to stay home and spend that money in California. But we spent most of it in Louisiana because their incentives for film were better. We imported all of our key cast and crew. We rented homes. Paid for flights from LA and disrupted the family life of dozens and dozens of film crew. And still Louisiana was cheaper. It’s a shame. My next film, which could also shoot in California, will probably shoot in South Africa for the same reasons. And worse, because I will be employed there for more than six months, I will pay my taxes there.”
“I am a filmmaker who grew up in the business as a child actor in Los Angeles, and moved behind the camera over 35 years ago. I am a member of SAG, IATSE, and a business owner. I have had a healthy career, but now there is no work to be found, and I don’t have the means to up and move, chasing incentives around the world.”
James Mathers, Filmmaker, CA

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