The Film & Television Tax Credit

Helping California Compete

California’s film 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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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.

“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. It’s a shame.”
“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 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.”
Cathryn Blum, Small Business Owner, San Francisco, CA
“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.”
Christopher Vail, IATSE Member, Oak Park, CA
“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 I don’t have the means to up and move, chasing incentives around the world.”
James Mathers, Filmmaker, CA
“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

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