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NC Film Incentive Sunset Date Extended

Jul 18, 2012

Program now scheduled to end January 1, 2015

RALEIGH — The sunset date for the film tax incentive offered to productions by the state of North Carolina has been extended an extra year.  Now set to expire on January 1, 2015, the film tax incentive offers a 25% refundable tax credit to production companies on their qualified in-state spend whose total spend is at least $250,000.

The extension of the sunset date was presented in Senate bill 847 and received bi-partisan support from both the Senate and the House on July 3.  The bill was signed by Governor Bev Perdue on July 17.

“We are excited to share this news with the industry and let them know that North Carolina continues to be a great location for their projects,” said North Carolina Film Office director Aaron Syrett.  “Our incentive remains one of the smartest in the business and when coupled with our talented crew base and variety of locations, we see this industry remaining strong in our state.”

Since the passage of the new 25% film incentive during the 2010 legislative session, North Carolina has seen a large boost in productions shooting in the state.  Productions spent over $240 million in-state in 2011—an increase of over 200% from the previous year—and created over 31,000 job opportunities for North Carolinians, including 4,300 positions for highly-skilled crew members.

The success of the revised tax incentive continues in 2012 as the state is experiencing unprecedented levels of production.  As of July, estimates show that in-state spending by productions has already exceeded $300 million, surpassing last year’s record breaking numbers, while creating over 3,400 highly-skilled crew member positions and over 12,500 talent and background talent opportunities.  Even more noteworthy is that these productions are taking place across every region of the state.

“These productions are providing a large economic impact throughout North Carolina while also creating well-paying jobs for many in the state,” Syrett added.

Productions that have filmed in North Carolina since the passage of the enhanced film incentive during the 2010 legislative year include the blockbuster features The Hunger Games, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Iron Man 3 and Safe Haven; the made-for-television movies Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning, Game Time: Tackling the Past, Hornet’s Nest, The Confession, and Mary & Martha; the independent features Arthur Newman Golf Pro, Writers, You Are Here; and the television series One Tree Hill, Golden Globe winner Homeland, and the new series Banshee for Cinemax and Revolution for NBC.

Established in 1980, the North Carolina Film Office (NCFO) is part of the state’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development within the Department of Commerce.  Its primary responsibilities are to recruit productions to the state by marketing the many assets—including the film incentive, crew base, infrastructure and locations statewide—North Carolina has to offer.  In addition, the NCFO assists productions with permitting and other logistics while filming in the state. 

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