San Francisco Film Incentive Helps Increase Production Activity

San Francisco Film Incentive Helps Increase Production Activity

from: FilmWorksLA.com

The editorial board at The San Francisco Examiner is calling for an extension of the city’s film rebate program.  The program, which began in 2006, allows qualifying productions a refund on all of their payroll tax and city fees up to $600,000.  With the help of the city’s incentive, “there was a 26 percent increase in the number of films, TV shows and commercials shot in The City in 2010″:

While the streets of San Francisco remain highly visible in many movies and television shows, it takes more than just good looks these days to attract filmmakers to San Francisco. That is why The City’s film rebate program needs to be renewed in this upcoming budget cycle.

According to statistics provided by The City’s Film Commission, the filming of TV shows and movies in San Francisco peaked in 1999. Part of that decline stems from the tax incentives offered by competing filmmaking locations…

To combat the decline of moviemaking in San Francisco, the Film Commission started its own incentive program in 2006….

All indicators suggest this program has worked in luring productions back to San Francisco. According to the Film Commission, there was a 26 percent increase in the number of films, TV shows and commercials shot in The City in 2010.

That business was more than worth the $1.5 million The City has spent since 2006 to lure it here. In the 2010-11 fiscal year, film productions spent an estimated $56.23 million on labor, hotel accommodations, supplies and other costs, according to Film Commission statistics. Some $158,500 was spent on city permits alone. Film productions that received rebates have spent $40 million in The City since then.

Such productions also create local jobs. Since 2006, the Film Commission estimates, 1,135 San Francisco residents have been employed in film productions, bringing in $12.5 million in wages.

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