State Film Commissions Guide: Colorado

State Film Commissions Guide: Colorado

What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? The new Colorado Film Incentive program offers a 20% cash rebate for
production costs taking place in the state. The incentive program
covers feature films, television pilots, television series (broadcast
and cable), television commercials, music videos, industrials,
documentaries, video game design and creation, and other forms of
content creation. Qualified local expenditures include ATL and BTL
salaries so long as income taxes are paid in Colorado.
Bonded productions are eligible to have 100% of their projected rebate
escrowed up front with the bond company, which can be used to cash-flow
the production.
An additional component of the new incentive is a loan guarantee program
with the State guaranteeing up to 20% of a production’s total budget.
This program is only available to bonded feature films. A production may
be eligible for both the performance-based incentive and the loan
guarantee programs.

What tax credits are available for productions in your state? A 20% cash rebate on qualified Colorado expenditures.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Colorado features over 50 14’ers (mountain peaks over 14,000 ft.),
awe-inspiring natural beauty of the dramatic red rocks landscape, an
expanding grape growing region, farm lands of the Eastern Plains, the
tallest sand dunes in the nation, and white water rafting. Colorado is
proud of its diverse architecture. Colorado locations include the world
famous historic Mesa Verde cliff dwellings, modern skyscrapers,
buildings designed by internationally known architects and small rural
period towns. On the transportation front Colorado features historic
railroads, modern light rail systems, superhighways, dirt roads,
straight-aways, and switchbacks sweeping through majestic purple peaks.

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Colorado has numerous privately owned post-production houses and soundstages available for rent.

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? Colorado is a right-to-work state, with a robust, talented workforce.

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable? The Colorado Film Commission has relationships with numerous vendors,
hotels, and communities across the state. Please inquire about
assistance and we can accommodate on a case by case basis.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? “The Lone Ranger,” “Away We Go,” “Catch & Release,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”

What cities have their own film commissions in your state? Boulder, Colorado Springs, Estes Park, Telluride, Glenwood
Springs/Aspen, Gunnison/Crested, Steamboat Springs, Southeastern
Colorado/ Sante Fe Trail, Southern Colorado, Northwest Colorado, Four
Corners area

How many productions shot in your state last year? 12

should filmmakers do if they’re interested in shooting a film in your
state? Who should they contact if they have more questions?
Contact the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media at 303-892-3840 or

in the incentives offered by other state film commissions? Check out
Indiewire’s full guide to state film commissions HERE.

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