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State Film Commissions Guide: Connecticut

State Film Commissions Guide: Connecticut

What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? Connecticut has three film-related tax credit programs which has spurred
over $1 billion in production spending since their inception.
Additionally, the state offers sales tax exemptions on certain materials
and equipment used in film and video production; hotel occupancy tax is
waived for stays beyond 30 consecutive days. There is also an Angel
Investor Tax Credit Program for Connecticut residents investing in film
or digital media projects.

What tax credits are available for productions in your state? Connecticut offers a production tax credit of 10-30% for film,
television, commercials, documentaries, websites, and digital media
projects spending at least $100,000 in the state. Above the Line
expenses are qualified. In addition, there is a Digital Animation
Production Company tax credit for companies producing animated content
with at least 250 full-time employees in state. Connecticut also offers
a 20% infrastructure tax credit for facilities and equipment used for
film and digital media production.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about?
One of Connecticut’s greatest location assets is Mystic Seaport. This 20
acre historic village complete with several tall ships has been a “back
lot” to productions for more than 25 years. Additionally Mystic Seaport
is only minutes from Sonalysts Studios in Waterford, the state’s
largest sound stages. Yale University is the most film friendly of all
the Ivy League institutions. Yale even has its own film liaison office.
Connecticut has two period excursion Rail Roads, the Essex Valley RR in
Essex and the Railroad Museum of North America (AKA the Naugatuck Valley
RR) in Thomaston. Both railroads have appeared in numerous feature film
and commercial productions.

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Yes, there are film stages and commercial facilities of varying size and
capability throughout the state. Additionally there are several
multiple-stage film studio projects actively in development. Many
feature films have also utilized retrofit warehouses in place of stage
space. Please contact the Connecticut Office of Film for further

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? Connecticut shares its crew base with New York. The NY IATSE Local has a
five state jurisdiction which includes Connecticut and 3400 members.

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable? Our generous tax incentive program allows qualified film,
television and digital media projects to earn an up to 30% tax credit on
all instate equipment, services and supplies.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? Feature Film:
“Untitled Elmore Leonard Project”
“After the Fall”
“Something Whispered”
“Hope Springs”
“The Big Wedding”
“Untitled Christian Carmargo Project”
“Hello I Must Be Going”
“The Volunteer”
“The Midnight Game”
“Dead Souls”
“Steve Nile’s Remains”

Television Series:
“All My Children”
“One Life to Live”
“The Jerry Springer Show”
“The Steve Wilkos Show”
“The Big C”
“The People’s Court”
“Are We There Yet?”
“Lara Spenser’s Flea Market Flip”

What cities have their own film commissions in your state? New London Film Commission, Farmington Valley Film Commission, New Milford Film Commission and Southbury Film Commission

How many productions shot in your state last year? 56 projects in 2012 including 14 episodic, talk-show or digital media
series. Currently several feature films and television series are
considering Connecticut for their new production hubs.

should filmmakers do if they’re interested in shooting a film in your
state? Who should they contact if they have more questions?
Connecticut welcomes your next project. Filmmakers should contact the
Connecticut Office of Film, Television & Digital Media. Our team of
professionals will assist you in identifying ideal locations, local
resources and talent; serve as your liaison with public and private
interests; and guide you through our tax credit programs every step of
the way.

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

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CT Filmmaker

Well this is already outdated information, unfortunately … Connecticut just voted to end their film tax credit for any film that doesn't shoot at least 25% of their movie on a Connecticut soundstage that is 1) built after July 1, 2013 and 2) built with at least $25 million of private investment. Seriously.

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