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State Film Commissions Guide: Connecticut

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 12:51PM

State Film Commissions Guide: Connecticut
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"Amistad"  Mystic Seaport
Connecticut Office of Film
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 details.



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"
"Beneath"
"The Volunteer"
"The Midnight Game"
"Dead Souls"
"Pawn"
"Steve Nile’s Remains"

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



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


Essex Steam Train
Connecticut Office of Film Essex Steam Train

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.

What 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.



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


This article is related to: Filmmaker Toolkit, State Film Commissions Guide







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