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State Film Commissions Guide: Massachusetts


What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state?
Massachusetts provides filmmakers with a highly competitive package of tax incentives: a 25% production credit, a 25% payroll credit, and a sales tax exemption. Minimum qualified spend is $50,000. There are no annual or per project caps. All Above the Line and Below the Line qualifies, as long as 50% of the production days are filmed in Massachusetts.

What tax credits are available for productions in your state?
Our incentive program offers a 25% production credit, a 25% payroll credit, and a sales tax exemption. There are no annual or per project caps.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about?
Massachusetts has a wide variety of locations. Charming coastal towns and beaches; vibrant modern and multicultural cities; industrial and historic towns; mountain villages; college towns and world class museums. The rich textures and the authenticity of Massachusetts locations present filmmakers with as many wonderful backdrops as there are wonderful stories.

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about?
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts doesn’t own any stages, but new, state-of-the-art soundstages are near completion west of Boston.
Check out New England Studios for latest photos, contact information and lots more. 

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation?
Our workforce is strong and deep. We have been able to accommodate as many as eight major productions at a time. In addition, we have over 2,200 active SAG/AFTRA members.

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable?
Massachusetts has over 50 post production facilities and 150 film-specific businesses to help from development through post production. They can be found in our Production Guide.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state?
Massachusetts recently welcomed History Channel's "Hatfields & McCoys" TV pilot and "American Hustle", a feature directed by David O’ Russell. Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall star in a Warner Bros feature which begins principal photography at the end of May. Other recent projects include: Steve Carell in "The Way, Way, Back," Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in "Labor Day," and Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in a Fox comedy, "The Heat."

What cities have their own film commissions in your state?
There are two film bureaus - Boston and Quincy - four Film Offices in Falmouth, New Bedford, Cape Ann and Salem, MA.


How many productions shot in your state last year?
Massachusetts had the privilege of hosting nine major productions: two television pilots- "Gilded Lilys" and "Terminales," one MOW, "The Makeover," and six features, "Captain Phillips," "Labor Day," "Grown Ups 2," "The Way Way Back," "The Heat," and "Clear History."

What should filmmakers do if they're interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions?
Filmmakers who are interested in filming in Massachusetts should contact the Massachusetts Film Office at (617) 973-8400. We are happy to walk you through our robust and reliable tax incentive programs, help with all of your location needs, and navigate the logistics of your specific production. 

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

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