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State Film Commissions Guide: Michigan

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 12:47PM

State Film Commissions Guide: Michigan
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Michigan State Film Commission Au Sable Lighthouse
What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? Michigan has a dynamic and competitive incentive program in place for the film and digital media industry.



What tax credits are available for productions in your state? Michigan has an incentive of up to 35% on eligible Michigan expenditures. Michigan's incentive is not a tax credit. It is a direct cash payment once expenditures are approved and the audit review process is complete. Eligible projects include motion pictures, documentaries, television series, music videos, interactive games, Internet programming, Internet videos, sound recordings, digital animation, interactive websites and video games.


What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Michigan has incredibly diverse locations. It has doubled as Boston, Las Vegas, New York City, and Paris just to name a few. From the scenic shores of Lake Michigan to Detroit's turn-of-the-century architecture Michigan has the perfect location for any project. The Film Office also has a locations database with more than 78,000 photos representing more than 5,400 locations and offers personalize locations packages and two days of scouting.



Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Michigan offers an additional 3% incentive for work done at qualified facilities or post-production facilities in the state. A list of qualified facilities is available at www.michiganfilmmoffice.org.



What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? Michigan has built a reputation for its talented workforce. You will find crew all over the state. Michigan's largest crew base is in the southeastern part of the state and in metro Detroit, but you will also find crew in Grand Rapids and most city areas. Help find crew using the production directory on michigan.org. The Film Office also provides contact information for local Teamsters and IATSE offices.


What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? "Oz: The Great and Powerful," "Real Steel,"
"Ides of March," "The Five Year Engagement," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Black Sky"



What cities have their own film commissions in your state? Detroit, Ann Arbor, West Michigan, Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County

Detroit Woodward Edmund Church
Michigan State Film Commission Detroit Woodward Edmund Church



How many productions shot in your state last year? 13 incentivized projects


What should filmmakers do if they're interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions? Visit the Michigan Film Office website (www.michigan.org) for an FAQ on the incentive program and to download the incentive application.

For questions about applying for the incentive contact:
Selam Ghirmai - ghirmais@michigan.org

For questions about locations contact:
Tony Garcia - garciat@michigan.org



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: State Film Commissions Guide, Filmmaker Toolkit







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