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State Film Commissions Guide: Minnesota

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 12:50PM

State Film Commissions Guide: Minnesota
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Mickey's Dining Car in downtown St. Paul
Minnesota State Film Commission Mickey's Dining Car in downtown St. Paul
What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? Minnesota has a lower cost of living than either coast. There are no lodging taxes after 30 days. Our production incentive is a cash rebate and typically paid out within 60 days of production completion. Location fees are minimal. The Twin Cities are approximately halfway between LA and New York and easily accessible. There are daily, nonstop flights to MPLS-St. Paul International Airport to just about every major city in the world. Minnesota also has two additional international airports (Duluth and Rochester) and six other regional airports.


What tax credits are available for productions in your state? Snowbate is a reimbursement of 15% to 20% of Minnesota production expenditures. The incentive is available to qualified feature films, TV pilots, documentaries, post production and internet programs.
Program information and rules may be found at www.mnfilmtv.org/incentives/snowbate/

There are also additional incentives offered by other regions in our state. More information at www.mnfilmtv.org/incentives

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Minnesota has urban, suburban, small town and rural locations with a wide range of seasonal looks and topography. There's farmland, prairie, lakes, forests, Main Street, the rocky Lake Superior shoreline and the urban sensibility of the Twin Cities. Minnesota also boasts four distinct seasons.



Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Yes, there are a number of studios and sound stages within minutes of downtown and throughout the state. You can find more information at crew.mnfilmtv.org



What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? Minnesota is the second largest theater community behind New York City. This facilitates a large community of professional actors who also work in commercials, features, TV and corporate productions.

Our hard-working crew is comprised of talented professionals, both union and non-union, with LA and NYC experience.

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable? Our vendors are up to date with the latest camera, lighting and grip equipment. We have recording studios and sound stages, set and prop builders and multiple post production and effects facilities. For more information and a listing: crew.mnfilmtv.org

The Kirkbride Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls
Minnesota State Film Commission The Kirkbride Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls



What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? "A Serious Man," "Thin Ice," "Lumpy," "Stay Then Go."

There are also a number of national cable television series that are produced in Minnesota.



What cities have their own film commissions in your state? Upper Minnesota Film Office located in Duluth



How many productions shot in your state last year? 5

What should filmmakers do if they're interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions? Please call our office at 612-767-0095



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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