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State Film Commissions Guide: New Hampshire

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 12:53PM

State Film Commissions Guide: New Hampshire
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Stark, New Hampshire
New Hampshire Film Office/eJohn Waldron Stark, New Hampshire
What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? New Hampshire already has a unique, business-friendly economy. No broad based personal income tax, no sales tax, no use tax, no capital gains tax. There are no general filming permits required in New Hampshire. Locations are often available for a low fee, and many cost-prohibitive hurdles are typically quickly remedied with a conversation and a bit of Yankee ingenuity.


What tax credits are available for productions in your state? New Hampshire currently does not offer a tax incentive program for production.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? If indie filmmakers come to Concord, New Hampshire, in the center of the state, they are then literally only an hour away from diverse locations in every direction: our lakes and mountains to the north, the seacoast to the east, pastoral land to the west, and metropolitan areas to the south.



Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Indie filmmakers should check out Granite Media Center in our Lakes Region of the state. The facility is available for rent and contains office space, a commissary, a screening room, greenscreen studio, and studio space (120'x80') with loading docks and drive-in doors. See more at http://gmcnh.com. Other studio space can be found in our directory at http://nhfilmdirectory.com.



What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? New Hampshire has a growing crew base affiliated with IATSE Local 481 (Boston). The New England region is small enough where crew can come from multiple states and there is frequent overlap between New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable? The New Hampshire Film & Television office has partnered with a number of lodging properties throughout the state that are excited to offer discounts to independent filmmakers that offset New Hampshire's Meals & Rentals tax (and then some!)



What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? "In Your Eyes," "3 Days of Normal," "Brief Reunion," "Yellowbrickroad," "Mystery Team" 

Downtown Manchester
New Hampshire Film Office Downtown Manchester



What cities have their own film commissions in your state? None



How many productions shot in your state last year? 54 (features, shorts, photo 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? Contact Matt Newton, Director, at 603-271-2220 or email film@nh.gov.



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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