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State Film Commissions Guide: Pennsylvania

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 12:56PM

State Film Commissions Guide: Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania State Film Commission
What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? Hotel Occupancy Sales Tax Exemption: In Pennsylvania, the hotel occupancy tax is exempt for feature film productions when hotel stays are in excess of 30 days. 


What tax credits are available for productions in your state? Pennsylvania offers a 25% Tax Credit to films that spend at least 60% of their total production budget in the Commonwealth. Projects eligible for Film Tax Credits under the Program are: the production of a feature film, a television film, a television talk or game show series, a television commercial, a television pilot or each episode of a television series intended as a programming for a national audience.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Pennsylvania has 10 regions that feature just about anything you could write in a screenplay. Romantic bed and breakfasts? Big city action? The cozy little towns that can transport you to another era? Free Use of State-Owned Property: Except for extraordinary activities, no department or agency of the commonwealth may charge a fee or other cost (except the actual costs incurred by the affected department or agency) for the use of state-owned property for the purpose of making commercial motion pictures.


Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Commonwealth has two major studios - Sun Center Studio in the Philadelphia region and 31st Street Studio in Pittsburgh region.


What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? We have crews across the state working in the film industry. We have union representatives in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia regions.

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable? We have experience professional vendors across the Commonwealth all ready to work on the next production.

Pennsylvania State Film Commission


What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? "Silver Lining Playbook," "Jack Reacher," "Political Animals"


What cities have their own film commissions in your state? Pittsburgh and Philadelphia


How many productions shot in your state last year? 19 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? Janice Collier, Email: jacollier@pa.gov or Tel: 717-720-1312


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