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State Film Commissions Guide: Utah

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire July 15, 2013 at 12:49PM

State Film Commissions Guide: Utah

Utah State Film Commission Monument Valley, San Juan County, Utah
What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state? Up to 25 % fully refundable, pre-approved, post performance tax credit; Sales and Use tax exemption; Production friendly hotels; Affordable permit fees

What tax credits are available for productions in your state? 15, 20 or 25% fully refundable pre-approved post performance tax credit based on the minimum spend requirements of either $200,000 or 1 million dollars. The 25% may be achieved by hiring at least 85% of the cast and crew from Utah minus eight exemptions.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about? Salt Lake City, Moab, Monument Valley, St. George, Kanab, The Bonneville Salt Flats, The Wasatch Mountains, Ogden and Park City, Antelope Island.

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about? Converted warehouse space in South Salt Lake "Silverstate Suppliers"

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation? We support both Union and non-union work with three full "A" crews available.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state? "Cloud Nine"-Disney Channel Original Movie, "Granite Flats"-PBS TV Series, "Gold Fever"-Discovery Channel, "Aquabats" TV series-Hub Network, "The Lone Ranger"-Walt Disney Company, "After Earth"-Sony

Utah State Film Commission The Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele County, Utah
What cities have their own film commissions in your state? St. George, Moab, Kanab, Utah Valley, Park City, Heber, Ogden, Davis County

How many productions shot in your state last year? 21

What should filmmakers do if they're interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions? Call 801-538-8740 ask for Mimi Davis Taylor or Derek Mellus, Producer Services Executives

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