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State Film Commissions Guide: Illinois

State Film Commissions Guide: Illinois

What are some of the greatest financial perks of filming in your state?
Illinois Film Production Tax Credit Act offers producers a 30% credit for all
qualified expenditures applicable beginning on the year of issuance. Unused tax
credit may be executed up to 5 taxable years. Also, tax credits may be
transferred up to 10 transferees within one year and carried forward 5 years
from when originally issued by IFO. No cap exists in the amount of credit an
applicant can earn and for the overall program.

What tax credits are available for productions in your state?
incentive program offers a 25% production credit, a 25% payroll credit,
and a sales tax exemption. There are no annual or per project caps.

What are some of the locations in your state that filmmakers should know about?
Whether you’re looking for a quaint small town, inner-city grittiness, or 58 miles of sandy beaches, Illinois is rich in diverse locations. Chicago’s streets and skyscrapers, O’Hare International Airport, North Shore’s suburban neighborhoods, Union Station, Wrigley Field and the “L” transit system all have made way to the big screen. These iconic locations are just a few from our extensive locations library at the Illinois Film Office.

Are there studios and soundstages that the state hosts that filmmakers should know about?
Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, Chicago Studio City, Big Deahl Productions, Essanay Studio and Lighting Co., Resolution Digital Studios, Space Stage Studios, WTVP Digital Broadcast Center

What can you tell us about talented labor in your state? Do you have robust union representation?
There are a number of talented unions and guilds throughout Illinois. Some of which include, Teamsters (Local 727), Directors Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild, IATSE Studio Mechanics (Local 476), International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600), IATSE Theatrical Wardrobe (Local 769), IATSE United Scenic Artists (Local 829), IBEW (Local 1220), IATSE Projectionists and Video Technicians (Local 110), IATSE Stagehands (Local 2), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, IATSE (Local 482), IATSE (Local 780) and Teamsters (Local 714).

Are there deals that you have with equipment, craft service or other suppliers to make these services more affordable?
Yes, please see our production guide at http://www.illinois.gov/dceo/whyillinois/Film/Pages/default.aspx.

What are some of the recent productions that produced films in your state?

“Chicago Fire” Season 1, TV Series; “Dhoom 3” Feature Film; “At Any Price” Feature Film; “Boss” Season 1 and 2, TV Series; “Just Like A Woman” Independent Film; “Roundabout American” Independent Film; “Shameless” Season 2, TV Series; “Superman: Man of Steel” Feature Film; “Underemployed” TV Pilot and Series; “Drinking Buddies” Independent Film

What cities have their own film commissions in your state?
Chicago and Springfield

How many productions shot in your state last year?
235 during the year of 2012

What should filmmakers do if they’re interested in shooting a film in your state? Who should they contact if they have more questions?
For additional information, please contact Managing Director Betsy Steinberg at Betsy.Steinberg@Illinois.gov or 312-814-3600.

Interested in the incentives offered by other state film commissions?
Check out Indiewire’s full guide to state film commissions HERE.

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