Where Will They Help You With $$$ For Your Film In The USA?

Entertainment Partners publishes a regular newsletter on the state of the film tax incentives both here and abroad.  If you don't get it, you should.  But if you don't, this super helpful grid was included in the last newsletter:

State by State Funds Available
as of October 1, 2012

 

Alabama $15,000,000 through September 30, 2013
Alaska $22,000,000 available through June 30, 2013
Arkansas Funds are available, check with the film office for details
California No funds available through June 30, 2013
Colorado $3,500,000 available through June 30, 2013
Connecticut No cap
District of Columbia Program is not funded
Florida Funds are available, check with the film office for queue details
Georgia No cap
Hawaii No cap
Illinois No cap
Kansas $1,800,000 available through December 31, 2012
Kentucky No cap
Louisiana No cap
Maine No cap
Maryland No funds available through June 30, 2013
Massachusetts No cap
Michigan $58,000,000 available through September 30, 2013
Minnesota $42,442 available through June 30, 2013
Mississippi $18,800,000 available through June 30, 2013
Missouri $4,500,000 available through December 31, 2012
Montana No cap for the tax credit program; $850,000 available for the grant program through June 30, 2013
New Jersey No funds available through June 30, 2013
New Mexico Funds are available, check with the film office for details
New York Funds are available, check with the film office for details
North Carolina No cap
Ohio $19,000,000 available through June 30, 2013
Oklahoma No funds available through June 30, 2014
Oregon No funds available through June 30, 2013
Pennsylvania No funds available through June 30, 2013
Puerto Rico $38,000,000 available through June 30, 2013
Rhode Island $12,000,000 available through December 31, 2012
South Carolina $11,000,000 available through June 30, 2013
Tennessee $1,200,000 available through June 30, 2013
Texas Funds are available, check with the film office for details
Utah No funds available for the rebate; $11,400,000 available for the tax credit program through June 30, 2013
Virginia Funds are available, check with the film office for details
Washington No funds available through December 31, 2012; $3,500,000 becomes available on January 1, 2013
West Virginia $9,000,000 available through June 30, 2013
Wisconsin $500,000 available through June 30, 2013
Wyoming $1,800,000 available through June 30, 2013

 

Of course you still have to follow the proper procedures, and the incentives vary from state by state, but it is helpful to know where the money is.

Can We Help Fund Your Great Project?

I wouldn't have been so excited to become the Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society if it didn't have the support from Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants support feature narrative films that through plot, character, theme or setting explore human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time. This is NOT a documentary grant.

This bold, unprecedented initiative helps realize the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s visionary goals at the same time as it consolidates the Film Society’s position as a national leader in support of cinematic work that celebrates humanity in all its variety and vitality. “The Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s mission is to fund inspiring, world-changing work,” said Jennifer Rainin, KRF founder and president. “We are thrilled to partner with the San Francisco Film Society to harness the power and influence of film for positive social change and to support the vibrant Bay Area film community.”

The grants, which run 2009–13, is awarded in the spring and fall of each year.  It is more than just a cash grant (more than just money!).  Read about the grants here.  And read about the Kenneth Rainin Foundation here.

WILDFIRE POST-PRODUCTION SOUND GRANT

Film Independent is now accepting submissions for the Wildfire Post-Production Sound Grant, a complimentary Sound Mix provided by Wildfire Post-Production Studios on a feature film project selected by Film Independent Artist Development.

To be eligible, applicants must be either Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival or Spirit Awards nominees/winners. Film Independent will award this grant on or before November 1, 2012.

Sound Package includes:

  • 4 Weeks Supervising Sound Editorial
  • 8 Hours ADR Recording
  • 2 Days Foley Recording
  • 45 Hours Final Mix
  • 9 Hours Final Mix Playback and Fixes
  • 9 Hours Printmaster
  • Sound Deliverables provided on Firewire Drive

Value of services: $40,000. Fulfillment of services is to be scheduled anytime before March 31, 2013, with the exception of the month of January 2013.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be the director or producer of a feature – narrative or documentary – that is in the rough cut stage.
  • Applicants must be either (a) alumni of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs; (b) alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival; (c) a past Spirit Award Nominee or Winner; or (d) solicited by Film Independent.
  • All submitted films must be feature length.
  • Applicants must be current Film Independent members.

How to Apply – Applications open September 12, 2012

To be considered for the Wildfire Post Production Sound Grant, qualifying filmmakers must apply on the Film Independent website. Applicants must complete the online application form, which includes:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the award
  • Detailed written plan outlining the filmmaker’s post-production process and timeline
  • Budget and detailed outline of funds raised to date
  • Project status and history, including any awards the script has won, talent development programs the project has been developed in, etc.
  • Logline and synopsis
  • Bios of key cast and crew attached
  • Rough cut or final cut of the film on DVD or via URL
  • $35 application fee

Application deadline: October 1, 2012

DVD of the film (rough cut or final cut) must be received by October 8, 2012

Selection Criteria

Film Independent employs the following guidelines in making its selections:

  • Overall quality of the film
  • Strength of post production plan
  • Uniqueness of vision
  • Original, provocative subject matter
  • Well-conceived plan for how to use the award

Overseeing the Award

Film Independent staff will select the winner of the award, oversee the administration of the award to the winning filmmaker and will monitor the services rendered.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jennifer Kushner, Director of Artist Development: jkushner@filmindependent.org