For over 100 years, filmmakers and photographers have been selecting Columbia County as their visual backdrop. Columbia County NY is nestled between the Berkshire Mountain, MA and the Hudson River. Main Streets and villages with diverse architecture. Period farmhouse and contemporary homes nestled in the woods or on water. Generational farms with vast fields, small first generation farms specialized crops.
Our responsive team is dedicated to bringing more film and TV productions to the hundreds of film professionals, service providers and hospitality partners throughout our region. We offer diverse locations and are close to major metro areas like NYC, Boston and Montreal.
30% state wide for below the line with an additional 10% (40 total) in specific upstate counties. Post production tax credits start at 35% in Ulster County. Contact us at film firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
The Hudson Valley Film Commission is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization that promotes and creates sustainable economic development by supporting and attracting film, video and media production in the Hudson Valley and Catskill counties of Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster.
New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & TV Development
New York State offers several programs to the film and television industry in the form of tax credits and sales tax exemptions:
Film Production Credit program - 30% fully refundable tax credit on qualified production and post-production expenses incurred during production/post production in New York State.
Post Production Credit program - 30%-35% on qualified post-production expenses incurred in New York State. This program is for productions which are not eligible for the film production tax credit program.
Commercial Credit program - 5% on qualified production expenses for commercials and a 20% annual growth credit. Applications submitted annually.
Sales Tax Exemptions - Film production activities/expenses that are exempt from New York State sales tax.
First and foremost, we have one of the most successful, stable and attractive film incentives in the world. We've got great locations, from one-of-a-kind landmarks to unspoiled natural wonders and neighborhoods with character. We have one of the biggest talent pools on the planet and every production service you can name at your fingertips. We have over a dozen regional film offices across the state that are as dedicated to helping you produce good work as you are and state agencies and authorities who are committed to getting your job done. We will help you look beyond the obvious and connect you with any and every resource you could possibly need.
Our mission is as follows: To increase and maintain film and video production in the county; To be a central contact point for production companies and communicate information regarding local film procedures, permits and guidelines; and to serve as liaison with government departments and agencies, connect filmmakers with local communities, and assist in arranging for filming on public and private property.
The Film Tax Credit Program provides incentives to qualified production companies that produce feature films, television series, relocated television series, television pilots, films for television, and/or incur post-production costs associated with the original creation of these productions.
Eligible production can receive refundable credit of up to 30% of production costs incurred in New York State.
Additional credit may be available for productions with budgets over $500,000 in select NYS Counties.
The following guidelines are required to qualify for NYS Film Tax Credit Program:
Production must be a feature length film, television series, or television pilot. Productions with budgets of $15 million or more and owned by a publically traded entity must shoot 10% of principal photography shooting days at a qualified production facility. (Television Pilots, and independent productions with budgets of $15 million or less are exempt from this rule)
Television Pilots must film a minimum of one day of principal photography at a QPF. Productions with budgets of $15 million or less and independently operated must film a minimum of one day at qualified production facility. If a production will be filming at multiple production facilities, then 75% of total incurred costs related to filming at production facilities must be incurred at qualified production facility. If QPF requirements are met the following requirements must be met to qualify for pre-production, production, and post-production credit:
If expenditures at QPF total $3 million or less, then 75% of location shoot days (shoot days not filmed in a production facility) must be filmed in New York State. If expenditures at QPF total more than $3millon then all qualified expenditures incurred during production in New York State are eligible for credit. Detailed information and applications can be located
From the historic architecture garnishing our villages and towns to the sweeping white sand beaches and barrier islands that form part of the Atlantic coast, one may find few places on earth that offer the geographic and architectural diversity found on Long Island's Eastern End. Moviemaking has been in our blood since 1902 when Biograph studios began filming here. There aren't many better prepared or more willing than Suffolk County to help make your production a success.
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