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Having lost an opportunity to host another “Oblivion”-type motion picture project and with commercial shoots on the downswing, Mono County is fighting back.
In a strongly worded letter to the State Assembly, the county’s Tourism and Film Commission said this past week that it would support a state assembly bill called the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act.
The bill, which was to move to a floor vote this week, would extend tax incentives to keep big-budget film projects from fleeing California.the local economy, according to the commission.
Industry supporters are pushing for an expansion of the state’s incentive program and say that the initial figure is likely to be more in line with New York’s incentive program, which allocates $420 million per year to producers.
Other provisions of the legislation include offering an additional 5 percent increase in the tax credit for filming done outside of the Los Angeles zone.
The current credit amount is 20 percent.
Little spoke directly to the lost opportunity recently—a film called “Crazy for the Storm.”
“Our county recently lost a major feature film—based on a true story and set in both the mountains and beaches of California—to New Mexico because the funding in the current tax credit program cannot support all the qualified applications.”
Little said there is an “added incentive” to the bill for filming outside the L.A. area to support increased production for the entire state, and which would directly drive projects to rural locations such as Mono County.
“This will bolster our economic foundation and help make California, the state known as the home of filmmaking, competitive once more,” he said.