New Hampshire targets location filming boost with movie tax credit plan
A politician in New Hampshire in the north-east US is pushing for location filming tax credits to help attract more film productions. The state is one of the country’s few regions that doesn’t offer filming incentives of any kind and neighbouring Massachusetts is often used as a double.
Locals were disappointed that upcoming New Hampshire-set feature Labor Day – starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet – filmed almost entirely in Massachusetts. New Hampshire could have made around USD13 million from the shoot, the New Hampshire Business Review reports.
“[Labor Day] was a New Hampshire story, by a New Hampshire author, about New Hampshire,” New Hampshire Film & Television Office Director Matt Newton told the outlet: “That was our movie and it went somewhere else to pretend it was New Hampshire only to take advantage of those incentives ... We've lost a number of projects to a number of states that have progressive tax credits.”
The bill being put forward would establish a location filming tax credit to compete with the 25% figure already available to productions in Massachusetts.
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