Oklahoma extends location filming incentive through to 2024
Oklahoma in the mid-western US has had its filming incentive programme extended through to mid-2024. The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate will continue to offer USD5 million a year and recently helped attract the Oscar-nominated feature August: Osage County.
“The ten-year extension of the rebate programme marks a huge victory for Oklahoma’s film industry,” said Jill Simpson, Director of the Oklahoma Film & Music Office.
“We are sending the message that there is stability for our programme, which is essential in securing filming in the state. The net result will be more jobs for our hardworking local crew base and a greater volume of business for our industry support companies. We are excited for this opportunity to grow an emerging industry that will have a positive impact on Oklahoma’s economy.”
August: Osage County featured an all-star cast headed by Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch. The production spent about half a million dollars on catering and production office expenses alone, and over a million dollars on rental cars and fuel.
“The film rebate has helped to create jobs and bring millions of dollars in investment to the state of Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin: “I am pleased to sign the extension of this programme into law and to send a message that Oklahoma continues to be ‘open for business’ when it comes to the film industry.”
Other movies filming on location in Oklahoma in recent years have included Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, The Killer Inside Me and Saving Grace.
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