Please email or call your senator and tell him or her to please support legislation that raises the tax credit to $10 million and makes funds available on July 1.
We can not tell you which bill to support at this time as we don’t know yet how our bill will move through the Senate. There are several possibilities.
Right now the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do is to email your senator and ask that he support legislation that includes the film tax credit increase. We’ll let you know more as soon as information becomes available.
JEFFERSON CITY- With the Missouri Film Commission currently in its 25th year of existence, Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Linda MartÃ¬nez today wrote Mark Biggs, Chairman of the Missouri Film Commission, to commemorate the Commissionâ€™s efforts in attracting the industry to Missouri during the past quarter century. The Missouri Film Commission, created by the state legislature in 1983, is housed within DED.
â€œThe challenge of repairing our economy will not be reliant upon one industry, and a diverse approach is essential,â€ wrote Director MartÃ¬nez. â€œA part of that diverse approach includes the film industry, and there is no better time than on the occasion of the Film Commissionâ€™s silver anniversary to reflect upon the investment our state has made in attracting film makers, and the return on that investment we have received.â€
Currently, a production team from Paramount Picturesâ€™ Up In The Air is filming on location in St. Louis until April 22. The production began in Missouri last December, and will have people on the ground in state through May. Another production, independent film Winterâ€™s Bone, finished production late last month in Branson and Forsyth after beginning the project in southwest Missouri last December. The two films invested nearly $15 million in Missouri, netting a $40 million economic impact. Upon release, the films are expected to spawn even more economic activity across the state through tourism.
Recently, DED received letters of appreciation from the production crews of both movies. In a letter signed by Up In The Air Director Jason Reitman and Producers Michael Beugg and Daniel Dubiecki on behalf of Paramount, the team stated that they are having an â€œincredible experienceâ€ shooting in Missouri and that they are impressed by the quality of Missouriâ€™s workforce, the hospitality they have received, and will be encouraging other productions to come here. Similarly, Winterâ€™s Bone Director Debra Granik stated that shooting her movie in Missouri was a â€œfantastic experience,â€ that the cooperation they received was outstanding, the landscape was beautiful, and they look forward to returning.
â€œIt is clear that our strong package of business-friendly incentives have helped attract these film productions to our state, and once they got here, our quality Missouri citizens sealed the deal,â€ said MartÃ¬nez. â€œThe investment we have made in Missouriâ€™s film industry means it will be playing a â€˜lead roleâ€™ in assisting our stateâ€™s economic recovery in the future.â€
Release Date: 04-13-09
Contact: John Fougere (573) 522-5058
Missouri Motion Media Association Committees Retreat
Committee Retreat Overview
July 7th, 2008
1) Get CVBs on board â€“ We should have a member from each CVB – Lorah Steiner
2) Identify â€œfilm friendlyâ€ organizations/individuals in each city and recruit â€“ Kevin and committee
3) Develop membership â€œhit listâ€ from MO Film production guide – Kevin
4) Become familiar with MOMMA membership benefits – All
5) Revamp on-line membership directory when revamp web site so we
can add photos and have members be able to update their own profiles. – Bill Mathis
6) Select date and location for first quarterly networking event â€“ Kevin & committee
1) July 30th â€œLeadership Meetingâ€ in St. Louis to discuss legislative agenda &
a. Tax credit summit
b. Developing a DVD to promote the industry – Steiner, Ketcher, Tucci, Mead, Hansen
2) Plan a â€œDay at the Capitalâ€ during new session â€“ Ketcher, McCollum
3) Make a list of MOMMA members and contacts and the legislators with
whom they have strong working relationships â€“ Steiner, Ketcher, McCollum
4. Develop stories about small townsâ€™ experiences with productions/benefits -Steiner
5. Develop a contrast and compare sheet â€“ Missouri vs. other state programs â€“ Mark Biggs?
6. Get a â€œpro-businessâ€ message crafted – ???
7. Develop active program to get local officials and state officials to sets â€“ Work with communications committee
Film Office Tools/Resources for Independent and Student Projects
1) Create a photo base of locations around Missouri (Working w/Missouri Life
a. Need software to support â€“ Contingent on Film office budget
b. All locations pictured must have owner info and form on file
1) Identify film contact for each region/city â€“ (Work with film office to develop list.
2) Update Production Guide (MOMMA intern has started this process)
3) Provide permit info for each city/area
4) More information on funding sources, tax credits, etc.
a. How to sell project
5) Resource page for students/new filmmakers
6) Information on distribution channels â€“ traditional and e-distribution
Dawn Erickson: Please review all of the above and consider how the Communications Committee can assist.
1) Will be in Columbia in later February, 2008
2) Will combine legislative reception with True/False and conference
3) Non-member registration fee will include membership
4) Focus on: New technology; film financing and distribution
5) We agreed to explore a tradeshow (Lorah and Beth will meet with the hotel)