Heartland Film Supports State of Indiana Film and Media Production Tax Incentives

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“’Hoosiers’ would not be shot in Indiana today without tax credits. Any company putting money into that film would not allow us to shoot in Indiana.”

– ANGELO PIZZO, Indiana native, writer, director, producer, and Heartland Film board member

Heartland Film supports of the creation of media production tax credits in the 2017 session of the General Assembly. Enacting these credits will remove a significant barrier to expanding the media production industry in Indiana, will create a much-needed economic and social hub for film in our state, and will ultimately convey that the Hoosier state is serious about competing in the industry with its neighboring states – all of which have active and thriving production credit programs.

As the organizer of the Heartland Film Festival, we are proud to be the largest and longest-running film organization in our state. We have hosted thousands of independent filmmakers, Academy Award® winners, and Hollywood personalities over the years, and we keep hearing the same thing: these local, national, and international filmmakers are impressed by Indiana’s resources, beauty, and hospitality, but are baffled as to why there is no tax incentive or production credit program. Some filmmakers consider Indiana, only to move forward with production of their projects a single state away because of the business advantages being offered.

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The tax credit bill will be going in front of the House in the first week of January. If you are interested in helping drive a grass-roots effort for those working in film and media in the State—filmmakers, production companies, freelancers, educators, and even students—please consider showing your support in the following ways:

  1. Learn more about the bill.

    Read the bill outline to learn about qualified tax credit percentages, productions and expenditures.

  2. Write letters to your local legislators.

    Support the cause by writing letters to your State Representative, State Senator and Governor expressing the benefits of building a more sustainable economic base within the state’s film industry.

  3. Spread the word to your social networks.

    Educate your network of friends and acquaintances about how this new program can create positive change for the industry, businesses, communities and the state at large.

Heartland Film’s support of this initiative is led by State of Indiana Film and Media Production Tax Incentive committee members Christina Hale (board member, former state representative), Angelo Pizzo (board member, writer/director), and Greg Sorvig (staff member, director of film programming and marketing). With the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film, we feel this incentive is imperative to the future goals of the organization and to the shared hope of a vibrant and competitive film and media production industry in Indiana.

Learn more & show your support!

 

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