LD 1334 Public Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 9:30am

LD 1334 Public Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 9:30am

LD 1334, An Act To Promote Economic Development through Increased Film Incentives

SUMMARY that appears at the end of the bill as printed:

“This bill makes multiple changes to the tax credits available to visual media production companies operating in the State.  The bill makes the available tax credits refundable, increases the credits for certain expenses incurred in Maine and for hiring residents of Maine and offers additional credits for visual media productions that are located in certain Maine counties, are set in Maine or have a lead cast member, writer or director who is a Maine resident.  The bill also reduces the total expenditures needed to qualify for the credits, extends the time period for visual media production companies to certify with the Department of Economic and Community Development and sets a $500,000 limit on the total value of the tax credits that increases to $1,000,000 after January 1, 2026.  The bill makes other changes necessary for these provisions.”

"We have been fortunate to have made two movies in Maine — The Way We Get By and Beneath The Harvest Sky.” Maine is a very special state in that there are so many options for locations. Given its size, you can travel to northern Maine, southern Maine, all along the coast, and tell a number of different stories in totally unique worlds with each film having very distinctive looks. The abundance of locations combined with the incredible generosity of the people and communities, make filmmaking in Maine a pure joy. We would not be filmmakers today without the support from the people of Maine and we will be forever grateful."

- Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet, The Way We Get By and Beneath the Harvest Sky

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"Hands down, Karen Carberry Warhola in the Maine Film Office was the most supportive person I’ve ever spoken with, with any film project I’ve ever worked on."

- Scotty Crowe, Astraea

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