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Film It Here: Detroit's Movie Making Incentives

Film Industry Incentives in Detroit, as compiled by Erik Tungate of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Summary of Michigan Film Industry Incentives:
  • Must spend at least $50,000 in the city of Detroit to be eligible.
  • 42% cash rebate, across the board, on city of Detroit expenditures.
  • Labor & crew: 40 to 42% below the line; 40 to 42% above the line regardless of domicile; 30% non-resident below the line.
  • 25% infrastructure tax credit program as well as nontransferable, nonrefundable workforce development tax credit for hiring and training current Michigan crewmembers to a higher level.
  • $2 million salary cap per employee per production. There is no other cap and no sunset.
City of Detroit Local Film Office can assist you with they following:
  • Processing of your no-cost Detroit Film Office application, required permits and insurance certificate.
  • Connections to local film talent and media personnel.
  • Workforce development program.
DEGC's incentive & loan programs that could complement film credits include:
  • Brownfield Redevelopment Program
  • Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Program
  • Personal Property Tax Abatement
  • Subsidized Loan Programs
Contacts and more information:

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