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Utah Film Commission


U.C.A. 63M-1-1800, 1802
The Utah Film Commission markets the entire state as a location for film, television and commercial production by promoting the use of local professionals, support services and Utah locations.

The film commission is a client-driven program that serves international, out-of-state and in-state production companies, along with Utah support services and crew.

Motion Picture Incentive Program

The purpose of the Motion Picture Incentives Program (MPIP) is to encourage the use of Utah as a destination for the production of motion pictures, television series and made-for-television movies.

The state of Utah provides financial incentives to the film industry so that the state is capable of competing successfully with other states and countries that offer film production incentives.

The MPIP allows Utah to foster a strong and local motion picture industry that will contribute substantially to improving the state’s economy.

The MPIP functions as a tax credit or cash rebate for approved productions and operates on a post-performance basis on expenditures that are made in the state.

State Approved Rebate Percentages


Tax Credit: 20%-25% on dollars left in the state, with no per-project cap
Cash Rebate: 20%-25% on dollars left in the state, up to $500,000 per project
Cash Rebate: 15% on dollars left in the state, up to $999,999 per project.

The base incentive of 20% is available for productions with a minimum of $1,000,000 spent in the State of Utah.

To be awarded a 25% film incentive, a production must meet the definition of “significant percentage of cast and crew (hired) from Utah” which is 85% for productions that spend at least $1,000,000 in the state or 70% if the production spends a minimum $7,500, 000 in the state.

FY2013 Motion Picture Incentive Program (MPIP) Report

For FY2013 the MPIP operated with both an up to 25% tax credit or cash rebate and a 15% cash rebate.

NEED FOR SPEED – Dreamworks

In July of 2013 the production of Need for Speed was filmed in Moab and at

The Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, and is based upon “Need for Speed” video game. Need for Speed tells the story of Tobey Marshall, a street racer played by Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) who joins a cross country race only to find out there is a bounty on him placed there by his former business  associate.

Overall the DreamWorks production of Need for Speed has a projected Utah qualifying spend of $1.7 million and according to details provided by the production company.

NFS hired 70 Utah residents during the course of eight in-state production days.

Need for Speed directed by Scott Waugh and starring Aaron Paul will be released in theaters on March 14, 2014.


In January 2013, Disney Channel returned to Utah for the production of Cloud 9 filmed entirely on location in Park City, Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton and Salt Lake City. Cloud 9 tells the story of Kayla a prima donna snowboarder who was unceremoniously dropped from her team and forced to train with Will Cloud a former snowboarding champion who is struggling after a career ending wipe-out.

Cloud 9 employed 375 Utah residents and left  $6.4 million in the state over three months much of that being spent on salaries goods and services provided by various Utah support services and vendors.

Cloud 9 directed by Paul Hoen and starring Luke Benward (Dear John, We Were Soldiers) and Dove Cameron (The Mentalist) will air in Winter 2014.

Sustainable Competition

The Utah Film Commission continues to be competitive in the western states region when it comes to film production. The MPIP offering up to 25% fully refundable tax credit along with inherent incentives such as industry infrastructure, crew, talent, proximity to Los Angeles and diverse locations will continue to sustain the motion picture and television industry in the State of Utah.