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 Incentive 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 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.
In June of 2012 the production of AFTER EARTH was filmed in the Moab area. The film tells the story of a father and son that have crash landed on a planet that was evacuated by humans 1,000 years earlier. Overall, the Sony Pictures film will have a projected spend of nearly $2.3 million in the state. According to executive producer E. Bennett Walsh, the production hired 130 locals and spent at least $400,000 in local accommodations and food during the ten days of filming. AFTER EARTH directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith, will be released in theaters July of 2013.
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 spend 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.
Disney filmed two major productions in Utah. First was the ABC Family (a division of Disney) production of THE MISTLETONES, which filmed in the greater Salt Lake City area during February and March of 2012. This cable feature tells the story of two rival musical singing groups that challenge each other during the holiday season. THE MISTLETONES which stars Tori Spelling and Tia Mowry, had expenditures reaching over $3.6 million for the State of Utah. The cable feature will air on the ABC Family channel in November of 2012. Walt Disney Pictures returned to the Moab area to film a
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.
portion of their new major tent-pole franchise, THE LONE RANGER. The film is the retelling of the Lone Ranger, how lawman John Reid was transformed into to the legend as told by the Native American spirit warrior Tonto. Directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, THE LONE RANGER has a projected expenditure of $9 million in the State of Utah. The movie will be released in theaters in July of 2013.