Utah Film Commission today announced the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board approval of five new productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated economic impact of $4.2 million and creating approximately 300 local jobs.
Two feature films for the Hallmark Channel, ‘Holly and Ivy’ and ‘The Christmas Concert’ produced by local Utahn, David Wulf were approved under the Motion Picture Incentive Program. “I remain committed to bringing film to Utah,” Wulf said. “It’s my home and my community and I love any opportunity to work here in film. Utah’s crews, landscapes, and business friendly community is the perfect place to film.” Both ‘Holly and Ivy’ and ‘The Christmas Concert’ are estimated to spend a total of $2.5 million in state.
Two horror series produced by Crypt TV, ‘Kinderfanger’ and ‘Mira Mira’ were also approved under the Motion Picture Incentive Program. Both productions are estimated to spend a total of $1.6 million in state. “Crypt TV is thrilled to call Utah home for these productions,” said Jeremy Elliott, EVP of Television Production at Crypt TV. “With a seasoned and skilled crew base, spectacular scenic backdrops and tremendous support from the state’s film commission we anticipate making something truly special in Utah.”
‘Deadstream’ is a horror feature written and directed by local filmmakers, Vanessa and Joseph Winter. This production was approved under the Community Film Incentive Program, supporting smaller, local projects. “Our film ‘Deadstream’ is a love letter to 80’s horror cinema,” said Joseph Winter. “During my time in BYU’s Media Arts program, I built a network of Utah cast and crew that I’ve wanted to continue working with on every film project since. That network keeps growing and I’m constantly amazed at the quality of talent here in Utah. It was a dream to make my first feature in Utah and I’m grateful for the support of the Utah Film Commission for helping make that dream a reality.”
“The goal of the film incentive program has always been to create Utah jobs and provide an economic boost to local communities while developing more opportunities for our film industry here at home,” Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission, commented. “After a halt in production this Spring due to the pandemic, we are excited to revive film production in our state with the approval of incentives for these five productions.”