Minnesota incentives bring filmmakers to townProduction companies can get up to a 20 percent reimbursement of their costs if they spend more than $5 million in the state.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” and HGTV’s “Rehab Addict” cover vastly different subject matter, but they have one thing in common: they’re both produced by Minnesota companies.
Tremendous! Entertainment and Magnetic Productions have Minnesota offices, allowing them to take advantage of the “Snowbate,” a production incentive funded by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Production companies can get up to a 20 percent reimbursement of their costs if they spend more than $5 million in the state. The new budget signed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton in May solidified the program and added more funding.
As of December 2012, the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board is offering reimbursements for production expenditures in Northeastern Minnesota.
This perfect storm of incentives has resulted in a surge of filmmaker interest in Northeastern Minnesota, according to the Upper Minnesota Film Office. The UMFO publishes a free online directory of film-related services at their website. Anyone with experience in film-related work, from grip and electric to catering and wardrobe, can add their services to the site free of charge.