ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Minnesota incentives bring filmmakers to state

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.

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 and 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, crew.mnfilmtv.org. 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.

Related Topics: MOVIES
What To Read Next
The system crashed earlier this month, grounding flights across the U.S.