Magazine article Screen International

World of Locations: Illinois

Magazine article Screen International

World of Locations: Illinois

Article excerpt

Over the past year, the state has hosted upcoming Warner Bros release Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Sinister 2, Netflix series Sense8 from Chicago-born film-makers the Wachowskis and network TV hit Empire.

Overall, film industry spending in the state in 2013 (the most recent year for which figures are available) was $358m, a big jump from 2012's record figure of $184m.

In June, Illinois governor Bruce Rauner ordered the film office to defer application approvals for film tax credits as one of a number of steps to limit the financial impact of the state's unbalanced budget. As of late September 2015, the legislature had yet to agree on a new budget and new tax credit applications were still being deferred, although the state was still accepting and reviewing applications.

THE LOWDOWN

Financial incentives

A 30% tax credit on qualified Illinois production spending, a 30% credit on Illinois salaries up to $100,000 per worker and an additional 15% credit on salaries of individuals (making at least $1,000 in total wages) living in economically disadvantaged areas. There is a minimum spend requirement of $100,000 for projects of 30 minutes or more, $50,000 for less than 30 minutes. Further information www. illinois.gov/dceo/whyillinois/Film/FilmTaxCredit/Pages/default.aspx

Infrastructure

Multiple sound-stage facilities include Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, said to be the largest sound-stage in the US outside of Hollywood, Big Deahl Productions, Chicago Studio City, The Chicago Production Center and Space Stage Studios. …

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