Arizona film industry pushes to bring back tax incentives
Jan. 11, 2018
The film industry is working to bring back tax incentives for film productions, a practice that officials say will bring significant revenue to the state.
Phil Bradstock, the commissioner for the Phoenix Film Office, says tax incentives are very enticing to production companies, particularly companies with tight budgets. When Arizona offered a transferable tax credit for film productions from 2006 until 2010, $110 million was brought into the state from film productions, compared to $11 million since the program ended in 2010.
Amanda Melby-Crisalli, executive producer and actor in a current production being filmed in Arizona called “Raising Buchanan,” says a lot of the bigger productions are going to states that do have tax incentives.
It’s frustrating to watch filmmakers fly over Arizona and go to New Mexico to film because Arizona doesn’t have any incentives, says Bruce Dellis, writer and director of “Raising Buchanan.” Dellis says if Arizona wants to see film ever come back to the state like it used it, it will need to bring back incentives.