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Director Matthew Vaughn’s UK Film Fund

Director Matthew Vaughn proposed an interesting spin on UK tax credits that puts a fresh (slightly French) spin on the UK's tax credit programme. I think he is mostly correct and the US states should take heed.

Film Funds: It’s Not You, It’s Them

A lack of funding options is creating opportunities for new funds to enter the indie market; understanding their funding criteria is Job #1 for producers...

Currency Can Kill Your Movie

Hedging currency for a film production is one of the toughest decisions a producer makes. It’s the practice of managing losses, as opposed to capturing gains...

AFM Currency Update

Great news for the first day of the American Film Market: the GBP and the Euro are both trading high against the USD, which is elevating the AUS as well. This should stimulate early film buying.

Why I Do Not Film in Michigan

I have never recommended a producer film in Michigan, even in its heyday. Their film tax credit program has had problems on every level, from its inception.

Indie Producers Don’t Understand Tax Credits

Indie producers are on a relentless quest to find the elusive "final 20%" of their budgets. They've raised the equity, made the presales, maxed the gap, and still they come up 20% short. Even with a whopping 40% cash rebate! So why then are they still stumbling around trying to fill that final 20% of their budgets?! Because producers can't get out of their own way.

New Tax Bill Extends Section 181 Federal Film Tax Credit

The new tax bill that President Obama recently signed into law will extend the Section 181 film tax credit to the end of 2011. In addition, it can be applied retroactively to all qualifying films produced in 2011 AND 2010!

Grandfather Your Section-181 Benefit Now

Section §181 expires at the end of 2011. If you grandfather it correctly, then your film or series (up to 44 episodes!) will remain eligible for the benefits indefinitely.

The New ABC of California Corporations

There are two brand new corporations that could be kind of cool for socially-conscious filmmakers: They are the “B Corp.” and the “Flexible Purpose Corp.”

Czech Republic now has 20% Film Incentive

The Czech Republic now has a 20% production incentive for films that spend more than CZK15mm (apx. USD $700,000) in the country.

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