An Industry that Employs 190,000 Californians Deserves Protection.

California’s motion picture industry is a state treasure. Not only are its products one of America’s greatest and most lucrative exports, the industry is a worldwide cultural touchstone, a small business incubator, and a magnet for state tourism. Combined, the industry supports more than 190,000 direct jobs and $17 billion in wages in California. Today, these valued benefits are under threat thanks to aggressive, incentive-backed foreign and domestic competition for new film projects. California’s century-long investment in entertainment is at risk.

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The California Film & Television Tax Credit – Helping California Compete

In 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new $1.6 billion jobs bill — the California Film & Television Tax Credit — into law. Leveling the playing field and helping the state compete for valuable film and television projects, the program will protect middle-class jobs, safeguard a treasured California industry and preserve much-needed state and local tax revenue.

Reel Jobs are Real Jobs

Keep Our Films, Our Families, Our Work in California!

Unwavering Support

To date, Film Works has attracted the support of more than 22,00 people from all across the State of California. Our supporters include filmmakers, state and local policymakers, small business owners, educators, and others who want to see California remain the entertainment production capital of the world.

“This is still the best place in the world to make movies. It has the best resources, great weather and talented people. It would be a shame to look back in a decade or two and realize that we let part of the California legacy slip through our fingers. It also seems a huge economic blunder to let an industry that generates so much income by creating jobs, local spending and tourism, filter off to do business in other states and countries. I am hopeful that California’s leaders will realize before it’s too late, that a large slice of California’s prestige and economic well-being is at risk here and strive to help our local industry thrive again.”
Christopher Vail, IATSE Member, Oak Park, CA
“I have worked in the film industry in Northern California, as a location scout and manager, since the 1980s. Our business has changed dramatically, and the challenge of keeping production in California is directly affected by Film Tax Incentives. The incentives need to be strong enough to be competitive with other states’ programs so that those of us ‘below-the-line’ workers, who pay taxes in the state of California, are able to survive.”
Cathryn Blum, Small Business Owner, San Francisco, CA
“I have worked in the industry as either a line producer or unit production manager for over 25 years and it is sad to see the business of major motion picture production erode and almost become extinct in California as other states and countries step up and take all the work out of town. We have the best crews and conditions in the world for making movies and we have rested on our laurels for too long. How can Canada, England, Georgia, Louisiana and New York continue to give decent incentives and California not even try to compete? I truly believe that we are on the brink of losing this business.”
“I’m involved at the decision making level on where films get made. A competitive rebate is essential.”
Clayton Townsend, DGA Member, Los Angeles, CA
“I support Film Works because I’m sick and tired of my job going to Romania.”
“My home is California. My family lives in California. My two kids attend school in California. Yet, my work as a director has almost exclusively been done OUTSIDE of California. My last motion picture was almost entirely a studio-based shoot. It had a budget in excess of $100 million. My producers, key crew and I all WANTED to stay home and spend that money in California. But we spent most of it in Louisiana because their incentives for film were better. We imported all of our key cast and crew. We rented homes. Paid for flights from LA and disrupted the family life of dozens and dozens of film crew. And still Louisiana was cheaper. It’s a shame. My next film, which could also shoot in California, will probably shoot in South Africa for the same reasons. And worse, because I will be employed there for more than six months, I will pay my taxes there.”
“The livelihood of below-the-line personnel is adversely affected by runaway production. Not only have people lost jobs because there is less production in California, but they are also losing jobs to personnel in other states who live, work, and pay taxes in those states. Vendors who service the entertainment industry have also felt an adverse economic impact, with some going out of business entirely, and others relocating to incentive states. Runaway production has exacted an undeniable social toll on California families and businesses, not to mention a loss of tax revenue to the State of California.”
“We have supplied the film industry for over 20 years, and now we have lost 25% of our business. We are truly hurting.”
Steve Villasenor, Small Business Owner, Vernon, CA
“I am a filmmaker who grew up in the business as a child actor in Los Angeles, and moved behind the camera over 35 years ago. I am a member of SAG, IATSE, and a business owner. I have had a healthy career, but now there is no work to be found, and I don’t have the means to up and move, chasing incentives around the world.”
James Mathers, Filmmaker, CA
“California needs to create tax incentives IMMEDIATELY to be just as appealing as other states such as New Mexico, and Louisiana for potential production. I have lost so many jobs because I am ‘not rebateable’ even when the directors wanted to hire me!!! UGH. It is such a horrible feeling!!!”
Samantha Kirkeby, IATSE Member, Burbank, CA

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