Sixth REDC Round Includes Funding Support for the Film Industry

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced more than $700 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round VI of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative.

 This round included 14 film and television-related awards totaling more than  $5.25 million to support and expand the production industry throughout New York State. 

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Governor Cuomo Announces New York's Golden Globe Nominees

The 74th Annual Golden Globe Award nominations, announced on Dec. 12, include 16 nominations for seven New York-based productions. Manchester By The Sea, which participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, tops the list with five nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

The Golden Globe Awards, bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, recognize excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.  The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

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2016: Another Record-Setting Year for NYS Film and TV
TV Sets the Pace as Industry Hires and Spending Break Records

This year once again set new records for spending and hiring by  film and television productions participating in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program.

 It's the fourth straight year of increases in both categories, with a total New York spend of some $3.2 billion, up $180 million (5.8 %) from last year, and more than 192,000 hires, an increase of more than 4,300 hires (+2.11%) over 2015. 

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Commercials Shot in New York State Mean Jobs for New Yorkers

New York is home to many of the largest ad agencies and commercial production companies in the world. Every year thousands of commercials are produced all over the state, benefiting communities through thousands of jobs and millions of dollars spent on location with vendors, local crew and small businesses. 

Commercial productions participating in the state's Commercial Production Tax Credit, designed to attract more commercials to shoot in New York State, received over $5 million in tax credits for commercials produced in 2014.  These companies spent $87.3 million in New York State and hired 16,925 production workers.  

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MPAA: Collateral Beauty Contributed $14+ Million to the New York Economy
One film's powerful effect demonstrated in jobs and spending

Film production creates a ripple effect that goes beyond entertainment; it provides economic  benefits to New York by employing local talent and workers, and patronizing local businesses from hotels to catering and wardrobe. 

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) confirmed that effect in its Dec. 15 announcement that the Warner Bros. Pictures' film Collateral Beauty generated more than $14 million in local economic activity and employed more than  2,000 local workers, who took home more than $7 million in wages.

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Growth of New York Post-Production Industry Spurs Rapid Expansion of FuseFX
FuseFX, an award-winning visual effects studio providing services for film, television and commercials, is expanding thanks to incentives supporting the post-production industry. 

Greg Anderson, the studio's Head of Production/Sr. Visual Effects Supervisor, says "the film tax credits were a great motivating factor to anticipate major growth in the film industry in New York and we wanted to be ready for it -so in June 2014 we opened the New York office with five employees and grew to 50 in a span of 18 months." 

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Currently Filming & Releasing

As 2016 draws to a close, cameras continue to roll throughout New York State, with 39 film and television productions that shot here in December representing more than $2 billion in New York spending and more than 101,000 hires.  

Ocean's Eight, a spin-off of the popular Ocean's Trilogy, boasts real star power with Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Matt Damon and Dakota Fanning.  

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African American Women In Cinema
Supporting female filmmakers and diversity for nearly two decades

Founded almost 20 years ago by Terra Renee, African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) has been supporting and showcasing the work of African American, African Diaspora, Asian, Latina and Native American women with programming events - educational series, panels, workshops and screenings - held throughout the year.  An annual highlight is the AAWIC Film Festival - and the 19th edition is set for March 22-25, 2017, with a  call for submissions in January.

The AAWIC Film Festival features the works of emerging and established women filmmakers of color from around the world. The event features  screenings, keynote panels on industry-related topics, a script competition and a special student filmmaking segment. The festival offers  talented women a platform to share their talents, meet with peers and be mentored by established media and entertainment professionals.

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NYFTSA's New Open Doors Series Brings Filmmakers to
Film Students Across New York State
The Governor's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development (MPTV) has partnered with the New York Film and Television Student Alliance (NYFTSA), the New York Production Alliance (NYPA), and Bronx Community College Media & Digital Film Club to create a bi-monthly show called  Open Doors: NYFTSA Film Panel Series .

The program was created to give film students, especially those in Upstate regions, the opportunity to virtually access professional filmmakers and programming that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

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Producers Guild of America Partners with Film Good/Do Good 
Holiday Coat and Toy Drive on NYC Soundstages  Benefits Orgs Across the State

New York's bustling production community came together this month as the Producers Guild of America (PGA) partnered with the Film Good/Do Good program and rallied their  members to spread some holiday cheer by helping fellow New Yorkers in need. 

The PGA was an early and strong supporter of Film Good/Do Good and this holiday drive marks their first service collaboration with New York State.

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Calling All New York State Film Students!

New York State invites all college students currently enrolled in film programs in New York State to compete in the I LOVE NEW YORK @ Tribeca Student Film Competition.

Students who accept the challenge to create a short film about one of New York State's 11 vacation regions will have a chance to win a $15,000 scholarship, a DSLR camera, film-editing software and an all-expense paid vacation in New York State.  Second prize will be a $10,000 scholarship, a DSLR camera, film-editing software and a weekend getaway in New York State. Third prize is a $5,000 scholarship and a DSLR camera.

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Film Festivals & Events
Film Festivals take place in New York State throughout the year. The following is a list of upcoming festivals scheduled for early 2017:
New York Jewish Film Festival - Jan. 11-14
Snowtown Film Festival - Jan. 27-28 
Bronx International Film Festival - Jan. 26-31  

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TV Premieres & Film Releases  
The schedule of television premieres and film releases continues.  Below is a list of upcoming television shows and films that participated in New York State's production and post-production tax credit programs with upcoming release/premiere dates.

Homeland - Season 6 - Jan.  15 - Showtime
The Path - Season 2 - Jan. 25 - Hulu
Z: the Beginning of Everything - Jan. 27 - Amazon 
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