Florida tax incentives shelved for a third year in a row
Florida has once again been denied any film tax credits for a third consecutive year. After a lengthy delay in April the senate chose not to offer tax incentives for companies looking to film in the Sunshine State, actively affecting productions that planned on shooting there.
The unfortunate result has had an immediate impact according to Dale Gordon, Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission, on the filming location of Ben Affleck’s latest project Live By Night - which will now be taking its business elsewhere.
Gordon said of the news: “It’s disappointing, especially three years in a row. We’re essentially losing, yet again, another $20, $30, $40m production that was supposed to take place in Tampa.
“We did everything we thought we could, we worked with our legislators year round, educating them on the importance and impact of this industry.”
It also seems it’s not just the Affleck project that was a casualty of the decision, a new film set to star Dwayne Johnson is also looking for fresh production digs away from the state. We hope in the near future Florida will once again be able to attract big-budget projects through new tax credits.