Want to Film a Movie in Ohio? There’s a Tax Credit for That.

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SOURCE: Ohio Department of Development
April 14, 2023

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Is your downtown picture perfect? Have you ever wanted to use film to share the story of your hometown? There’s a tax credit that can help.

The Ohio Department of Development (Development) today announced the application for the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit program is available.

The program provides a refundable tax credit of 30% on production cast and crew wages and other in-state spending for eligible productions, including feature-length films, documentaries, pre-Broadway productions, miniseries, video games, and music videos. Applications are now available on the program website.

“Ohio’s big cities, distinctive neighborhoods, and historic small towns can be the perfect backdrop for your next production,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Department of Development. “This investment supports Ohio’s thriving arts and culture scene, brings good jobs to our state, and creates income for local businesses – that’s a win for Ohio.”

More than $36 million in funding is available. Applications are accepted online now through June 1, at 5 p.m. Projects will be awarded on or before July 31.

A $4.9 million tax credit supported the 2021 Russo brothers’ film, “Cherry,” starring Tom Holland, which was shot in and around Northeast Ohio. And more than $12 million will support the upcoming film, “The Bikeriders,” directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Austin Butler and Tom Hardy, which was filmed in Butler County in the fall of 2022.

Applications are reviewed and awarded in two rounds each year. $40 million is available annually, evenly divided between the two rounds plus any rollover amounts from the proceeding period. Projects are awarded first to television series or miniseries, then to all others, based on the extent of positive economic impact in Ohio and the effect on developing a permanent workforce in motion picture or theatrical production industries in Ohio.

The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit (OMPTC) was created in 2009 to encourage and develop a film industry in Ohio.
The application and additional program information can be found at development.ohio.gov/film.

The Ohio Department of Development empowers communities to succeed by investing in Ohio’s people, places, and businesses. Learn more about our work at development.ohio.gov.

For more information, contact Sarah Wickham, Ohio Department of Development Communications, (614) 466-2609