Our Savvy Guide to Filming Abroad

Our Savvy Guide to Filming Abroad

As anyone in this industry knows, filming can be a complex business, with obstacles and hurdles to overcome even for the shortest project. Filming abroad can present very specific challenges as well as rewards, with plenty of research to be done ahead of time.

When done correctly however, venturing beyond your borders can be a once in-a-lifetime event. So how do you ensure a drama-free shoot in a foreign country? We have put together a list of tips, tricks and advice to make your shoot abroad a complete and total success.

1. Plan ahead

When arranging crews, permits, visas, travel, hotels and other services, book as far in advance as possible. Booking ahead of time will ensure that you get the best rates and save a lot of money.

Also, don’t forget the time difference. If you’re reading this during the daytime in the United States, it is already evening in Europe. And in Asia, it’s already tomorrow. So, if you happen to be organising a shoot in either of these regions, and you’re based in Berlin, you’re already a day behind.

2. Things you need before you travel

Some countries require visas to be obtained in advance. This process can take anything from one week to one month to complete. Visit VisaHQ for country specific information.

Another vital point to remember before you travel is that voltage and power outlets vary around the world. You should have the right plug adapters and power converters before setting off. Most plug adapters do not convert the power.

Laptops and video cameras usually have built-in converters, but you will need to buy a separate power converter for all other devices. If your voltages don’t match you could end up blowing a fuse. You can find a list of electrical systems around the world here.

3. Go local

By working with local film crews in the country or region you are shooting in, you end up killing two birds with one stone.

First of all, you reduce or eliminate travel expenses considerably, and save on having to ship in large amounts of equipment. This can often incur customs fees, not to mention the hefty extra baggage charges at check-in.

Local crew = local knowledge. Secondly, and most importantly, you will be working with people who know the local terrain, language, and customs. This kind of local knowledge is the single most effective way of reducing potential problems, because your locally based team will know how to avoid country-specific risks.

4. Know the local laws, customs, do’s & don’ts

Imagine your reaction if your production had to be shut down because you did not get the right permit, or decided to shoot on a major local holiday when everything was closed? What would happen if you chose to shoot on a forbidden location, or didn’t follow the specific local shooting code?

You can spend quite a lot of time researching the filming laws in your destination country, checking with the local film commissions and other government organizations. Alternatively, hire a local fixer, scout or production assistant who knows the right people and permits, and who can take care of everything prior to your arrival, thus saving you valuable time.

5. Have fun

Don’t forget what a gift it is to travel and to have the opportunity to discover new places and people. If possible, schedule some time to get out there and explore a little.

Your local crew will probably have some great advice on places to visit in the area. Enjoy yourself; you won’t regret it.

Need help planning your next film production project?

Let us help!  At the Global Media Desk we specialize in bringing your visions to life.  We only work with the top regional professionals in such varied fields as video production, photography, and film & video crews. Please  contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in Canada or any country around the world. You can also request a free online quote to see how we can make your project a complete success.

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This post was originally published in August 2014. Updated in April 2018.

3 Reasons to a Hire Local Crew Instead of Traveling to Your Shoot

3 Reasons to Hire a Local Crew Instead of Traveling to Your Shoot

So you’re a video production company owner or video producer and you just sold a shoot that is in a different city or country. For a newer company, the prospect of this can be exciting; you get to travel, you get to post to your instagram story about your trip, and you get to see new places and get paid while doing it. But after you’ve done it 5, 10, 20 times the light of excitement of out of town shoots could start to dim, leaving you indifferent on actually wanting to travel to a shoot.

At this point, you start to have to consider; should I hire local talent to shoot my project or should I go/send a team out to capture it? Of course, there are too many variables to give one answer, but in this article we’ll outline three main points as to why it’s usually best to hire local talent instead of traveling to your shoot. Here are the three reasons you should hire local video talent instead of traveling:

    1. Project Budget
      At the end of the day it is simply less expensive for the client and your production to hire local talent. For the average crew of 1-5 people, the cost of flights, hotels, travel meals, non-shooting travel days, etc is just not worth the difference of hiring local.

      Unless your project has an extremely particular look that is nearly impossible to replicate, or requires very specific shooters – there’s almost never a time where it’s less expensive to fly you or the team to the shoot.

      Say you have a one day, one person shoot in Atlanta, and you’re a corporate video production company in Cleveland. In order to fly in and shoot you’re looking at least $500 in flight tickets, $150 in hotels, and $150 in food. Plus a staff members time at $30 an hour, brings your total cost to the client to at least $1200-1500, this doesn’t even include your markup.

      To book a local talent for a similar one person one day shoot would cost around $500-1000, at the most.

    2. Time
      It takes 60 minutes to book a freelancer or a local team and have them shoot a local production. It takes at least 48 hours to travel to an out of town shoot, shoot it, and come back. If you’re someone who values their time, especially as a business owner, you’re much better off booking local talent and saving yourself or your staff two days of your life.

      This time could be spent on business development, moving other projects forward, and improving your video production business – instead of sitting on a plane and in a hotel.

      In 48 hours of travel and shooting you could; complete 300 cold calls to new business, organize and execute a direct mail campaign, send 40 recruiting emails searching for new talent for your company, meet with 8 existing clients to chat about future projects, and many other things. Find a better way to spend your time than traveling.

    3. Talent
      You might of had a bad experience before, but chances are that with the right remote video production booking company, you’ll find people in other cities and countries that are actually better than you of your in-house staff. Finding the right talent is all about having the right connections and having trusted relationships in place. Using the right booking sites and services, you’ll be able to find talent even in the most remote parts of the world than have an even more expansive skill set than your staff.

      The best producers know what their crew is capable of outputting and is able to be cold as steel when choosing quality over friendship. Sometimes it’s nice and fun to work with people you like, but for the sake of excellence it’s sometimes imperative you book people that are simply just right for the job. By tapping into local talent in the city of your shoot, you’re able to nitpick and find the people that are experts in the very type of production you’re looking to execute on.

      So unless you’re doing it for personal reasons, there are many times that booking an outside freelancer for remote work is not only cheaper, faster, but also better quality. Of course, this doesn’t always work out getting all three, but if you know the right resources you’ll get 2 of the 3.

    About Global Media Desk

    The Global Media Desk has been helping producers and video production companies get better, more cost effective, and faster crews for productions around the world since 2000. We do this by tapping into our global network of creative video & photo talent that deliver world class production quality at the drop of the hat.    Please contact us  with any questions you may have about shooting in any  country  around the world. You can also  request a  free online quote  to see how we can make your project  a complete success.

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10 Visually Stunning Cities for Your Next Video Production Shoot

Want to make an impact with your next film or video?  It’s all about the visuals!  Shooting in a location with mind-blowing scenery not only makes you memorable to your audience, but it also gives you a creative inspiration that is hard to duplicate.  To help you find that one-of-a-kind place we took our 15 years of experience and knowledge providing production crews around the world and made a list of the top 10 stunning cities for your next video production shoot.   You won’t believe some of these amazing places!

Miami, Florida

From ancient history to urban charm, Miami has it all including a one-of-kind outdoor museum of modern graffiti and one of the oldest buildings in the Western Hemisphere.

Video Production Ideas:
· Film your next video in an abandoned museum for an urban feel.
· Looking to film the next Game of Thrones? The St. Bernard de Clairvaux is your venue.

Shanghai, China

Coined the city on top of the sea this thriving city in China is the eighth largest in the world. Home to high-rise apartments, the largest world fair, and even an area known as the “Paris of the East.”

Video Production Ideas:
· Shanghai, the new Paris!
· Gorgeous architecture and Chinese temples will get your creative juices flowing.

Cape Town, South Africa

Marvel in Cape Town’s vast scenery of white sandy coastal shores, lush mountain ranges and architecture influenced by a true melting pot of inhabitants.

Video Production Ideas:
· If you are looking for a unique spotlight, South Africa’s abandoned underground canals might be your ticket.
· Stony Point, just outside Cape Town, is home to a community of penguins exploring kelp filled waters.

Amazon River, Peru

Cruise through the Amazon River and capture breathtaking views of magnificent plants and animal life unlike anywhere else in the world.

Video Production Ideas:
· Film the lush natural habitats full of wild plants and rare animal life.
· A unique private water cruise along the Amazon inspires a different kind of architecture.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Witches, voodoo dolls and jazz music might guide you towards the historical city of New Orleans, but its plethora of unique architectural styles, from creole cottages to the grand mansions on St. Charles will make you stay.

Video Production Ideas:
· Try a culinary video tour of the city’s famous gumbo stew, overstuffed po’ boys and the classic jambalaya dishes.
· Capture the very live and active New Orleans dance culture.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney has it all!  Gorgeous beaches, desert outback, sandstone cliffs, bush, waterfalls and a picturesque eucalypt forest will leave with more options than you know what to do with.

Video Production Ideas:
· Try Christmas in the summer and head to Yulefest for scenic landscapes.
· Do your own walk-about in the dense desert of the outback.

Arles, France

Just south of Paris, Arles is said to be home of Vincent Van Gogh. This quaint pastel-hued town offers an outdoor market with colorful fresh produce, cobblestone streets and jazzy cafes.

Video Production Ideas:
· Romance outside of the typical Paris landscape.
· Cafes once painted by famous artist like Vincent Van Gogh.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, also known as the “Marvelous City” celebrated its 450th anniversary this year. This eclectic city is eco-rich in street art, famous for its Carnival Festival, and will be the home to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Video Production Ideas:
· Take Rio by bike! If you like extreme, think Fast and Furious 6 on you next excursion through these colorful streets.
· Home to the ‘Beautiful Game’ your video inspiration may surround around the passion of soccer fans.

Magnolia Midlands, Georgia

Georgia is home to an ecological and natural marvel known as “Georgia’s Little Amazon.” Hidden treasures like ancient Indian villages, rare wildlife and award winning wines from Meinhardt Vineyards make this a truly unique area.

Video Production Ideas:
· Georgia’s sandy and coastal plains offer more than 500 species of rare plant life, cave-like crevices and magnificent waterfalls.
· Who needs Napa when you can have a lovely vineyard experience minutes away from Georgia’s coast!

Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia’s Cartagena is a serene city revealing breezy coasts and colorful streets at sunset. Founded in 1533, this historical destination offers colonial architecture, generations-old cobblestone streets, and 400-year old homes.

Video Production Ideas:
· If you are looking for color and vitality, Cartagena exudes it.
· Film your next pirate filled action film in San Felipe Castle.

Want to Find Out More

At the Global Media Desk we have been helping productions find the highest-quality local crews in cities and countries around the world for over 15 years.  We are here to help!  Please contact us with any questions you may have about filming in a particular region or fill out a free quote to see how we can make your production a complete success.

Photo Credit:Table Mountain National Park, South Africa by miquitos, on Flickr

Top 5 Tips for Organizing a Successful International Photoshoot

Top 5 Tips for Organizing a Successful International Photoshoot

When planning any photoshoot your number one priority is always to ensure you capture the absolute best photographs. If your photoshoot requires you to travel to a foreign location there could be many unexpected factors that can deter you from reaching that goal. Check out our top 5 essential tips to help you organize the most successful international photoshoot:

  1. Plan Ahead

Photo shoots in a foreign country require a lot more planning ahead and you need to do so as far in advance as possible. Some countries require visas to be obtained in advance and this process can take anywhere from one week to one month to complete. Visit https://www.visahq.com/ for country specific information.

You will also want to book your travel, hotels and other services as far in advance as possible. Booking in advance will give you the best rates and save you a lot of money.

  1. What Time is It?

Don’t forget the time difference. If you’re reading this during the daytime in the United States, it is already evening in Europe. And in Asia, it’s already tomorrow. You could already be a day behind with your planning! Make sure you know what time it is in the country you are shooting in: http://www.timeanddate.com/

  1. Make Sure You Can Convert

Voltage and power outlets vary around the world. You should have the right plug adapters and power converters before setting off. Most plug adapters do not convert the power. If your voltages don’t match you could end up blowing a fuse and that could spell disaster. Check out a detailed list of voltage requirements: http://www.powerstream.com/cv.htm

  1. Go Local

Work with local photographers in the country or region you are shooting in. Working with local people means they already know the local terrain, language, and customs. This kind of local knowledge is the single most effective way of reducing potential problems, because your locally based team will know how to avoid country-specific risks.

  1. Know When & Where You Can Shoot

Imagine your reaction if your photoshoot had to be shut down because you shot on a forbidden location, or didn’t have the right permit. What if you accidentally decided to shoot on a major local holiday when everything was closed, or didn’t follow the specific local shooting code?

The fastest and easiest way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to hire a local fixer, scout or production assistant who knows the right people and permits, and who can take care of everything prior to your arrival, thus saving you valuable time.

  1. BONUS TIP: Drone Photography

If you are interested in getting some of the best, unusual angles aerial/drone photography is the way to go. Recently many countries have implemented strict rules and regulations regarding drone use and you will want to know what you can and can’t do.  We work with trained drone operators around the globe so feel free to ask us for more information!

 

And don’t forget to have fun!  Traveling to a new country is a wonderful opportunity!   Try to schedule some time to get out there and explore. Your local photographer will probably have some great advice on places to visit in the area.

At the Global Media Desk we have been helping organize successful photoshoots around the world for fifteen years. We have seen and done it all! Please contact us with any questions you may have about shooting in a specific country or request a free online quote to see how we can make your photoshoot a complete success.

Filming Incentives in Latin America

6 Filming Incentives in Latin America That Will Maximize Your Budget

Latin America is heating up as top destination for film production.  While Mexico has always served as the setting for many Hollywood blockbusters, other Latin American countries have similar appeal and attraction.  With new filming incentives, different and diverse natural scenery, from beaches to mountains and both colonial and modern buildings it’s easy to see why Latin America is on the rise.

Each country has specific requirements that need to be met to qualify for the incentive programs and many also have an annual cap on the amount of funds to be awarded under their incentive program. You can find more in-depth information about each state’s incentive program more by clicking on the links provided.

Filming Incentives in the Caribbean

Dominican Republic

25% transferable tax credit on all eligible expenditures including preproduction, production, and post-production
www.dgcine.gob.do

Puerto Rico

40% transferable tax credit of the money paid to Puerto Rican resident vendors and individuals
www.puertoricofilm.org

Trinidad & Tobago

12.5% to 35% cash rebate of qualifying local spend and up to 20% additional cash rebate to the hire of Trinidad and Tobago nationals employed as “Keys and Talent”
www.trinidadandtobagofilm.com

Filming Incentives in Mexico & Central America

Mexico

Up to 7.5% cash reimbursement on qualifying local spend and a refund of VAT up to 16%
www.comefilm.gob.mx/en

Panama

15% cash rebate
www.pfc.mici.gob.pa

Filming Incentives in South America

Colombia

40% cash rebate for film services and a 20% rebate on film logistical services: accommodations, food, and transportation costs incurred locally, and airfare (airfare must be through a Colombian travel agency)
www.locationcolombia.com

Incentive Definitions

Film Production Rebate
A rebate (or grant) is funds paid to the production company based on the amount of qualifying expenditures, or jobs created in the state or country by the project. The production company does not need to file a tax return for rebates.

Film Refundable Tax Credits
A refundable tax credit is similar in function to a rebate, however, the production company must file a tax return to claim it, and receive a credit for taxes owed. Tax credits can sometimes be used as collateral to obtain a loan so that the production company receives an advance, which is usually discounted.

Film Transferable Tax Credits
A transferable tax credit may be sold or assigned to a local taxpayer. Some states offer transferable tax credits, which allow production companies to sell or get a refund for tax credits that they are not able to use. Many times brokers are used to perform these transactions.

Film Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Tax Credits
This type of tax credit can be used to offset a production company’s current tax liability, and can be carried forward for a set time, but not transferred to third parties.

The information stated herein is for reference only and based on a source using data as of January 2015. Make sure you consult a qualified tax adviser and professional who is familiar with tax incentive programs to determine the best fit for your project.

Find Out More

At the Global Media Desk we have been helping productions find the highest-quality local crews in Latin America for fifteen years.  We are here to help!  Please contact us with any questions you may have about filming in the region or fill out a quote to see how we can make your production a complete success.

Photo Credit: By Chensiyuan (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

Behind the Scenes of Irish Country Magazine’s Photo Shoot in Marrakech, Morocco

While on location in Marrakech, Morocco, Irish Country Magazine wanted to capture some amazing behind the scenes footage of their stunning photo shoot.  Of course Global Media Desk has the most professional and experienced videographers in the region and was naturally their first choice!  Check out theses super cool images our local videographer was able to snag of the fun and beautiful scene.

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

 

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

 

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

 

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

 

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

 

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

 

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

 

Videographer for Photoshoot in Marrakesh, Morocco

 

Need a local, professional and talented photographer or videographer? At the Global Media Desk we work with the finest, most respected professionals in every city and country around the world. Contact us today to find out more or fill out a quote to see how the Global Media Desk can help bring your vision to life.

One-of-a-Kind Drone Photos You May Never See Again

Drones have opened our eyes to an entirely new perspective of the world. The images captured by these amazing aerials show us landscapes and landmarks like they’ve never been seen before.  Check out these phenomenal photos taken by famous photographer Amos Chapple!  With drone use now illegal in many locations, these collections of beautiful drone images are some of the only aerial photos of their type.

Drone Image of New Delhi, India
New Delhi, India

 

Drone Image of Sacré-Cœur, Paris, France
Sacré-Coeur, Paris, France

 

Drone Photo of Hotel Ukraina, Kiev, Ukraine
Hotel Ukraina, Kiev, Ukraine

 

Drone Photo of Saint Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg, Russia

 

Drone Photo of Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India

 

Drone Photo of Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

 

Drone Photo of Saint Petersburg, Russia
Saint Petersburg, Russia

 

Drone Photo of Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey

 

 Drone Photo of Mumbai, India
Mumbai, India

 

Drone Image of Tbilisi, Georgia
Tbilisi, Georgia

 

Drone Image of Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary

 

Drone Image of Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia

 

Drone Image of Bourtange, Netherlands
Bourtange, Netherlands

 

Interested in learning more about how you can use drones for your next project?  At the Global Media Desk, we are experts in all things drone related, as well as leading providers of video production, photography, and interpreting services worldwide.  With fifteen years of experience, our knowledgeable and skilled video production crews, photographers, and interpreters ensure that you global project will be a success. Contact us today to find out more.

video marketing

TOP 3 Reasons Why Videos are Essential to Your Marketing Strategy

Video is the new king.  As the accessible to the internet becomes easier and easier for people around the world the way in which we reach customers and interact with them is evolving.   A report published by Demand Metric states that 70 percent of marketers use videos in their marketing strategies and 82 percent of marketers say that video content marketing has proven to be successful.  If you haven’t jumped on the video marketing bandwagon here are some of major reasons why you should start today:

Interaction and Feedback

Video sharing is a huge part of social media, and social media is a huge part of people’s lives. Getting your product or service message out there in a fun and shareable way makes it easier for you to reach and engage with your audience.  People love to comment on videos, and those comments can help you learn more about your consumers and what direction your marketing message should take.

Appealing to Customers

We all love visuals. Nothing could be more boring to the eye than reading a long list of text, even if that text has insightful and interesting information.  Visuals and movement are just better storytellers.  An embedded video, accompanied with other content, can intrigue viewers and capture their curiosity.  Also anyone who uses a smartphone knows that it’s way easier to watch a video than to read text on a four-inch screen. People simply love video and when it exists in lieu of something not as easy to view on mobile, viewers will hit that play button.

Getting Noticed on an International Scale

Video results appear in almost 70 percent of the top 100 search listings on Google and YouTube is the second-largest search engine, meaning videos get ranked high in Google results. The more shares and interaction your video gets the better it is going to help your rankings!

Video is also appealing to global or international markets because of the way it can transcend languages and boundaries and become viral worldwide. For this reason, more and more marketers are using video as a way to tap global audiences and to bring their operations around the world into the limelight.

Best Practices

Here are a few guidelines for creating an effective video for marketing:

  • Always keep your marketing video to around 60 seconds
  • Don’t use “Flash” based videos since Flash is not viewable on Apple mobile devices
  • Design the font and image sizes in the video with mobile users in mind
  • Deliver a call to action (CTA) in the video

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Taulia – Early Payment Discounts

Find Out More

At the Global Media Desk we specialize in making top-quality marketing videos in countries and cities around the world. No matter where you are located we have the best crew to meet your exact production needs.  Contact us today and see how we can take your marketing to the next level.

video camera by InfoWire.dk, on Flickr

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Dinner, Dancing and Fun in Amsterdam: Professional Photographer for a Corporate Gala

Who did ISG call when they needed a professional photographer for their corporate event in Amsterdam?  Why Global Media Desk of course!  Our local, professional and experienced photographer got some amazing shots of the dinner, dancing and fun.  Check it out:

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Professional Photographer for Corporate Gala in AmsterdamProfessional Photographer for Corporate Gala in Amsterdam

Professional Photographer for Corporate Gala in AmsterdamProfessional Photographer for Corporate Gala in Amsterdam

Professional Photographer for Corporate Gala in AmsterdamProfessional Photographer for Corporate Gala in Amsterdam

Need a local, professional and talented photographer?  At the Global Media Desk we work with the finest, most respected professionals in every city and country around the world.   Contact us today to find out more or fill out a quote to see how the Global Media Desk can help bring your vision to life.

Essential Guide to Filming Incentives in the United States & Canada

The United States and Canada have been vying against each other for film production bragging rights since the 1990s. Once Canada became a hot bed for productions with its film incentive program in 1997, many U.S. states followed suit and began launching their own production incentives. Luckily for every filmmaker the U.S. and Canada both offer many attractive filming incentives that could mean filming on every type of budget.

Filming Incentives in the United States

Each state has specific requirements that need to be met to qualify for the incentive programs and many also have an annual cap on the amount of funds to be awarded under their incentive program. You can find more in-depth information about each state’s incentive program more by clicking on the links provided.

Alaska

30% base transferable tax credit, plus an extra 20% for using Alaska cast and crew, another 6% for shooting in rural areas, and 2% for shooting off season, and 6% for the first scripted series
www.film.alaska.gov

Georgia

20% transferable base investment tax credit, plus a 10% uplift for including required Georgia promotional logo/end title credit in the project
www.georgia.org/industries/entertainment/production-incentives/

Louisiana

30% partially refundable, fully transferable motion picture production tax credit for expenditures incurred within the state, and an additional 5% credit (up to the first $1,000,000) for the use of Louisiana workers
www.louisianaentertainment.gov

Massachusetts

25% partially refundable, transferable payroll expense credit and a 25% production expense tax credit
www.mafilm.org

Puerto Rico

40% transferable tax credit of the money paid to Puerto Rican resident vendors and individuals
www.puertoricofilm.org

Filming Incentives in Canada

Federal Incentives are 16% of qualifying Canadian labor expenditures and stackable with the following provincial credits:

Alberta

25%–29% cash rebate of qualifying Alberta (AB) expenditures (not limited to AB labor)
www.film.alberta.ca

British Columbia

33% refundable tax credit of qualifying British Columbia (BC) labor expenditures
www.creativebc.com

Manitoba

30% tax credit on all Manitoba (MB) expenditures, including MB labor and MB purchases/rentals OR 45% of qualifying MB labor expenditures
www.mbfilmmusic.ca/en

New Brunswick

25% refundable tax credit of qualifying New Brunswick (NB) expenditures (not limited to NB labor) if no NB company has any ownership in the production; or 30% of qualifying NB labor and other non-labor expenditures if an NB company owns the production
www.nbfilm.ca

Newfoundland

40% refundable tax credit of qualifying Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) labor expenditures
www.nlfdc.ca

Nova Scotia

50% refundable tax credit of eligible NS labor, plus a bonus of 10% of qualifying NS labor expenses for productions shooting outside of metro Halifax and  a “Frequent Filming” bonus of 5% of qualifying labor expenses on 3rd film shot in a 2-year span
www.filmandcreativens.ca

Ontario

25% refundable tax credit of qualifying Ontario (ON) expenditures (not limited to ON labor)
www.omdc.on.ca

Quebec

20% refundable tax credit of qualifying Quebec (QC) expenditures (not limited to QC labor)
www.sodec.gouv.qc.ca/fr/home/english

Yukon

25% cash rebate of below-the-line Yukon (YT) spend, provided criteria are met
www.reelyukon.com

Incentive Definitions

Film Production Rebate
A rebate (or grant) is funds paid to the production company based on the amount of qualifying expenditures, or jobs created in the state or country by the project. The production company does not need to file a tax return for rebates.

Film Refundable Tax Credits
A refundable tax credit is similar in function to a rebate, however, the production company must file a tax return to claim it, and receive a credit for taxes owed. Tax credits can sometimes be used as collateral to obtain a loan so that the production company receives an advance, which is usually discounted.

Film Transferable Tax Credits
A transferable tax credit may be sold or assigned to a local taxpayer. Some states offer transferable tax credits, which allow production companies to sell or get a refund for tax credits that they are not able to use. Many times brokers are used to perform these transactions.

Film Non-Refundable, Non-Transferable Tax Credits
This type of tax credit can be used to offset a production company’s current tax liability, and can be carried forward for a set time, but not transferred to third parties.

The information stated herein is for reference only and based on a source using data as of January 2015. Make sure you consult a qualified tax adviser and professional who is familiar with tax incentive programs to determine the best fit for your project.

 

At the Global Media Desk we have been helping productions find the highest-quality local crews in the United States and Canada for fifteen years.  We are here to help!  Please contact us with any questions you may have about filming in the region or fill out a quote to see how we can make your production a complete success.