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May 23, 2014

Weekly Update from Film Ontario, May 23, 2014

Happy Friday!

Yesterday we sent along the written commitment to maintaining our screen-based industry tax credits from the NDP folks, along with their platform. The Liberal platform is their 2014 Spring Budget, sent to you a few weeks ago have also been in contact with us, so check your email regularly.

We encourage all of you to reach out to the candidates in your home AND business ridings, to ask for a firm written commitment to protect our industry tax credits, and talk up your business/jobs/successes.

Here is the link for each of the lead parties, to help you find your candidates:




Sarah Ker-Hornell
CEO & Executive Director


Happy Friday everyone,

Amidst all the doom and gloom about production flight from California, the story below was a bit of a surprise to industry watchers this week. As detailed in the Los Angeles Times, new figures from California's Employment Development Department show that Los Angeles County's motion picture and sound recording sector grew to 126,400 jobs in April, up 6,400 jobs from the same month last year, a 5.3% increase. 

The Times also had an interesting article this week on how low budget filmmakers - operating without permits - get around the system in Los Angeles. I found the story below enlightening for its perspective on how costs at the municipal level (not just state or provincial tax credits) can be a factor in whether a jurisdiction is truly film friendly.

As Florida contemplates whether to continue its incentives program, the Miami Herald this week took an in-depth look at the push back against production tax credits in several states across the nation. As detailed below, a number of states are currently debating whether or not to continue their incentives programs.

This next story appeared more than a month ago, but was only recently brought to my attention by an Ontario VFX stakeholder, who expressed concern over the continuing efforts of the Motion Picture Association of America to compel the U.S. International Trade Commission to consider digital file transfers imports under the Tariff Act and therefore subject to duties. 

The Buzz Feed story below details a recent commission ruling that a company transferring digital files of dental plans from its office in Pakistan to its office and 3D printer in Texas was indeed infringing on a U.S. patent on invisible dental braces. The story also expresses the hope of American VFX stakeholders that this will be the first step towards the protection of digital film, music and software files.

I have reached out to a few of my L.A.-based contacts who are very knowledgeable in the area of global incentives and they told me that neither this ruling, nor this issue, is currently on their radar. While I have followed this issue in the past, I was unable to find any recent articles on this ruling in any of the more mainstream trades, which cover industry issues in detail. You can read the Buzz Feed article below: I will keep my ears to the ground for any further news or developments.

The emergence of China as an important theatrical market continues to have a growing influence on filmmakers worldwide. Studio System News this week published an extremely informative article on how continued Chinese box office growth will continue to affect Hollywood.

And finally this week, news that the Corner Gas feature reboot will attempt to raise $100,000 in production funding through Kickstarter got me thinking about how the crowd funding site works. As luck would have it, the U.K. Telegraph has published an in-depth interview with Kickstarter's co-founder, who answers questions about how it has changed film funding and addresses widespread concerns about whether it is providing funding to projects that don't really need it.

Warmest regards,

Kelly Graham-Scherer
Los Angeles Representative
Toronto/ Ontario Film Office

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