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Efforts are underway to bring the film industry to Michigan - again

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Efforts are underway to once again try and incentivize the film industry to come to Michigan.

Two bills (HB6504, HB6505) introduced in the state house would offer tax credits to film projects in the state - offering a base credit of 25%  for in-state spending with an additional 5% for a “filmed in Michigan” logo.

Brian Kelly is with the Michigan Film Industry Association.

“I can’t stress it enough but it’s jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said. “Nothing like a film production puts money into local chauffeurs more efficiently and more sufficiently than a film.”

Kelly said the legislation is a culmination of three years worth of work, but he doesn’t expect it to pass in lame duck.

“We will be reintroducing after the first of the year with new sponsorship,” he said. “We just want to see what people think and get some feedback. But we definitely are moving forward with this.”

Kelly said it’s more of a “coming out” for the Association.

A previous attempt to bring the film industry to Michigan through rebates ended in 2015.