City’s new film-incentive program supporting 12 film productions in Sacramento

The City of Sacramento’s Film + Media’s new film-incentive program currently is supporting 12 locally shot productions.

The pilot film-incentive program, funded by Measure U funds, launched in October 2021 and aims to sustain and foster growth in film and television production in the city of Sacramento.

Twelve of the projects received $5,000 production grants, three received $2,500 post-production grants, totaling $67,500.

The recipients of the grants represent an array of storylines with diverse casting and crews. Grants were awarded to nine local Sacramento region filmmakers, six were from outside the region. Stories include a short film, a television pilot and 10 documentaries/docuseries. A full list of awardees can be found on the Film + Media’s website.

“Sacramento Film + Media’s grant was an essential part in me and my team being able to complete our documentary film project and debut it right in the heart of Sacramento at the Esquire Imax,” said Melissa Muganzo Murphy, executive producer of the documentary film “The Big Hysto: A Black Womb Revolution.” “I am so honored to be selected as a recipient of the grant and look forward to continuing strong collaborations with the film office.”

“I am proud the City is supporting these projects through this new incentive program,” said Sacramento Film Commissioner Jennifer West. “It is exciting to see the diverse stories coming to life. I look forward to helping further uplift local productions and support bringing film productions to Sacramento.”

More film incentive grants are expected to be available in fall 2022, officials said.

Photo credit: James Thorton III on the set of “Staffed”, produced by grant awardee Orchard Fort.

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