Lights, camera, action: City again accepting applications for its film-incentive program

The City of Sacramento’s Film + Media office now is accepting applications for its film-incentive program, which works to sustain and foster growth in film and television production in the city of Sacramento.

The film incentive program, now in its second year, is funded by Measure U funds.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15, with an additional application round starting in February 2023. Three production grants of $10,000 and one post-production grant of $5,000 will be awarded in each of two separate rounds.

“We’re excited to launch year two of the Sacramento Film + Media grant program to encourage local film production in Sacramento,” said Sacramento Film Commissioner Jennifer West. “This year’s grants will be larger to ensure filmmakers have the funds they need to complete their projects. We look forward hearing their stories!”

Funds can be used to help subsidize permit fees and reducing the costs of safety personnel and for reimbursing qualified expenses for production companies.

Last year’s film-incentive program supported 12 film productions. Twelve of the projects received $5,000 production grants, three received $2,500 post-production grants, totaling $67,500.

Eligible productions include feature length films, short films, episodic television, television pilots, television movies/miniseries, documentaries, docuseries, commercials, music videos, and unscripted television

Grant applications will be reviewed and scored by a panel consisting of staff, industry peers and economic development professionals.

To review eligibility and guidelines, and to apply, please visit the Film + Media grants website.

Photo credit: James Thorton III on set of  film incentive awardee “Staffed.”

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